It is possible that, on certain occasions, we notice how our computer begins to slow down and it doesn’t work as smoothly as it should. The reasons can be varied, although one of them is the functions of Windows 10. This operating system has a series of visual effects which can lead to certain starting and running problems. Throughout this article we will learn to disable animations in Windows 10 and, in this way, get a better performance from our pc.
As time passes and new updates appear in Windows 10, the operating system is nourished by certain functions. But depending on the computer we are using and the capabilities of the msmo, performance can be affected.
To resolve this conflict, there are several solutions available to us. We can defragment drives, limit access to certain applications, update certain drivers, optimize bandwidth consumption and CPU usage, etc. Today we will know another option that can be quite effective and has to do with Windows 10 animations.
What are Windows 10 animations
These animations and visual effects serve to give our operating system a more striking and attractive appearance. This is the case, for example, of transparencies, the transitions, the cartoon icons, the shades in the windows, changes in the colors or effects on the mouse cursor.
Visual functions can create pleasant environments, that goes without saying. If, for example, we make a domestic use of the PC or the smallest of the house have access to it, the animations can be colorful and pleasant. However, for a person who may focus his computer activity on work matters, they may not be very useful and can be dispensed with.
When should it be deactivated?
As we have pointed out, beyond providing an aesthetic character, these effects can be counterproductive on certain occasions. They consume certain resources from the computer, especially if you have a mid-range or low-end equipment. It happens even if you have a more advanced PC, but you also work with large programs and files.
In any case, as long as you notice a certain drag on the system boot, as well as lack of fluency in tasks, it is convenient to consider this option. For example, if your computer’s RAM is 4GB or more, disabling animations might have a low impact. But if you have a computer with 1GB or 2GB of RAM, the option can be really useful and you will notice it for good.
Steps to disable animations
Either by having a more effective system or by working with it in a more fluid way, deactivating the animations is very simple with the native options that Windows 10 offers us. In this case, it will not be necessary to resort to third-party applications.
Although we are not really improving the performance of our team, we will be saving resources not only from the RAM, but also from the graphics card and processor. All this will favor a faster and smoother operation.
From the Settings menu
The first way Windows 10 offers us to disable animations is through the settings menu.
- To access it, click on the icon windows startup located at the bottom left of our screen. Once there, click on the icon Setting, represented in the shape of a gear. Another quick way to enter is by activating the keyboard shortcut Windows + I.
- In the window that opens, many available options will appear, all of them to configure the functions of the operating system. In this case, we are going to click on the option Accessibility.
- In the menu on the left we will check that we are within the option Screen. Now, in the central part we scroll down with the mouse until we are in the section Simplify and customize Windows.
- There will be several buttons that will allow us to make adjustments. To optimize performance, we will disable the slider Show animations in Windows. If we wish, we can do the same with the button Show transparency in Windows.
With these options and the changes saved, we close the window. We can see how Windows will no longer show us the animations of the windows when we open, minimize or resize them. Nor will the different menus fade out.
At this point, when we perform some of the usual actions, it will appear that the system is somewhat more rough and we will have sacrificed showiness. However, we can begin to notice certain fluency.
From the System Properties
There is another native option in Windows 10 to disable animations and optimize them manually. It is through the Adjust option present in the System properties. In this case, the hardware resources will be freer, although we will notice some loss in the visual quality of the operating system. But the improvement of response and the fluency in the tasks will be the positive points.
In this sense, it is advisable to test what its effects really are and if we notice an obvious improvement in performance. If disabling animations with this method does not represent any progress, perhaps we should consider another option. Still, we are going to describe the process.
- The first thing we have to do is access the Control Panel. We write it in the Windows search bar and click on the option that comes out.
- Then we go to Security system and, finally, we click on System. Another way to get here is by directly typing System in the bar and clicking on it. We can also activate the shortcut key Windows + R, to write sysdm.cpl and click OK.
- From the System window, we go to the menu on the left and click on Advanced system settings.
- Next we will find a new window with several available tabs. We must locate ourselves in that of Advanced Options.
- In the new menu we have to detect the first section, called Performance and click on Setting.
- We will find another pop-up window. Here on the Visual Effects tab there are four check boxes available. We will mark the third, Adjust for best performance.
- This will automatically clear all the boxes related to animations and visual effects present in the list below. Now click on Apply and finally in To accept.
When we have finished the process, we should notice an immediate response in the fluidity and performance of our computer. Especially if the team is somewhat limited in resources.
In the Performance Options window that we have handled previously, there is also the option to deactivate the animations that we want one by one and personalize these functions manually. In this case, it is an alternative if we want to improve the performance of our PC and not sacrifice too much the appearance and visual aspect of Windows 10.
- Therefore, we repeat the process Windows key + R> Advanced options> Performance> Settings> Visual effects.
- Next, we have to go to the last option available and check the box Personalize. Of all the options available in the list, some that we recommend deactivating are the first three: Animations in the taskbar, Animate windows by minimizing and maximizing, and Animate the controls and elements within windows.
Other features that also affect performance are Show Thumbnail view Instead of icons, Show the translucent selection rectangle, Show the window content while crawling, Smooth edges for screen fonts or Use shadows on the icon labels on the desktop.
Here we will have to be the ones who decide whether to mark or unmark these options depending on the level of showiness that we want in our system. But beware, there are some that can give us certain problems when viewing the menus. For example, Smooth edges for the screen font it would be convenient to leave it activated in some cases, since it will facilitate the reading of the letters on the screen.
The function Show thumbnails Instead of icons, it is perhaps another one that we can consider keeping active. Otherwise, we will not have access, for example, to the preview of images and videos on our computer. Instead, predefined icons will appear.
Ultimately it’s all about testing and playing around with the customization options. However, we must know that this process is reversible at all times. We can always go back in the menu and, if it does not convince us, mark the option Let Windows choose the most suitable settings for this computer. If we activate the box Adjust for best appearance, all animations will be enabled.
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