How to Turn On or Off Aero Shake on Windows 11

This post shows students and new users steps to enable or disable “Aero Shake” or “Title bar window shake” when using Windows 11. First introduced in Windows 7, Aero Shake minimizes all open app windows on your desktop except the one you’re holding with your mouse. It allows you to declutter the desktop by grabbing and shaking a window to minimize all other apps, and simply shaking again, restores the minimized windows.

This feature is turned off be default in Windows 11. However, if you’ve used it before in previous of Windows, and want to bring it back in Windows 11, then use the steps below to enable it.

If you haven’t used it before, Aero Shake is easy to use. All you have to do is grab the app window you want to keep open by selecting its title bar. You can grab it by clicking and holding down the left mouse button.

While holding the app windows, shake the mouse, and all other windows will minimize in the background. Hold down the same window and shake again to restore all the minimized windows in the background.

The steps below show you how to turn it on or off.

To get started with enabling or disabling Aero Shake on Windows 11, follow the steps below.

How to enable or disable Aero Shake on Windows 11

As mentioned above, Aero Shake is disable by default. To enable it, follow the steps below.

Windows 11 has a centralized location for majority of its settings app. From system configurations to creating new users and updating Windows, all can be done from the System Settings pane.

To get to System Settings, you can use the Windows key + i shortcut or click on Start ==> Settings as shown in the image below:

Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar and search for Settings. Then select to open it.

Windows Settings pane should look similar to the image below. In Windows Settings, click System, and select Multitasking on the right pane of your screen shown in the image below.

On the Multitasking settings pane, toggle the button for “Title bar windows shake” to the On or Off position to enable or disable Aero Shake.

Exit the settings pane, and you’re done.

That’s it!


This post showed you how to enable or disable Aero Shake on Windows 11. If you find any error above or have something to add, please use the comment form below.