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 them.

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

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable animate windows when minimizing and maximizing 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


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Enable or Disable Animate Windows when Minimizing and Maximizing OPTION ONE Enable or Disable Animate Windows when Minimizing and Maximizing
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)

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Enable or Disable Animate Windows when Minimizing and Maximizing OPTION TWO Enable or Disable Animate Windows when Minimizing and Maximizing
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. Restart the explorer process or sign out and sign in to apply.

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


That's it,
Shawn