Aero Shake - Clear Desktop by Shaking a Window

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    Aero Shake - Clear Desktop by Shaking a Window

    Aero Shake - Clear Desktop by Shaking a Window

    How to Clear Desktop with Aero Shake in Windows 7 and Windows 8
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    How to Clear Desktop with Aero Shake in Windows 7 and Windows 8


       Information
    This will show you how to clear the desktop to only have any one active window showing instead in Window 7 and Windows 8.

       Note
    When you clear the desktop of all but the one window, the other opened windows are minimized to the taskbar. If you have multiple monitors, then it will clear the desktop on all of them as well.
       Warning
    Aero Requirements to be Enabled in Windows 7
    NOTE: If Aero is not enabled, then Aero Shake will not work even when enabled or turned on.


    • Aero is not included in Windows 7 Starter or Home Basic, so you must have Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional, Ultimate, or Enterprise installed.
    • 1 GHz 32-bit or 64-bit processor
    • 1 GB of system memory
    • A graphics card with support for DirectX 9 graphics with at least 128 MB of memory.
    • The graphics card must support Pixel Shader 2.0 and the Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM).
    • The Desktop Window Manager Session Manager and Themes Services need to be set as Started and Automatic.
    • You must be have True Color (32 bit) set instead of High Color (16 bit).
    • Desktop composition needs to be enabled (checked) in Visual Effects.
    • Refresh or update your WEI score.





    Here's How:
    1. To Clear the Desktop
    A) Left click and hold on the Title Bar of the window you only want to show on the desktop. (See screenshot below)
    NOTE: For example, the window with a red box on the title bar in the screenshot.

    B) Shake the window a bit by draging it left and right some quickly.
    Aero Shake - Clear Desktop by Shaking a Window-full_desktop.jpg
    C) When the desktop clears, drop (release left click) the window. (See screenshot below)
    Aero Shake - Clear Desktop by Shaking a Window-clear_desktop.jpg
    2. To Restore the Desktop
    NOTE: This restores the desktop to the way it was before you cleared it in step 1. This will not restore minimized windows on the taskbar unless they have been cleared (shrunk) in step 1.
    A) Left click and hold on the Title Bar of the same window from step 1. (See screenshot below)

    B) Shake the window a bit by draging it left and right some quickly again.
    Aero Shake - Clear Desktop by Shaking a Window-clear_desktop.jpg
    C) When the minimized windows return to the desktop, drop (release left click) the window. (See screenshot below step 1B)
    That's it,
    Shawn





  1. Posts : 1,402
    Windows 7 Ultimate x64
       #1

    Thanks Brink that works a treat, wouldn't have guessed that in a million years.
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  2. Posts : 71,255
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #2

    You're welcome Echrada. It is a handy little feature in Windows 7.

    Shawn
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  3. Posts : 1,027
    Windows 7 Ultimate x64/ Windows Vista Ultimate x64
       #3

    Didn't even know that was a new feature.
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  4. Posts : 12,364
    8 Pro x64
       #4

    I discovered the maximize/minimize function but didn't know about the shaking part. It's very handy :)

    Ta Shawn. Keep 'em coming
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  5. Posts : 49,951
    Windows 11 Workstation x64
       #5

    It would be nice if it only cleared the monitor you shake in rather than all of them
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  6. Posts : 71,255
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #6

    I didn't even look for that. A warning box has been added.

    Thanks John.
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  7. Posts : 154
    Windows 7 Build 7100
       #7

    Wow that is a neat feature, I wouldn't have thought about shaking your window.. I guess it's more designed for the touch screen effect when moving things around.
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  8. Posts : 71,255
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #8

    Hi Linuzo,

    LOL, that was exactly where this feature came from.

    Shawn
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  9. Posts : 1
    windows 7
       #9

    Didn't even know that feature this is very good holy 7.
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