How to Disable Animations in Windows 10


Animations add eye candy to the clean and modern design experience that Windows 10 provides. Unfortunately, they negatively affect some people and devices. People who need to remain focused on a task or people with certain mental/visual disabilities may be negatively affected by animations. Additionally, they slow down devices with lower system specs. Luckily, Windows 10 makes it easy to turn off all animations at a flick of a switch (Method 1), but you can also choose to disable specific animations (Method 2).

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Not all animations you see while using your computer will be disabled. For example, animations on websites you visit will not be affected. Also, classic desktop applications (programs) that have animations (which is rare) will continue to play. Although most websites and desktop programs do not allow animations to be turned off, you can check the site/program's "Settings/Preferences/Options" page to see if there's any setting that allows animations to be turned off. The option (if it exists) will most likely be under the name "visual effects", "animations", or "motion".

Part 2
Disabling All Animations Through Settings

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Press the Start button in the lower-left corner of your screen and select the settings gear.[1][2][3] You can also use the keyboard shortcut. Simply press the ⊞ Win+I keyboard keys together.[4][5][6]

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[7] Turning off animations is considered to be an "Ease of Access/accessibility" setting because it helps some people focus better.

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This section is basically a miscellaneous collection of accessibility settings that do not belong in any of the other "Ease of Access" subcategories.

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This will disable all animations.[8][9] The toggle switch should turn white and a black dot should be in the left side of it.[10] This setting is located under the "Visual options" header at the top of the page.[11] To re-enable animations, simply slide the slider to "On" (right).

Part 3
Selectively Disabling Animations Through Control Panel

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You can launch it through the search feature by typing control panel and hitting ↵ Enter or selecting the matching result.[12][13] As Microsoft is trying to migrate away from the Control Panel, settings are being moved and added to the Settings app.[14][15][16][17] Many settings including advanced ones are still present in the Control Panel,[18][19] such as the ability to specify which animations you see.

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[20][21] Do not select the links below the header as they will take you to a completely different page. If Control Panel is configured to use the icons view, choose the icon labelled as "System"[22] and skip to step #4.

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[23][24] You can also select "View amount of RAM and processor speed"[25][26] or "See the name of this computer"[27] from below the header. Both links will take you to the same destination.

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Select "Advanced system settings" from the upper part of the left pane. It is the last in the list.[28][29]

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Press the Settings... button under the "Performance" section of the window. The button is located under the Advanced tab of the System Properties window.

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It will be under the Visual Effects tab, which the window opens to by default. For complete control, customize which animations (and visual effects) you want to see. Click the radio button next to "Custom:". Right below, uncheck the boxes of effects that you would like to disable, and put a check in the boxes of the ones you would like to enable. Animation options are the sentences that start with the following words: animate, fade, and slide. To enable all animations (and visual effects), click the radio button next to "Adjust for best appearance". Note that this might reduce performance on low-power devices. For the best performance, click the radio button next to "Adjust for best performance". All animations (and visual effects) will be turned off. To balance performance and appearance, click the radio button night to "Let Windows choose what's best for my computer". Windows will automatically enable or disable specific settings to balance good performance and appearance.

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Click or tap the gray OK button at the bottom of the Performance Options window to save your new settings and close it. The new settings you chose will apply immediately.