When you start a Windows or move through the Start menu in Windows 11, you’ll notice some lovely animations. However, some users may perceive it as a power-hungry component that strains PC hardware. You can turn off all animations in Windows 11 to help it run faster and save battery on laptops.
You can deactivate animations in Windows 11 in a couple of different ways. We’ll go over all of these and more in this post. So, let’s get this party started.
1. USE THE SETTINGS APP
Probably the easiest way to turn off animations on Windows 11 is via the Settings app. Read on to learn how.
Step 1: Open the Start menu and click on the gear icon to open Settings. Alternatively, you can also press the Windows key + I to quickly launch the Settings app.
Step 2: Use the left pane to navigate to Accessibility and click on Visual effects on your right.
Step 3: Turn off the switch next to Animation effects.
2. TURN OFF FROM CONTROL PANEL
If you’re like me and prefer to make changes to your PC through the Control Panel, here’s how to disable animations in Windows 11 using the Control Panel.
Step 1: Press Windows key + R to open the Run dialog. Type in control.exe in the Open field and press Enter.
Step 2: In the Control Panel window that opens, switch the view type to Large icons and go to the Ease of Access Center.
Step 3: Under Explore all settings, click on ‘Make the computer easier to see’.
Step 4: Mark the checkbox that reads ‘Turn off all unnecessary animations (when possible)’ to disable animations on Windows 11. Lastly, click on Apply followed by OK.
3. TWEAK PERFORMANCE OPTIONS
Apart from the Settings app and the Control Panel, Windows 11 has a Performance Options menu where you may disable animations and other visual effects. You may modify your animation preferences using this menu. Here’s how you can get it.
Step 1: Open the Start menu, type in view advanced system settings, and press Enter.
Step 2: In the System Properties window that appears, switch to the Advanced tab and click on the Settings button under Performance.
Step 3: In the Performance Options window, select the ‘Adjust for best performance’ option under the Visual Effects tab to disable all the unnecessary visual effects. Doing so should make your Windows PC feel a bit snappier.
Alternatively, you can also choose the Custom option to check and uncheck the animation and visual effects boxes yourself.
BONUS: CHANGE THE MENU ANIMATION SPEED ON WINDOWS 11
While the aforementioned techniques only deactivate animations, you may speed up or slow down menu animations on Windows 11 by modifying the registry editor.
A word of warning, though. The Windows Registry Editor is an essential component of the operating system. Any alterations made without permission might cause lasting harm. So, while making any changes, make sure to follow the procedures precisely and back up the Registry data first.
Now that that’s out of the way, here’s how to modify the pace of the menu animations in Windows 11.
Step 1: Press the Windows key + R on your keyboard to launch the Run dialog.
Step 2: Type regedit in the Open field box and press Enter to open the Windows Registry.
Step 3: In the Registry Editor window, use the address bar to paste the following address:
Step 4: On the right-side of the window, double-click on the MenuShowDelay key. Here you can enter a new delay value in milliseconds to define the menu animation speed on Windows 11.
By default, the value is set at 400. You can set it to 200 or even 100 to decrease the animation time. Conversely, increasing the value will slow down the animation speed.
After you’ve completed the preceding steps, restart your computer to see the modifications take effect. Now try utilising menus on Windows 11 and see if you see any differences.
SPEED UP YOUR WINDOWS 11
It all boils down to personal preference in the end. As we’ve seen, there are a few options for turning off the animations that make Windows 11 feel more responsive. If you’re not sure, you can experiment with the animation rates if you’re comfortable making registry modifications. If you want to get the most out of multitasking, keep these tips in mind.