by defaultsome UI elements and components in Windows 11 apply transparency effects. This effect displays acrylic blur, making the Windows 11 OS more visually appealing. But if you don’t like the transparency effect for some reason, you can also easily disable it dand if you change your mind, you can reactivate it.
So, for those of you who don’t know how, here are some ways to disable this effect:
1. Through Personalization Settings
To enable or disable the transparency effect in Windows 11, you can do this through the Personalization settings in Settings, how to:
- Press Win + I to open the Settings app.
- Then, navigate to Personalization > Colors and click the ON/OFF button in the Transparency Effects menu to turn the effect on and off
2. Via Accessibility Settings
Apart from going through the Personalization settings, you can also use the Accessibility settings to enable or disable the transparency effect, how to:
- Pressing Win + I to open Settings
- then, navigate to Accessibility > Visual Effects.
- After that, click the ON/OFF button for the Transparency effect to enable or disable it.
Doing this will make some of the backgrounds in Windows, especially the Taskbar, Start Menu, and Action Center sections, also use the transparent effect.
3. Via Registry Editor
When you use the Registry Editor to enable or disable the transparency effect, it’s like you’re using the Personalization setting (the first method WinPoin discusses). You may want to do it this way if you haven’t activated Windows — because if you haven’t activated Windows, you won’t be able to access the Settings menu.
- To open Registry Editor, press Win + R.
- Next, type regedit in the text box and click OK.
- After that, please scroll to the following registry key: HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionThemesPersonalize
- Then just double-click on the EnableTransparency option — once the dialog box opens, change the Value data to 1 to enable the transparency effect or to 0 to disable it.
4. Disable Transparent Effects in Certain Components
So far, we’ve talked about implementing transparency throughout the operating system. However, you can also select individual elements in Windows 11 and turn off their transparency. Here’s how to do it:
If you want to make the Start Menu transparent yourself, you have to do it through the Registry Editor.
- Please press Win + R to open Windows Run and type regedit in the text box, then click OK
- Next, navigate to
HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > Explore
- Then, right-click the Advanced button, then select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value and name it UseOLEDTaskbarTransparency.
- Then just double-click the option — once the dialog box opens, change the Value data to 1 to enable the transparency effect or to 0 to disable it.
You may have noticed that the lock screen in Windows 11 has some transparency and blur that you can adjust. To do this, follow these steps:
- Press Win + I to open Windows Run and type regedit in the text box, then click OK.
- Next, navigate to:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > PERANGKAT LUNAK > Kebijakan > Microsoft > Windows
- After that find the System folder. If there is no Windows folder right click, select New > Key and name it System.
- Then, select the System folder in the left pane. In the right pane, right-click an empty space, select New > DWORD (32-bit) Valueand name it DisableAcrylicBackgroundOnLogon
- After successfully created, the default data value is 0, this also indicates that lock screen transparency is being enabled. To turn it off, set the value to 1.
Not only the Start Menu and Lock Screen, you can also set the Command Prompt for transparency, namely by:
- Press Win + R to open Windows Run. Type cmd in the text box and press Enter.
- After that, right-click the Command Prompt title bar and select Properties.
- Select the Colors tab and move the Opacity between the values of 30% to 100% — The smaller the percentage, the more transparent it is.
The background in the Windows Terminal section is opaque by default, but you can also make it transparent through the app’s settings. To do this, you can start with:
- Right-click Start and select Windows Terminal (Admin).
- Once the Windows Terminal window opens, navigate to Settings — click the down arrow next to the tab.
- On the Windows Terminal menu, click Default which is located on the Profile sub-menu.
- Scroll down until you find an option Appearance.
- Scroll down again to the Transparency section and swipe Background opacity towards the left to make it more transparent or towards the right to make it more opaque.
- Don’t forget to activate the acrylic material to light it up and give the transparency a better see-through look.
- After that, just save.