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How to Disable Transparency Effects in Windows 10

Posted by Jim Tanous on July 15, 2015
windows 10 disable transparency

Although toned down significantly from the Aero Glass interface introduced in Windows Vista, Windows 10 still includes transparency effects in the Start Menu, Desktop Taskbar, and Action Center (technically, the correct description of this visual effect should be “translucent,” but both Microsoft and Apple describe it in their respective operating systems as “transparent”). Many users prefer the transparency effect in Windows 10 as it provides an interesting look that meshes well with a user’s desktop wallpaper image. For those who prefer greater contrast, however, transparency can be disabled for the Start Menu and Taskbar in Windows 10 Settings. Here’s how to do it.
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To disable transparency in Windows 10, first launch Settings (found by default in your Start Menu, or by searching for ‘Settings’ with Windows Search or Cortana). In Settings, select Personalization.
windows 10 settings personalization
In the Personalization section of Windows 10 Settings, select Colors from the list of options on the left side of the window. For future reference, this section lets you choose a specific accent color for your Windows 10 user account, and enable it in various UI locations in the operating system.
windows 10 settings personalization colors
For our purposes, scroll to the bottom of the Colors section and find the option labled Make Start, taskbar, and action center transparent. This option will be enabled by default on most Windows 10 installations, provided the minimum GPU and graphics settings are available. Simply click the toggle to turn the option off and you’ll see the change from transparent to opaque occur immediately in your taskbar.
windows 10 disable transparency
With your change made, close the Settings window and click the Start Button (or press the Windows key on your keyboard) or launch Action Center. You’ll find that your Start Menu, Action Center, and Taskbar are now opaque, and that the transparency effect has been disabled. If you ever wish to turn transparency in Windows 10 back on, just head back to Settings > Personalization > Colors and click the toggle again to re-enable the effect.

4 thoughts on “How to Disable Transparency Effects in Windows 10”

Yep says:
why the fuck would you do this Microsoft? Your calculator is 100% opaque when it is NOT in focus, then as soon as you click on the calculator to use it the transparency kicks in. Wouldn’t it make more sense to do it the other way around? I hate the direction MS has headed with windows 10, it’s a budget OS made for fucking simpleton touch devices. We’ve got fucking work to do!!
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Jim Black says:
My desktop icons are still very unclear. I can’t easily discern where one icon ends and the adjacent one begins.
Typical, I suppose, for the number one company for incompetent programming.
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Kamlesh Kaklotar says:
it still Doesnt Work………………… please help
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