Known in the Windows 7 era as “Aero Shake”, this feature allows you to minimize windows by grabbing the ribbon of the one you want to keep open and “shaking” it while holding the left button of the mouse. This feature, now known as “Shake to Minimize”, still exists in Windows 10. Some people love it, but I, for one, don’t find it so useful. (It would be better to shake again to minimize everything.) It may even bother you if you are prone to nervous mouse movements.
Here you will learn how to deactivate “Shake to reduce”. To do this, use the Windows registry and, although the process is safe if you follow the instructions, it’s still a good idea to back up your Windows 10 registry first.
First, open the registry editor by pressing To win + R and enter
regedit in the box.
In the registry editor, go to
Here, right-click on an empty space in the right pane, select “New -> DWORD (32 bit)”, then name it “DisallowShaking”.
Double-click the newly created entry, then change the number in the “Value” box to “1” and click OK. No more shaking!
Now that you’ve turned off the “Shake to Minimize” feature, we have a bunch more registry settings for you. Head over to our Windows 10 registry hacks hub to take a look. It is also important to keep your PC healthy, so take a look at our guide to check the health of your Windows 10 hard drive.
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