How to Disable Transparency in Windows 11

This post shows students and new users how to turn off Transparency effects in Windows 11. Similar to previous versions, Windows 11 includes visual effects that make its taskbar, menu and other actions areas transparent and translucent.

For some users, these added features are unnecessary and they waste resources. If you don’t this transparent interface and want a solid color for Windows, taskbar and menus, the steps below show you how to disable or turn it off in Windows 11.

All these visual effects features, new and old, make Windows 11 desktop looks great, but can add some performance hit by adding a slight delay to some activities and actions.

Older PCs and those that are not built for performance make see sluggish performance with using visual effects in Windows 11.

Changing Transparency effects in Windows 11 might be a challenge for some users, but the steps below show you how to do that with few clicks.

To get started with tuning off Transparency effects in Windows 11, follow the steps below:

How to turn off Transparency effects in Windows 11

Tuning off Transparency effects in Windows 11 may improve performance. The benefits for using Windows animations and other visual effects might not be noticeable, but improvements will be noticed when it’s off.

Windows 11 has a centralized location for majority of its settings. From system configurations to creating new users and updating Windows, all can be done from its System Settings pane.

To get to System Settings, you can use the Windows key + i shortcut or click on Start ==> Settings as shown in the image below:

Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar and search for Settings. Then select to open it.

Windows Settings pane should look similar to the image below. In Windows Settings, click Accessibility, select Visual effects on the right pane of your screen shown in the image below.

On the Visual effects settings pane, toggle the button for Transparency effects to the Off position to turn disable.

That’s should do it! Your changes to apply immediately. In some instances, you may have to reboot Windows 11 for a full change to apply.

How to enable Transparency effects in Windows 11

If you change your mind about the benefits of turning off Animation effects, you can reverse the changes above by going to Start ==> Settings ==> Accessibility ==> Visual effects and turn on Transparency effects.


This post showed you how to turn off or on Windows 11 Transparency effects. If you find any error above, please use the comment form below to report.