An upcoming Windows 10 update will see Microsoft remove a potentially underused feature, the “Shake to Minimize” feature, although its decision will risk drawing ire from some users.
According to Latest Windows, the internal notes referenced in the latest preview version of Windows 10 show that Microsoft will continue to remove some of its underused features, and that “Aero Shake” will become the latest version to be removed.
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As is, the feature allows you to immediately minimize all open windows to the taskbar by left-clicking on a program window and moving the cursor back and forth.
The feature may appeal to those who want to make their workspace a bit neater by removing unnecessarily open tabs, and those users would be annoyed to see the feature they trust disappear. Others, however, will not overlook the fact that you can accidentally activate the feature simply by dragging the window while performing mouse movements that resemble “flick the tab.” You could, for example, have a nervous hand.
Some, however, like software engineer Rafael Rivera, are already quite excited about the news:
21277: Aero Shake is dead. His. finally. dead. 🎉 (AeroShakeEnabled, 29983356, now it’s AlwaysDisabled.) Pic.twitter.com/maX2UMIdvhDecember 11, 2020
The “Aero Shake” feature has been included in Microsoft’s operating system since Windows 7, although not many users have likely been aware of its existence.
Instead, most would probably choose to use the Windows + M shortcut to minimize all tabs and achieve similar results. It should be noted that, unlike “Aero Shake”, there are currently no other shortcuts that can allow users to minimize all but one of the program windows on the taskbar.
In the current version of Windows 10, users have the option to disable the feature manually using the Group Policy Editor or the Windows Registry Editor, although it is not the simplest task.
Upgrade plans are still subject to change, but the feature is expected to be disabled sometime next year.
Windows Latest also reports that Microsoft plans to make its pre-installed Snipping Tool optional in the new year. Microsoft first confirmed in 2018 that the legacy Snipping Tool would be removed in favor of its more modern ‘Snip & Sketch’ feature.