Slow Motion Windows Effects ? Sounds like the Matrix Movie’s Slow Motion Bullets Scene ? Well, have you ever tried tweaking windows registries to do something crazy or innovative ? Windows Registry Editor is the database of the Windows OS which store all kinds of configuration settings and options for the OS. You can make your tweaks over there to create some amazing settings for different kinds of windows functions like, Hiding account username in windows logon screen, Disabling CTRL+ALT+DEL, Force log off when log on hours expires etc etc.
Similarly by tweaking some registries we will animate windows with slow motion effect by the use of shift key i.e. while maximizing or minimizing any active window or while opening/closing any application just press and hold down shift key to watch the open window/application gets minimized or maximized in a really slow motion style which is actually awesome to watch. No Software, No Tools, just a simple tweak! Excited ain’t you ?
Below is a preview of how it looks in slow motion (click to enlarge the image) and check out the tut to enable the slow motion windows effects after the jump!
- Press and Hold Shift Key while Minimizing/Maximizing Active Windows
How to Enable Slow Motion Windows Effects in Registry Editor ?
1. Click on start icon and open run command or simply press Win+R to open the same and write down “regedit.exe” to open the Windows Registry Editor. Allow the permission by user account controls and click OK.
2. After the registry editor opened, click on HKEY_CURRENT_USER and then navigate to Software and then to Microsoft – Windows – DWM. So finally the location of the registry would be Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Microsoft\Windows\DWM and you can find some REG_DWORD files.
REG_DWORD, or just simple DWORD is the most common value type found in the Registry. The DWORD value entry can consist of 32 bit numbers expressed in decimal or hexadecimal notation.
3. Right click on DWM Folder and Select New DWORD (32-bit) value. Rename the DWORD from New Value #1 to AnimationsShiftKey. Simply copy the name from here, paste it and remember to write the exact file name as mentioned or else it won’t work. You’ll be pressing the shift key and the windows will be minimizing/maximizing like before without any effects!
4. Open the created DWORD by double clicking upon it. You will find the default value data would be assigned to zero which means the DWORD has not been enabled yet. Change the value from 0 to 1. And click on OK. Keep the Base as it is, i.e. Hexadecimal. The DWORD has been enabled, now close the registry editor.
5. In order to make it work we need to add some more commands as well. So open up the run command by pressing Win+R and type down “net stop uxsms” (without quotes) and press enter. You will see a command prompt windows appears and disappears instantly. Similarly again open the run command and type down “net start uxsms” (without quotes) and press enter. Be sure that you write the stop command first and then the start command.
6. It’s done, the Shift key Animation has been enabled. Now while minimizing or maximizing any window, simply press and hold shift key to see the window getting minimized/maximized in slow motion. Same applies to the applications, when opened or closed keep the shift key pressed to watch the slow motion windows effects.
P.s. Remember while maximizing a window, don’t keep the shift key pressed or else it will open a new window of the same. First click on the minimized window and then instantly press the shift key to view it in slow motion.
- This tweak also works while switching between 2-3 windows. When you have a lot of windows opened, we generally switch between them with a shortcut i.e. Alt+Tab. If you were unaware of this, then allow me to let you know that by pressing Alt+Tab, you can easily switch over between all the windows opened, may it be applications, browser etc etc. Now while switching, press and hold shift key to switch over in slow motion with a fade style. [Click to Enlarge Images]
- There is also another shortcut key to switch between the active windows in a 3D style. By pressing Win+Tab you can switch between the windows 3D style. So to view 3D Slow Motion Windows Effects, Press Shift key while pressing Win+Tab and you will slowly view the windows which will appear in ease-in ease-out transition.
How to Disable Slow Motion Windows Effects ?
Whenever you’re done enjoying the slow motion effects then if you want then you may disable it. For doing so, open the registry editor by running the regedit.exe command. Navigate to the DWM Folder, address is mentioned in the above steps. Double click and open the created DWORD i.e. AnimationsShiftKey and change the value either to 0 or 2. This will disable the registry though it will be still available at there so that you can enable it later.
To remove it completely, simply right click on it and select delete or directly press the delete key. It will show a system warning telling about system instability due to the deletion of the current value, don’t worry about it. Just chuck it!
- Use Headphones while Watching the Video to get Better Sound Effects!
The above mentioned registry tweak doesn’t persuade any kind off threat to the system, rather it a simple registry edit to show your friends and all. You can enable/disable it anytime but don’t play much with the registries. Though nothing will happen but it’s always good to be at the safer side. As any change to other registry values may hamper your system. But there’s nothing harm in this one, so just chill and give it a try! If it’s not working, let us know below in the comments. Cheers.