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How to Turn On or Off Show window contents while dragging in Windows 10

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You can set Windows 10 to show either the contents or outline of a window while you drag the window or the border of the window. This applies to both desktop apps and Windows apps.

When you turn off "show window contents while dragging", it will show the window outline while dragging instead.

This tutorial will show you how to show window contents or outline while dragging for your account in Windows 10.


CONTENTS:
  • Option One: Turn On or Off "Show window contents while dragging" in Visual Effects
  • Option Two: Turn On or Off "Show window contents while dragging" using a REG file



EXAMPLE: Show windows outline while dragging
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Turn On or Off Show window contents while dragging in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Turn On or Off Show window contents while dragging in Windows 10
Turn On or Off "Show window contents while dragging" in Visual Effects

1. Open your Visual Effects settings.

2. Check (on - default) or uncheck (off) Show window contents while dragging for what you want, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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Turn On or Off Show window contents while dragging in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Turn On or Off Show window contents while dragging in Windows 10
Turn On or Off "Show window contents while dragging" using a REG file

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The .reg files below make changes to the registry key and value below.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop

DragFullWindows DWORD

0 = Show window outline while dragging
1 = Show window contents while dragging


1. Do step 2 (on) or step 3 (off) below for what you would like to do.


 2. To Show window contents while dragging

NOTE: This is the default setting.

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

Show_window_contents_while_dragging.reg

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 3. To Show window outline while dragging

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

Show_window_outline_while_dragging.reg

download

4. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

5. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

6. If prompted, click on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7. Sign out and sign in or restart the computer to apply.

8. You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.



That's it,
Shawn