How to Disable Transparency Effects in Windows 10

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It’s not the Aero Glass of Windows Vista, but Windows 10’s transparency effects certainly aren’t for everyone.The transparency effects are visible by default in Start Menu, the Taskbar and Action center -- although each are easily disabled if they aren’t your cup of tea.

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1. Launch Settings by clicking the Start Menu and then Settings.

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2. Choose Personalization from the list of options.

personalization3. Select Colors from the options in the left sidebar.

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4. Toggle the button under Make Start, taskbar, and action center transparent to Off.

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  • Jacob King Says:

    I didn't mind the transparent effects until recently. The point at which I started getting bothered by the effects was the calendar app in the lower right of the taskbar. Hovering over various dates was incredibly distracting with the "virtual spotlight" following the mouse cursor. And the feature is buggy too. It'll show the spotlight but if you move off the floating window where the calendar resides and then back over, the effect will be gone. But it's only temporary - it'll come back when opening the calendar again (something I do regularly). There's no rational reason to have the mouse-based spotlight in the first place. And, of course, once something like that drives a person nuts, they notice it EVERYWHERE that it doesn't need to be. Microsoft should have kept it classy and simple. So I've disabled transparency effects altogether because that's the only solution that works. It's a shame because I didn't mind most of the effects, just that one and the Settings app's blurry background. The Start menu and taskbar transparency were nice gentle touches, except, again, for the mouse spotlight.

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