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Aero Shortcuts for windows 7

[Windows] + [Spacebar] (Aero Peek) Make all open windows transparent to view gadgets and icons on desktop.

[Windows] + [D] (Aero Peek) Show or hide the desktop.

[Windows] + [Home] (Aero Shake) Minimize all but selected window. Reverse by clicking the key combination again.

[Windows] + left arrow OR [Windows] + right arrow (Aero Snap) Dock selected window to the left or right half of your screen.

[Windows] + up arrow OR [Windows] + down arrow (Aero Snap) Maximized and restores the selected window.

[Windows] + [SHIFT] + up arrow OR [Windows] + [SHIFT] + down arrow (Aero Snap) Maximizes and restores selected window in vertical dimension only.

[Windows] + [Tab] (Aero Flip) Launch 3D representation of open windows and click [Tab] key again to flip through them.

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What operating system do I need, so that when I run my cursor along the menu bar a window pops up, rather than a small text box?


How do I get the Aero desktop experience? The following editions of Windows 7 include Aero:
  • Windows 7 Enterprise
  • Windows 7 Home Premium
  • Windows 7 Professional
  • Windows 7 Ultimate
Aero is not included in Windows 7 Home Basic or Windows 7 Starter. You can find out which edition of Windows 7 you have on your computer by opening System in Control Panel.

The edition of Windows 7 you're running is displayed under Windows edition near the top of the window.
You also need to use a Windows theme to display Aero graphics. If you are using an Ease of Access theme, some elements such as transparency and thumbnail previews will not appear. To view which theme you are using, open Personalization in Control Panel.

The theme currently in use is highlighted.

Dec 11, 2014 | Microsoft Windows XP Professional for PC

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dont get aero


To display Aero effects such as transparency in Windows 7/Vista, follow these steps:

1. Click on Start menu.
2. Type the following text into the Start Search box: Aero
3. Click on a search result listing under Control Panel group that named as the following:

Find and fix problems with transparency and other visual effects.

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Trick: If you don't see "Find and fix problems with transparency and other visual effects" in the search results, click on Control Panel to see all Aero related items in Control Panel.

4. An "Aero - Troubleshoot computer problems" wizard dialog will appear. Click on Next button.

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5. The troubleshooting wizard will try to detect any problem by running a series of checks against various components required to make Aero works and running, such as video memory, Desktop Windows Manager (DWM) service, color depth, theme, power settings and etc. At the end of the analysis, the wizard will attempt to fix the issues related to Aero service and restart the Aero feature.

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Tip: If there is still items that are marked with red cross which indicates is the problems that prevent Aero from working properly, fix the issues and then rerun the "Find and fix problems with transparency and other visual effects" troubleshooting wizard again.

Tip: To create a shortcut to 'Find and fix problems with transparency and other visual effects', right click on it on search results, and then click on Open file location. On the "All Tasks" window opened, right click on Find and fix problems with transparency and other visual effects again, and select Create Shortcut to place the shortcut on desktop.

Hope this help. Goodluck!

Mar 28, 2011 | Biostar P4M890-M7 Motherboard

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I used to get approximately 1 inch tall minature window pics of what was open when I mouse over an icon on my taskbar but I no longer see that. Instead I get a list of the open windows which is what I lused to get only when there were too many screens open to show all of them across the bottom of my screen. It also used to bring to the surface the real window when I moused over to the mini window at the bottom. Now it doesn't show me the real window when I mouse over to an window on the list. I have tried right clicking the task bar to see if there is something I can change but haven't found it. I hope the feature wasn't taken away by an update. I have windows 7 Home Premium Servidce Pack 1. This just started happening about a month or 2 ago I believe. Thanks, Shirley


Click on Start menu.

Type the following text into the Start Search box: Aero

Click on a search result listing under Control Panel group that named as the following:

Find and fix problems with transparency and other visual effects

An "Aero - Troubleshoot computer problems" wizard dialog will appear. Click on Next button.

The troubleshooting wizard will try to detect any problem by running a series of checks against various components required to make Aero works and running, such as video memory, Desktop Windows Manager (DWM) service, color depth, theme, power settings and etc. At the end of the analysis, the wizard will attempt to fix the issues related to Aero service and restart the Aero feature.

Mar 23, 2011 | Computers & Internet

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please i want to enable aero in windows 7 my direct x is 11 and 64mb graphics


Hi waquashashmi,

A way to know if your Windows 7 system supports Aero or not is to look at Windows Experience Index score. The score (both base score and subscore for graphics component) should be equal or higher than 3.0 for Aero to work. To view your Windows Experience Index, go to Control Panel -> System and Security -> System, then click on "Windows Experience Index".

To display Aero effects such as transparency in Windows 7, follow these steps:
  1. Make sure that Windows Experience Index has been calculated and computed.
  2. Click on Start menu.
  3. Type the following text into the Start Search box: Aero
  4. Click on a search result listing under Control Panel group that named as the following: Find and fix problems with transparency and other visual effects
    arun_zac_16.jpg
    Trick: If you don't see "Find and fix problems with transparency and other visual effects" in the search results, click on Control Panel to see all Aero related items in Control Panel.
  5. An "Aero - Troubleshoot computer problems" wizard dialog will appear. Click on Next button. arun_zac_17.jpg
  6. The troubleshooting wizard will try to detect any problem by running a series of checks against various components required to make Aero works and running, such as video memory, Desktop Windows Manager (DWM) service, color depth, theme, power settings and etc. At the end of the analysis, the wizard will attempt to fix the issues related to Aero service and restart the Aero feature. arun_zac_18.jpg

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Arun Zac

Dec 07, 2010 | Vga GeForce4 Ti4200 64MB DVIout AGP Card...

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Aero effect is missing


Let Windows Vista start normally and log into your personal account. You do not need administrative privileges to enable or disable the Aero effect, as it is a personal setting and can be different for each user
  • Right-click on an empty space on the desktop to bring up the desktop's context menu. Make sure you're not clicking on an icon or a file as this will open an entirely different context menu.
  • Click "Properties" in the context menu. This will open a window containing various setting for Windows Vista's desktop.
  • Click on the drop-down menu and select the "Windows Color and Appearance" option.
  • Select one of the color schemes you wish to use for your Windows appearance. By default it is set to clear glass (marked "Default"). Simply click on the color scheme you wish to use.
  • Click on the box marked "Enable Transparency" to enable or disable the Aero effect. If there is a check in the box, transparency is enabled.
  • Use the slider marked "Transparency" to adjust the level of transparency you wish to use for the Windows Aero effect. The further right along the slider, the more transparent your windows will appear.
  • Click the "OK" button to enable your changes. You may click the "Cancel" button if you are unhappy with your adjustments and simply wish to leave the settings as they are.
  • May 21, 2010 | Microsoft Computers & Internet

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