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How to disable Fluent Design effects on Windows 10

If you don't like the new transparency and illumination effects, part of the Microsoft Fluent Design System, on Windows 10, use this guide to go back to a solid color design.

Windows 10 with Fluent Design disabled

Starting with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, you’ll notice a number of visual changes, including a new form of transparency with blur and noise texture in the Start menu, Action Center, and apps.

You’ll also notice new visualization elements as you navigate and interact with an app, such as light to illuminate elements to make them more discoverable and improve interaction, and a new pulse of light effect as you click an element.

These particular visual changes are actually known as Acrylic Material and Reveal Highlight. They’re part of the Microsoft Fluent Design System, a new design language that aims to move from the traditional flat design to a new language to make Windows 10 and app more immersive and engaging for users.

However, if the new visual effects aren’t for you, just because you don’t like them, or you want to extend the battery life on your laptop or tablet, it’s possible to disable them using the Settings app.

In this guide, you’ll learn the easy steps to disable Acrylic Material and Reveal Highlight parts of Fluent Design on the Windows 10 Fall Creators update.

How to disable Acrylic Material and Reveal Highlight

  1. Open Settings.

  2. Click on Personalization.

  3. Click on Colors.

  4. Turn off the Transparency effects toggle switch.

    Disable transparency effects using Settings
    Disable transparency effects using Settings

Once you completed the steps, Acrylic Material or Reveal Highlight will no longer appear on Windows 10 or in apps like Groove Music, Maps, Calculator, and others.

It should be noted that the new design system has many parts, some of which can’t be disabled just because they’re abstract (guidelines for developers), or they can’t be turned off because they’re new part of Windows 10 or app, such as conscious scrollbar, connected animations, and perceptive parallax.