How To Disable Fluent Design Effects In Windows 10?


With every Windows 10 feature update, Microsoft is giving more and more recognition to their latest design language called Fluent Design System (Project Neon). Released in 2017, it comprises of five fundamental elements, including Light, Depth, Motion, Material, and Scale. These building blocks help in the development of numerous visual effects you see in different parts of Windows 10 UI.

Probably, acrylic is the most prominent of all Fluent design effects which users can spot very easily. It’s the translucent background you see in the Start Menu and Action Center. Fluent design updates can also be found in the Settings and a variety of UWP-based Windows apps.

You might have also seen the Light-inspired reveal effect. It’s the illumination that appears as you hover your mouse pointer over the entries in the Settings and other Microsoft made apps, etc.

Now, coming to the point of this post, you can get rid of the fluent design elements in Windows 10 whenever you want. That will help if you like things to be simple.

How To Disable Fluent Design Updates in Windows 10?

The Settings app allows users to disable the changes Microsoft brought to Windows 10 in the name of the fluent design system. Although, there is no option specially designed to put the fluent design out of action, the option to disable transparency does the job.

The option is available on Windows 10 PCs running the Fall Creators Update. It may be named differently on older versions.

Follow the steps mentioned below to disable it:

  1. In Windows 10, open the Settings app.
  2. Go to Personalization > Colors.
    Disable Windows Fluent Design 1
  3. Here, turn off the toggle button that says “Transparency effects“.
    Disable Windows Fluent Design 2
  4. Now, you won’t see any fluent design effects on your Windows 10 PC.
  5. To enable fluent design effects again, turn on the toggle button.

Stripping fluent design changes will take the good looks of Windows 10 away. But being optimistic, disabling fluent design might help your PC save some CPU resources and, eventually, the battery as it’s usually the case with deactivating visual components in Windows. While it can’t be confirmed that the toggle button takes away all the fluent design changes from Windows 10, it does remove commonly visible ones.

What are your views on Fluent Design in Windows 10? Drop them in the comments.

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Aditya Tiwari

Aditya Tiwari

Aditya likes to cover topics related to Microsoft, Windows 10, Apple Watch, and interesting gadgets. But when he is not working, you can find him binge-watching random videos on YouTube (after he has wasted an hour on Netflix trying to find a good show). Reach out at [email protected]
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