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How to Reduce Transparency Effects in OS X Yosemite

Posted by Jim Tanous on October 23, 2014

OS X Yosemite features a ton of transparency effects. From the Dock, to drop-down menus, to even Safari’s toolbar, Apple has made it clear that it really wants you to see what’s going on behind your active windows.
OS X Yosemite Transparency Effects
This new look is pretty cool, but many users prefer a simpler opaque design that lets them focus on their work without seeing the transparent frosted glass effect everywhere. Thankfully, Apple gives users a choice when it comes to transparency. You just need to know where to find the appropriate setting. Here’s how to reduce transparency effects in OS X Yosemite.
First, launch System Preferences and select Accessibility.
OS X System Preferences AccessibilityNext, make sure you’re on the Display section on the left side of the Accessibility window. On the right side of the window, find and check the box labeled Reduce Transparency.
OS X Yosemite Reduce TransparencyAs soon as you check the Reduce Transparency box, you’ll see your Dock, Menu Bar, and application windows immediately turn opaque. Even though the option is called “Reduce Transparency,” the effect is closer to “Disable Transparency,” as you’ll be hard pressed to find any transparency effects while in this mode.
OS X Yosemite Reduce Transparency Effects
If you decide that you prefer the new transparent look, you can easily revert to the OS X Yosemite default by heading back to System Preferences > Accessibility and deselecting the aforementioned box. This option is mostly one of personal preference, although we’ll soon be investigating if OS X transparency effects have any impact on battery life. Stay tuned.

2 thoughts on “How to Reduce Transparency Effects in OS X Yosemite”

zpmvb0977 says:
That “reduce transparency” checkbox is worded completely wrong. As you said, it completely disables it, not just reduces it. Secondly, it’s translucency, not transparency. If things were transparent, you would completely see through them. Sounds like Apple needs to re-take high school physics class!
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Abhi Khatri says:
Yeaah totally agreed.
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Theodore says:
Just be cautious when you do reduce transparency because the volume adjustments will look like it has little black squares around it. http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v251/tskater98/6fa337b4-5f80-401b-bb88-644bedf2ca2f.jpg
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