[Fix] Aero Shake Feature Stops Working in Windows 7

Aero Shake is a feature introduced in Windows 7 using which you can minimize all other open windows, by clicking on the title bar of an application and shaking it using the mouse. This causes all other applications (except that application window) to minimize automatically. This feature is available in Home Premium, Professional, Ultimate, and Enterprise editions of Windows 7.

If Aero Shake has stopped working on your PC all of a sudden and you’ve tried running the Aero Troubleshooter, here are some other things that you can try.

Note: If you had disabled the Aero Snap (automatic window docking) feature recently, Aero Shake gets disabled too.

Enable Aero Snap and Aero Shake

  1. Click Start, type dock in the Search box.
  2. Click Turn off automatic window arrangement in search results.
  3. Uncheck the option named: Prevent windows from being automatically arranged when moved to the edge of the screen
  4. Click OK and then close the Control Panel.

This enables Aero Snap and Aero Shake. If the “shake” feature still doesn’t work, you may need to check if it’s been disabled by a Policy setting, just in case if someone may have enabled the setting via the registry or a third-party program.

Disabling the Aero Shake Policy Setting

Using the Registry Editor

  1. Click Start, type regedit.exe and click OK.
  2. Navigate to the following branch:
  3. Delete the value named NoWindowMinimizingShortcuts
  4. Exit the Registry Editor.
  5. Logoff and log back in.

Using the Group Policy Editor

Before you proceed, understand that the Group Policy Editor is only available in Professional, Ultimate, and Enterprise Editions of Windows 7.

  1. Click Start, type gpedit.msc, and click OK.
  2. Go to the following branch:
    User Configuration → Administrative Templates → Desktop
  3. Double-click Turn off Aero Shake window minimizing mouse gesture
  4. Set it to Disabled, and click Apply
  5. Set it to Not configured, and click OK
  6. Exit the Group Policy Editor.
  7. Logoff and log back in.

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Ramesh Srinivasan is passionate about Microsoft technologies and he has been a consecutive ten-time recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award in the Windows Shell/Desktop Experience category, from 2003 to 2012. He loves to troubleshoot and write about Windows. Ramesh founded Winhelponline.com in 2005.

1 thought on “[Fix] Aero Shake Feature Stops Working in Windows 7”

  1. Superb, this was only solution (dock one) that worked on my machine. 🙂
    So Happy bcz I was really pulling my hairs since past 3 days.
    thanks a lot

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