Turn On or Off Blur for Start Menu and Taskbar in Windows 10

    Turn On or Off Blur for Start Menu and Taskbar in Windows 10

    How to Turn On or Off Start Menu and Taskbar Blur in Windows 10

    Published by BrinkCategory: Customization
    01 May 2015 Last Updated: 06 Mar 2017 at 23:32

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    How to Turn On or Off Start Menu and Taskbar Blur in Windows 10

    warning   Warning
    This tutorial no longer works starting with Windows 10 build 10147 on June 18th 2015.

    information   Information
    In Windows 10, you can turn on or off the blur behind the Start menu and taskbar when you have transparency turned on.

    This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off the bur behind the Start menu and taskbar for your user account in Windows 10.

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

    If you have transparency turned on, then you will be able to turn on or off the blur effect behind the Start menu and taskbar.

    If you have transparency turned off, then the Start menu and taskbar will just be a solid color with blur disabled.


    EXAMPLE: Blur behind Start menu and Taskbar On and Off

    (Blur on)
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    (Blur off)
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    Here's How:

    Note   Note
    The .bat files below are for changing the DWORD value in the registry key below.

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

    EnableBlurBehind 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 Start Menu and Taskbar Blur

    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_Blur.bat

    download


     3. To Turn On Start Menu and Taskbar Blur

    NOTE: 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_Blur.bat

    download

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

    5. If prompted, click/tap on Run to approve.
    NOTE: 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.    01 May 2015 #1

    aww no properties yet?
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  2.    01 May 2015 #2
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    Windows 10 Home/10 Pro x 3/Windows 10 Insider Preview ?

    Thanks Brink.
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  3.    20 Jun 2015 #3
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    Thanks Brink for the trick. It's been working like a charm for the latest betas.
    However, I cannot make it work in 10147 in order to disable the blur transparency effect. I modify the key in the Windows registry and, even after restarting, it doesn't change and it keeps the blurred transparency, which I don't like.

    I've searched in the registry for another 'EnableBlurBehind' chain and nothing is found apart from the one referred in this thread.
    Anyone else seeing this? Any suggestions?
    Thanks
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  4.    20 Jun 2015 #4
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    Hello Jackalito,

    I'm having the same issue in build 10147. It looks like this will no longer work in it.

    I'll test again in the next official build release to see if it may work in it.
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  5.    20 Jun 2015 #5
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    Windows 8.1/10 TP 9926

    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello Jackalito,

    I'm having the same issue in build 10147. It looks like this will no longer work in it.

    I'll test again in the next official build release to see if it may work in it.
    Thanks, Brink.

    I really hope they allow us to change it in future builds or, at least, in the RTM/GA one, whether from Settings or modifying the Registry.
    I'll also try it again with the next official build for Insiders

    Cheers!
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  6.    20 Jun 2015 #6
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello Jackalito,

    I'm having the same issue in build 10147. It looks like this will no longer work in it.

    I'll test again in the next official build release to see if it may work in it.
    Hopefully it's a small change, much like enabling the 'Dark' theme: it required changing the DWORD from 'SystemUsesLightTheme' to 'AppsUseLightTheme'.
    Still working on it!
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  7.    20 Jun 2015 #7
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    Quote Originally Posted by Edwin View Post
    Hopefully it's a small change, much like enabling the 'Dark' theme: it required changing the DWORD from 'SystemUsesLightTheme' to 'AppsUseLightTheme'.
    Still working on it!
    Thanks, Edwin Turn On or Off Blur for Start Menu and Taskbar in Windows 10
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  8.    30 Jun 2015 #8
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    Windows 8.1/10 TP 9926

    Has anyone tried if we can get transparency without blur in build 10158?
    Thanks and sorry for the double post!
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  9.    30 Jun 2015 #9
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    Sorry to say that this tutorial no longer works in build 10158.

    I'm removing this tutorial now.
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