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Windows 10: How to Enable or Disable Windows Aero Shake

We show you how to enable or disable Windows Aero Shake to help you focus on specific documents or stop accidental minimization.


Windows Aero Shake is a handy feature that lets you quickly reduce screen clutter with a shake of an app's title bar. Doing so minimizes all windows other than the one in focus, allowing you to focus solely on what's at hand. Another wiggle lets you undo Aero Shake, maximizing the other Windows again so you can continue working.

Unfortunately, the feature can also have unintended consequences. Those who move their windows about or have dual monitors may notice that they're accidentally activating Windows shaking. This can cost valuable time when you're trying to be productive and is generally very annoying.

Disabling Aero Shake

Modifying this feature thankfully isn't too hard. A simple group policy editor is enough on Pro and higher, while Windows 10 Home users can make a quick registry tweak. We're going to show you how to disable Aero Shake using these methods, as well as how to enable it if you find it useful.

How to Enable or Disable Aero Shake via Group Policy

Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, or users can utilize the Group Policy editor to quickly modify this feature. If you're on Windows 10 Home and want to upgrade, you can follow our guide on how to do it without paying a fortune.

  1. Open the Group Policy Editor

    Press the “Start” button and type “gpedit”, clicking on the ‘Best match' result.

    Windows 10 - Search - Group Policy Editor

  2. Navigate to the Aero Shake policy

    You can find the Windows shaking policy under “User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Desktop”. Double-click “Turn off Aero Shake windows minimizing mouse gesture”.

    Windows 10 - Group Policy Editor - User Configuration-Administrative Templates-Desktop

  3. Enable or Disable the feature via the Group Policy Editor

    In the policy properties Windows, set the policy to “Enabled” to disable Aero Shake, and “Disabled” to force it on. “Not Configured” will follow your default system preferences.

    Windows 10 - Group Policy Editor - Turn Aero Shake Off

How to Enable or Disable Windows Aero Shake via the Registry Editor

Those on Windows 10 Home won't have access to the Group Policy Editor, but you can toggle the same switch via the Windows Registry. Just make you read our safe registry editing guide first.

  1. Open the Registry Editor

    Press the “Start” button and type “Registry Editor”. With the app selected, choose “Run as administrator”.

    Windows 10 - Search - Registry Editor

  2. Navigate to the Explorer Advanced regsitry key

    You can find by pasting Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced in the Registry Editor address bar.

    Windows 10 - Registry Editor - Currentversion Explorer Advanced

  3. Create a New DWORD (32-bit) Value

    Right-click any empty space in the main pane and choose “New > DWORD (32-bit) Value”.

    Windows 10 - Search - Registry Editor - New-DWORD

  4. Name the DWORD ‘DisallowShaking'

    Make sure the name is typed exactly as above, without the quotations but including the capitalization.

    Windows 10 - Search - Registry Editor - New-DWORD - DisallowShaking

  5. Turn on or Disable Windows Aero Shake

    Double-click your new DWORD to enter the Edit menu and change your “Value data” to one of the following:

    1 = disable Aero Shake
    0 = force Aero Shake
    Delete key = follow system preferences

    Once you're done, press “OK”.

    Windows 10 - Search - Registry Editor - Edit DWORD - DisallowShaking

Last Updated on August 14, 2020 7:58 pm CEST

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Ryan has had a passion for gaming and technology since early childhood. Fusing the skills from his Creative Writing and Publishing degree with profound technical knowledge, he enjoys covering news about Microsoft. As an avid writer, he is also working on his debut novel.
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