How to disable animation effects on Windows 11

Yes, you can disable the animation effects to make Windows 11 feel more responsive.

Windows 11 disable animation effects
Windows 11 disable animation effects
  • To disable Windows 11 animation effects, open Settings > Accessibility > Visual effects.
  • Turn off the “Animation effects” toggle switch to disable the feature.

Windows 11 has different animations for many actions, including opening, minimizing, maximizing, and closing applications, actions occurring in the Taskbar, and many more. Although the visuals make the interface smooth and fluid, they require system resources that can impact battery life, make the system feel slower, and add unnecessary distractions.

If you want to make the Windows 11 interface more responsive or are sensitive to these visuals, you can disable the animation effects through the Settings app.

This guide will teach you the easy steps to manage the animation effects settings on Windows 11.

Disable animation effects on Windows 11

To disable animation effects on Windows 11, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings on Windows 11.

  2. Click on Accessibility.

  3. Click the Visual effects tab.

    Visual effects

  4. Turn off the “Animation effects” toggle switch to disable the effects on Windows 11.

    Disable animation effects

Once you complete the steps, opening, minimizing, maximizing, closing, and other actions will no longer feature animation effects, making the system feel like it’s more responsive.

Enable animation effects on Windows 11

To turn on animation effects on Windows 11, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.

  2. Click on Accessibility.

  3. Click the Visual effects tab.

    Visual effects

  4. Turn on the Animation effects toggle switch.

    Enable animation effects

After you complete the steps, the animations will be available again to make the experience feel smooth and fluid.

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Mauro Huculak is a Windows How-To Expert who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He has also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 14 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows and software, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and About.me. Email him at [email protected].