Confessions of a Windows Enthusiast

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Slow down the window animation speed in Windows Vista

This little tip has been kicking around since Windows Vista Beta 1 and I just confirmed that it works on the RTM build (6000.16386). For those of you who don't know what this is, you can change a certain registry key and it will allow you to slow down the animation of windows (on minimize/maximize/close for instance) by holding down the SHIFT key while performing an action.

In order to enable this, you must edit the registry.

  1. Click on the Start button.
  2. In the "Start Search" field type "regedit". When it is displayed, either click on it or press Enter.
  3. If User Account Control prompts you for consent, click on Continue.
  4. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\DWM
  5. In the right hand pane, right click on an empty space and from the context menu that appears choose "New > DWORD (32-bit) Value".
  6. Give the new DWORD (32-bit) Value a name of "AnimationsShiftKey" (without the quotes).
  7. Double click on the "AnimationsShiftKey" value and give it a value of 1.
  8. Close the Registry Editor.
  9. Log off of Windows and log back in for this to take effect.

Please note that in order for this to work you must be using Windows Aero.

One really cool way I've found to test this is to invoke Windows Flip3D by pressing CTRL+WinKey+Tab and then holding shift while clicking on a window. Pretty nifty.



  • List244 said:

    Did they change the Flip3d? It used to be Windows + Tab, no control needed.

    November 17, 2006 11:01 AM
  • List244:

    the Ctrl key isn't needed to invoke Flip3D, you can still do this via Windows Key + Tab. However, if you use CTRL+WinKey+TAB, it brings up Flip3D but leaves it on the screen when you let go of the key combination (which is why it is one of the prime examples of the SHIFT trick in action).

    November 17, 2006 11:12 AM
  • Doug said:

    Oh, like in osx; no regedit necessary.

    November 17, 2006 8:51 PM
  • Kevin said:

    Very Awesome, I also confirm works on Vista 32 Bit RTM. Very awesome.



    November 22, 2006 8:02 PM
  • Last week I read a blogpost on how to slow down the animations in Vista . Basically you have to add a

    November 28, 2006 2:52 AM
  • Graham Fluet said:

    has anyone noticed that this website cuts out half of the comments? This is starting to be a pain in

    January 10, 2007 5:51 PM
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