The Windows desktop received a lot of design improvements in Windows 10. Motion and animation have become much more prevalent throughout the user interface, especially since the introduction of Microsoft’s new Fluent Design System. How to Disable Animations to Speed Up My PC?
Disable animations in Windows 10
While Windows 10 animations can give the impression of being more polished and streamlined, they come at a cost: speed. When you open the Start menu, you must wait a few moments for all of the tiles to animate in. When you launch a new app or minimize an existing one to the taskbar, the same thing happens. The transition is animated by Windows, so it is no longer instantaneous.
Fortunately, most of these transitions can be turned off entirely. To do so, go to Control Panel and click on the “System & Security” tile (press the Start key and type “control”). To get to the system overview page, select the “System” option from the menu.
Select “Advanced system settings” from the left context menu. You’ll see a tabbed window appear, allowing you to change various device configuration details. It’s a legacy window that’s been around since Windows Vista, but you can use this guide to get similar results on older Windows versions.
In the Performance section, click the “Settings…” button. A long list of checkbox options will now appear, allowing you to customize individual elements of the Windows interface.
Almost all of the options are checked by default. Some effects are subtle, while others are more noticeable. We’ll concentrate on the ones that apply to animations and transitions in this guide. If you want to play around with the other options, keep in mind that some of them, particularly the font-smoothing options, may make your desktop experience worse.
We recommend unchecking the following options to disable animations:
- Animate controls and elements inside windows
- Animate windows when minimizing and maximizing
- Animations in the taskbar
- Fade or slide menus into view
- Fade or slide ToolTips into view
- Fade out menu items after clicking
Of course, you have the option of not disabling some of these features – for example, you could disable animations but leave taskbar animations enabled. After you’ve made your choices, click the “Apply” button. There will be no need to logout or reboot in order for the changes to take effect.
If you followed our instructions above, Windows should now be almost completely free of animations. Following the launch of the app, windows will appear immediately. When minimizing and maximizing, they’ll also vanish and reappeared instantly.
The Start menu and most animated controls in UWP apps from the Microsoft Store are the same way. You won’t have to wait for transitions to complete before interacting with content on your desktop anymore. Everything should “feel faster” now that there are no transitions to slow you down.
If you don’t care about animated transitions, the overall effect is transformative. If you spend a lot of time on your computer and frequently open and close windows, you’ll appreciate the change. Everything will feel faster and smoother because it happens in real time. If you have a low-end device with a weak graphics processor, removing the stuttering animations may actually improve performance.
Naturally, this isn’t a change that everyone will appreciate; however, many people enjoy animated transitions, which is why Microsoft is now heavily utilizing them. Transitions are also important for accessibility, as a well-designed animation can assist users in recognizing changes on the screen. If you are interested, Microsoft provides a detailed look at Windows 10 animations and transitions for further reading.
Despite this, animations make interfaces feel slower in general. If you primarily use your PC for work and find Windows 10 animations annoying, turning them off may help you be more productive.