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Use the Shift Key for Slow Motion Effects In Windows 7

Windows 7 Bullet Time Slow Motion ActionIt often feels like many of the animations in Windows 7 are faster than a speeding bullet.  In particular, the Flip 3D menu for me is a bit to fast.  If you want to slow down these animations temporarily by just pressing an extra key, here’s how to do that with a “slow” registry tweak.

How To Enable Slow Motion Animation Effects In Windows 7

Step 1 – Open Regedit

Click the Windows Start Menu Orb, in the Search box Type in regedit and then Press Enter.

open regedit in windows 7

Step 2 – Browse to the correct registry key

Registry Editor should open up.  Use the left pane to browse to the following key:


open the dwm registry key in windows 7

Step 3 – Create a new DWORD in the DWM Key

Right-Click the DWM key and Select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.*

*If you are on a 64-bit system, the 32-bit DWORD will still work.

create a new dwm dword key in windows 7

Step 4 – Rename the new DWORD

Right-Click the new DWORD – New Value #1- and Select Rename.  Enter the following new name:


rename the dword

Step 5 – Set the DWORD’s value data to 1

Double-Click the AnimationsShiftKey DWORD you just created and Change the Value data to 1, Hexadcimal.  Click OK when finished.
modifty the dword value data

Step 6 – Restart Your Computer

restart your pc


Now you are ready to activate slow motion effects.  Simply hold the shift key whenever you are going through an animation in Windows 7 and it will be slowed down to “bullet time” speed.

A few different instances to Press Shift:

  • Hold Shift when you Click the minimize button.
  • Hold Shift while in the Alt+Tab menu
  • Hold Shift in Flip 3D (Ctrl+Winkey+Tab)
  • Hold Shift when opening new windows.
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But that’s only a few of the many possibilities, try it out!  After all, you can’t be shown what Windows 7 is, you have to experience it for yourself.
slow motion in flip 3d in windows-7

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7 Responses to Use the Shift Key for Slow Motion Effects In Windows 7

  1. Beyond_Life August 10, 2010 at 11:09 pm #

    Nice. But how do I get that Flip 3D in the first place? I cant find it on my Win7.

    • DW96 August 10, 2010 at 11:40 pm #

      If you’re on Windows 7 Starter, you won’t have any Aero by default (but there is a “hackerish” way to do this, so we may review it), but if your Aero is enabled, then check if you have disabled Flip 3D Specificly.
      Go to Start and type in Adjust Performance. Hit enter. Enable everything. Logout and log back in again. Try Flip 3D: Ctrl + Windows Key + Tab!

      By the way this tutorial rules, I knew how to do this a long time ago and now this made me watch slo-mo animations of maximizing windows again and again! 😀

    • MrGroove August 11, 2010 at 1:40 am #

      Try Windows Key + Tab

  2. Robert August 11, 2010 at 12:24 am #

    Ok! Ill try this tonight. I love the animations in Win7 so this would be a big improvement to see.

  3. Beyond_Life August 11, 2010 at 3:49 pm #

    OMG! IT ROCKS! Thanks!

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