Disable Windows “Aero Shake” in Windows 8, 8.1

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Aero Shake is a feature that debuted in Windows 7. It allows the user to minimize all of the open windows on the desktop by grabbing and shaking one of the currently open windows. Today I came to the realization that this feature is extremely annoying!
So, if you find it annoying too, here is how to turn it off.

IMPORTANT NOTE – These steps will not work on the “Home Edition” of Windows 8. There is a quick command line entry below, that will accomplish this for you. ** I make no guarantee’s of entering registry changes on YOUR computer — USE AT YOUR OWN RISK! **

  • Open the Run box. (Windows key + R key)
  • Type gpedit.msc and click OK to open the Local Group Policy Editor
  • Under User Configuration expand the Desktop folder — Right click on Turn off Aero Shake windows minimizing mouse gesture, and select Edit, then toggle the setting to Enabled.
  • Close the Local Group Policy Editor. Now you can shake windows until you experience blindness and nothing will happen.

Command Line

  • Move the mouse into the lower left corner, right click and select Command Prompt (Admin)
  • Type the following command, and press enter :
    reg add hkcu\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer /v NoWindowMinimizingShortcuts /t REG_DWORD /d 0x1 
  • Reboot the computer and Aero Shake should be disabled.
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