Turn On or Off Transparency Effects in Windows 10

How to Turn On or Off Transparency Effects in Windows 10

Windows 10 allows having transparency effects enabled or disabled for the taskbar, Start, and Action center. Disabling the semi-transparent areas will also disable acrylic Fluent Design effects for Store apps, the Settings app, and the Start menu.

By default, transparency effects are enabled in Windows 10. When you open the Start menu, it appears semi-transparent with the blur effect behind it.

Transparency Effects are enabled:

Windows 10 Transparency Effects Enabled

Transparency Effects are disabled:

Windows 10 Transparency Effects Disabled

Blur will be significantly reduced for the Tablet mode UI, making the desktop wallpaper visible behind it.

This post will show you how to turn on or off transparency effects in Windows 10. Three different methods can be used for that.

To Turn On or Off Transparency Effects in Windows 10,

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Browse to Personalization > Colors on the left.Windows 10 Personalization Color
  3. Turn off or on the toggle option Transparency effects in the right page.Windows 10 Disable Transparency Effect
  4. You are done.

Note: You can open the Colors page of Settings directly. Press the Win + R shortcut keys together on your keyboard and type the following in the Run box: ms-settings:colors. For the list of ms-settings commands available in Windows 10, refer to the following post: ms-settings Commands in Windows 10.

If you disable the Transparency effects option, transparency effects will be disabled for the taskbar, Start menu, and Action center, along with the blur effect on the sign-in screen.

Alternatively, transparency effects can be disabled in Ease of Access settings.

Turn On or Off Transparency Effects in Ease of Access Settings

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Navigate to Ease of Access > Display on the left.
  3. Turn off or on the toggle option Show transparency in Windows on the right side, under Simplify and personalize Windows.Windows 10 Disable Transparency Effects
  4. You are done.

Finally,  you can turn off or on  transparency effects with a Registry tweak.

Turn On or Off Transparency Effects in Registry

  1. Open the Registry Editor app.
  2. Go to the following Registry key.
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Themes\Personalize.
  3. On the right, modify or create a new 32-Bit DWORD value EnableTransparency. Note: Even if you are running 64-bit Windows you must still create a 32-bit DWORD value.
  4. Set its value to 1 to enable transparency effects.
  5. Set its value data to 0 to disable transparency effects.
  6. To make the changes done by the Registry tweak take effect, you need to sign out and sign in to your user account.

Author: The MFTNEXT Team

The MSFTNEXT project is a small team of authors who love to engage with the latest technology and gadgets. Being passionate Windows bloggers, we are happy to help others fix their system issues.

2 thoughts on “Turn On or Off Transparency Effects in Windows 10”

  1. You can also use the Registry Tweak below to make the taskbar clear and see-through. It’ll disable Acrylic Blur, but leave transparency on. (Downside is, it’ll disable transparency in all other places of the Windows UI, such as the start menu, action centre & settings app..).
    It’ll also make the taskbar darker, which is mostly why I have this tweak applied. To have a better contrast between the taskbar background and the app names & icons.

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Dwm]
    “ForceEffectMode”=dword:00000001

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