How to turn Aero ON/OFF from the My Computer context menu in Windows desktop [Tip]

Aero is the glass effect in Windows Vista and 7 that you can select to turn on/off from system properties. However, you can set up an Aero On/Off shortcut in Windows. With this registry tweak you can add Aero On/Off options to the My Computer context (right-click) menu.

Open the registry be entering regedit in the Start Menu search box. Alternatively, press Win + R to open Run and enter regedit there. That will open the registry window in the shot below.

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Next, browse to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}\shell. Right-click the Shell key and then go to New > Key. Enter Aero On for the new key’s title, and right-click Aero On to create another key with the title command as shown below.

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Select the command key, and click on Default in the right-pane. That will open the window in the shot directly below. Enter Rundll32 dwmApi #102 in the Edit String window, and press the OK button.

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Now close the registry window. Right-click the My Computer icon to open the context menu that will now include an Aero On option as below.

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You can add an Aero Off option to My Computer context much the same. In exactly the same registry location set up the Aero Off key by right-clicking Shell, and add a command key to it. Click Default to open the Edit String window, and enter Rundll32 dwmApi #104. Then you’ll find an Aero Off option on the My Computer context menu.

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So there you have it! Now you can select Aero On or Aero Off options directly from the My Computer context menu on the desktop.

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