A Guide to Turning Transparency Effects On or Off in Windows 11

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The article guides users on how to enable or disable Transparency effects in Windows 11 via Windows Settings or the Registry Editor. Transparency effects in Windows 11 provide visual flourishes to various components such as the taskbar, menu, and various applications, making them appear lightly transparent. While some users appreciate the aesthetic enhancement, others perceive…

This article describes steps to turn on or off Transparency effects in Windows 11.

Transparency effects in Windows 11 are visual effects that make certain parts of the operating system, such as the taskbar, menu, and other activity areas, transparent or translucent.

They also make some window backgrounds and surfaces slightly transparent, including context menus, File Explorer, Quick Settings, Settings, sign-in screen, Start menu, and more.

Enabling or disabling transparency effects in Windows 11 is a matter of personal preference. Some prefer a more opaque and solid appearance to their windows and menus. In contrast, others like the transparency effects as they add a certain level of visual appeal and sophistication to the operating system.

Additionally, turning off transparency effects can help to reduce visual distractions, especially for those who find the transparency effects to be a bit too distracting or overwhelming.

Furthermore, the effects of disabling transparency can help improve the system’s performance on older or less powerful hardware by reducing the amount of graphical processing required.

How to turn on or off Transparency effects in Windows 11 via Windows Settings

As mentioned, users can turn transparency effects on or off to help reduce visual distractions.

Here’s how to do it.

First, open the Windows Settings app.

Then, select Accessibility on the left and the Visual effects tile on the right to expand it.

On the Accessibility > Visual effects settings pane, select the “Transparency effects” tile. Then, toggle the switch button to the On position to enable it.

To disable it, toggle the switch button to the Off position.

Windows 11 transparency effects on or off

Exit the Setting app when done.

How to turn on or off transparency effects via the Registry Editor

Another way to enable or disable the Transparency effects is via the Windows Registry Editor.

To do that, first, open the Windows Registry, and navigate to the folder key path as listed below.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Themes\Personalize

If you don’t see the Personalize folder key, right-click on the Themes key, then create the subkey (Personalize) folders.

windows 11 transparency effect folder key registry
windows 11 transparency effect folder key registry

Right-click on the Personalize folder key’s right pane and select New -> DWORD (32-bit) Value. Type a new key named EnableTransparency.

Double-click the new value name (EnableTransparency) and enter the Value data as 1 to turn on Transparency effects in Windows 11.

Value data 0 will turn off Transparency effects in Windows 11.

windows 11 transparency effect folder key registry value data
windows 11 transparency effect folder key registry value data

That should do it!

Reference:

Microsoft support

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to turn off or on Transparency effects in Windows 11. Please use the comment form below if you find any errors above or have something to add.

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