Turn On or Off Transparency Effects in Windows 10  

    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
    Published by Category: Customization
    28 Feb 2020
    Designer Media Ltd


    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. You will not see any open windows or desktop icons through the full screen Start.

    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.

    Starting with Windows 10 build 18298, turning on or off transparency effects will now also be reflected on the sign-in screen.

    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
    Turn On or Off Transparency Effects in Windows 10-transparency_on-1.jpg Turn On or Off Transparency Effects in Windows 10-transparency_off-1.jpg

    Turn On or Off Transparency Effects in Windows 10-transparency_on-2.jpg Turn On or Off Transparency Effects in Windows 10-transparency_off-2.jpg






    OPTION ONE

    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.

    Turn On or Off Transparency Effects in Windows 10-transparency_effects_in_settings.jpg






    OPTION TWO

    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.

    Turn On or Off Transparency Effects in Windows 10-show_transparency_in_windows.jpg






    OPTION THREE

    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




  1. Posts : 116
    Windows 10 x64
       #1

    I found a mistype. The correct path is :

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Themes\Personalize
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  2. Brink's Avatar
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 19631
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       #2

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  3. Posts : 116
    Windows 10 x64
       #3

    A question. Can this settings apply to all users or just HKEY_CURRENT_USER only?
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  4. Brink's Avatar
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 19631
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       #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.
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  5. Posts : 116
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       #5

    Ok so i have to make my own program that automatically changing user settings for first time
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       #6

    Creating a task in Task Scheduler to run this at log in may be an option.
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  7. ICIT2LOL's Avatar
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    1010 Pro on all on various machines version 1909
       #7

    Hello Shawn have fixed the taskbar transparency but cannot get the Start menu in transparency have used all options and also checked the reg it is reading (1) for that entry any ideas??
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  8. Brink's Avatar
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       #8

    Hello John,

    I haven't seen a way to have clear transparency for Start or full screen Start.
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  9. ICIT2LOL's Avatar
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    1010 Pro on all on various machines version 1909
       #9

    Ok no problems Shawn it isn't that I sit there staring at it all day anyway
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