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    Turn On or Off Transparency Effects in Windows 10

    Turn On or Off Transparency Effects in Windows 10

    How to Turn On or Off Transparency Effects in Windows 10
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    04 Jun 2018
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    How to Turn On or Off Transparency Effects in Windows 10


    In Windows 10, you can turn on or off transparency effects for the Start, taskbar, and action center. This will also turn on or off the acryclic Fluent Design effects for Start and UWP apps.

    If you are using a high contrast theme, then transparency and blur will be disabled.

    If you have transparency turned on, full screen Start will become more transparent to see the desktop background behind it.

    If you turn off transparency, it will also disable blur.

    Starting with Windows 10 build 16241, Microsoft has softened the noise layer of Acrylic Material when you have transparency turned on.

    This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off transparency effects for Start, taskbar, action center, and UWP apps Fluent Design for your account in Windows 10.


     CONTENTS:

    • Option One: To Turn On or Off Transparency Effects in Personalization Settings
    • Option Two: To Turn On or Off Transparency Effects in Ease of Access Settings
    • Option Three: To Turn On or Off Transparency Effects using a BAT file


    EXAMPLE: Transparency effects turned on and off
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    Turn On or Off Transparency Effects in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Turn On or Off Transparency Effects in Windows 10
    To Turn On or Off Transparency Effects in Personalization Settings

    1. Open Settings, and click/tap on the Personalization icon.

    2. Click/tap on Colors on the left side, and turn On (default) or Off Transparency effects under More options on the right side for what you want. (see screenshot below)

    3. When finished, you can close Settings if you like.

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    Turn On or Off Transparency Effects in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Turn On or Off Transparency Effects in Windows 10
    To Turn On or Off Transparency Effects in Ease of Access Settings


    This option is only available starting with Windows 10 build 17025.

    1. Open Settings, and click/tap on the Ease of Access icon.

    2. Click/tap on Display on the left side, and turn On (default) or Off Show transparency in Windows for what you want under Simplify and personalize Windows on the right side. (see screenshot below)

    3. When finished, you can close Settings if you like.

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    Turn On or Off Transparency Effects in Windows 10 OPTION THREE Turn On or Off Transparency Effects in Windows 10
    To Turn On or Off Transparency Effects using a BAT file


    The downloadable .bat files below will modify the DWORD value in the registry key below.

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Themes\Personalize

    EnableTransparency DWORD

    0 = Turn off
    1 = Turn on

    1. Do step 2 or step 3 below for what you would like to do.


     2. To Turn Off Transparency Effects

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

    Turn_Off_Start_Menu_and_Taskbar_Transparency.bat

    download


     3. To Turn On Transparency Effects

    This is the default setting.

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

    Turn_On_Start_Menu_and_Taskbar_Transparency.bat

    download

    4. Save the .bat file to your desktop, and run the .bat file.

    5. If prompted, click/tap on Run to approve.

    If you like, you can unblock the .bat file to stop getting the Run prompt.

    6. You will now notice your screen flicker and a command prompt quickly open and close as explorer is restarted to apply the registry changes.

    7. When finished, you can delete the downloaded .bat file if you like.


    That's it,
    Shawn


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  1.    15 Sep 2016 #1

    I found a mistype. The correct path is :

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Themes\Personalize
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  2. Posts : 30,069
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       15 Sep 2016 #2

      My ComputersSystem Spec

  3.    09 Jan 2017 #3

    A question. Can this settings apply to all users or just HKEY_CURRENT_USER only?
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  4. Posts : 30,069
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 17692
    Thread Starter
       09 Jan 2017 #4

    Hello evildog1, :)

    I'm afraid that it's a per user setting. It doesn't appear to do anything if applied to HKLM.

    I also don't see a group policy for this yet that could be applied to all users.
      My ComputersSystem Spec

  5.    12 Jan 2017 #5

    Ok so i have to make my own program that automatically changing user settings for first time
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  6. Posts : 30,069
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 17692
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       12 Jan 2017 #6

    Creating a task in Task Scheduler to run this at log in may be an option.
      My ComputersSystem Spec


 

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