Windows Vista – Registry Trick to Slow Down Windows Animation Speed

Windows Vista has a default animation speed for performing the tasks of minimizing, closing or maximizing any window which actually cannot be controlled by the user. However, it is possible that you change the animation speed and slow down the transition.

You need to perform a small registry trick after which you need to just press and hold the SHIFT key while performing the tasks of minimizing, closing or maximizing a window so as to slow down the transition. You need to follow the below mentioned steps.

  • Go to the Start Menu and select “Start Search”. Type in “regedit” and hit the enter key to open the Registry Editor. Just click on “Continue” incase you get a User Account Control prompt.
  • Locate the below mentioned registry key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\DWM

  • You need to right-click on “DWM” and from the right-click context menu, choose “New”. Now, from the “New” submenu, select “DWORD (32-bit) Value”.
  • Name this newly created DWORD Value as “AnimationsShiftKey”.

  • Double click on the DWORD Value “AnimationsShiftKey” and set its value data as “1”. Save the settings by clicking on “OK” button.
  • Exit the Registry Editor and restart your PC or log off and log on back to make the changes effective.

To check whether the trick is working, you may try minimizing, closing or maximizing an open window while you press and hold the SHIFT key. You may also press CTRL+WinKey+Tab to invoke Windows Flip3D and press and hold the SHIFT key before maximizing the windows/ applications. The animation speed of the maximizing task will comparatively become slower.

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