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    Enable or Disable Animate Windows when Minimizing and Maximizing

    Enable or Disable Animate Windows when Minimizing and Maximizing

    How to Enable or Disable Animate Windows when Minimizing and Maximizing in Windows
    Published by Category: General Tips
    04 Mar 2021
    Designer Media Ltd



    How to Enable or Disable Animate Windows when Minimizing and Maximizing in Windows


    By default, Windows will animate (fade and slide) windows when you minimize and maximize OR open and close them.

    If you don't like this animation, then you can disable it to have windows minimize and maximize instantly without any animation.

    Starting with Windows 10 build 21277, Microsoft has updated the animation when opening or closing a window to make the transition smoother.

    This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable animate windows when minimizing, maximizing, open, and close for your account in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.


    Contents

    • Option One: Enable or Disable Animate Windows when Minimizing and Maximizing in Visual Effects Performance Options
    • Option Two: Enable or Disable Animate Windows when Minimizing and Maximizing using a REG file



    EXAMPLE: Animate windows when minimizing and maximizing
    Enable or Disable Animate Windows when Minimizing and Maximizing-animate_windows_when_minimizing_and_maximizing.gif






    OPTION ONE

    Enable or Disable Animate Windows when Minimizing and Maximizing in Visual Effects Performance Options


    1 Press the Win + R keys to open Run, type SystemPropertiesPerformance.exe into Run, and click/tap on OK to directly open to the Visual Effects tab in Performance Options

    2 Check (enable - default) or uncheck (disable) Animate windows when minimizing and maximizing for what you want, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

    Enable or Disable Animate Windows when Minimizing and Maximizing-animate_windows_when_minimizing_and_maximizing.png






    OPTION TWO

    Enable or Disable Animate Windows when Minimizing and Maximizing using a REG file


    The downloadable .reg files below will modify the string value in the registry key below.

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\WindowMetrics

    MinAnimate string value

    0 = Disable
    1 = Enable


    1 Do step 2 (enable) or step 3 (disable) below for what you would like to do.


    2 To Enable Animate Windows when Minimizing and Maximizing

    This is the default setting.

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the REG file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Enable_Animate_windows_when_minimizing_and_maximizing.reg

    Download


    3 To Disable Animate Windows when Minimizing and Maximizing

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the REG file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Disable_Animate_windows_when_minimizing_and_maximizing.reg

    Download


    4 Save the .reg file to your desktop.

    5 Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

    6 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

    7 sign out and sign in or restart the computer to apply.

    8 You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


    That's it,
    Shawn






  1. Posts : 134
    Windows 10 PRO
       #1

    Doesn't work by editing the registry on my 1909 build. Only manual switching in SystemPropertiesPerformance.exe works. Switching the MinAnimate from 0 to 1 and vice versa, then killing explorer.exe and start it again doesn't do anything, not even ticks or unticks the box in the SystemPropertiesPerformance.exe.

    However, when ticking/unticking in SystemPropertiesPerformance.exe, it changes the value from 0 to 1.
    I've tried my own .bat file for it, as well as your registry file in this thread and it looks the same for both.
      My Computers


  2. Posts : 64,510
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #2

    bl00keRs said:
    Doesn't work by editing the registry on my 1909 build. Only manual switching in SystemPropertiesPerformance.exe works. Switching the MinAnimate from 0 to 1 and vice versa, then killing explorer.exe and start it again doesn't do anything, not even ticks or unticks the box in the SystemPropertiesPerformance.exe.
    Hello mate,

    Does it get applied if you sign out and sign in afterwards?
      My Computers


  3. Posts : 134
    Windows 10 PRO
       #3

    I thought it may be the case... and it was. It works as it should only when logging off and in, or restart. Restarting explorer.exe hasn't any impact on these settings. It's actually the case not only for this one but for taskbar animations as well, but not for Aero Peek for example. I'm creating a batch file for all visual effects for many computers/users. I can be back and tell you which works with restarting explorer.exe only, and which needs to log off/restart, only if you have the time for updating every visual effect topic with this information or I'll not post anything and not losing my time.
      My Computers


  4. Posts : 64,510
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #4

    bl00keRs said:
    I thought it may be the case... and it was. It works as it should only when logging off and in, or restart. Restarting explorer.exe hasn't any impact on these settings. It's actually the case not only for this one but for taskbar animations as well, but not for Aero Peek for example. I'm creating a batch file for all visual effects for many computers/users. I can be back and tell you which works with restarting explorer.exe only, and which needs to log off/restart, only if you have the time for updating every visual effect topic with this information or I'll not post anything and not losing my time.
    Hmm, it appears something has changed at least for this setting on restarting the explorer process to apply the change.

    I'll have to test the others as well.
      My Computers


  5. Posts : 134
    Windows 10 PRO
       #5

    I'm still on the 1909 build if you wondering.
      My Computers


  6. Posts : 64,510
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #6

    bl00keRs said:
    I'm still on the 1909 build if you wondering.
    I'm seeing the same in build 21327.
      My Computers


  7. Posts : 4
    Windows 10
       #7

    nice tutorial
      My Computer


 

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