Turn Off Window Shadows For All Windows 7 Themes [How-To]

Groovy Windows 7 Tips, Tricks, Help, Tutorials, Answers, Questions, How-To, and SupportWindows 7 has some nice themes and among those is the famous Aero theme.  Packed full of eye-candy it’s no mystery why Aero was a hit.  As a tech writer, however, at times I need to remove some features of Aero for various articles – and this was when I discovered how to remove the Aero Window Shadow.  Although very groovy, at times it gets in the way so let me show you how to customize your Aero theme a bit.

Here’s a quick comparison between an Aero themed Windows 7 Window with and without shadows:

Windows 7 Aero With Shadows

windows 7 aero theme with window shadows

Windows 7 Aero Without Shadows

windows 7 aero theme with shadows removed

Now that we know you’re sure what I’m talking about let’s talk about getting rid of them!

How To Disable Window Shadows For Windows 7 Themes

1. Click the Windows Start Menu Orb and then Type in View advanced system settings and Press Enter.

how to view advanced system performance options in windows 7

2. Under the Advanced tab Click Settings.

the advanced system properties window in windows 7

3. Under the Visual Effects tab, Uncheck the box Show shadows under windows.

Note: As you can see in the screenshot below, Removing the Shadows from windows is just 1 of many options you can enable/disable here.  Play around here as you can just check the box to re-enable a feature or disable it.

adjusting the windows 7 visual options

You should now be shadow free!  Welcome to the light, it’s a groovy place.



  1. Nigger  

    Shitty tech blog

  2. funkybebel  

    What do you use to put arrows in your screenshots ?

    Thank you.


  4. mul  

    Doesn’t help if you are using an aero theme. Removing the shadows causes titlebars in some aero themes to become transparent [despite Transparency is turned off]. Any advise on this would be appreciated.

  5. Randall  

    Thanks for the write up. The shadows screwed up the functionality of side by side windows, and it looks a lot better without them anyways!

  6. sheryl  

    worked perfectly, thanks

  7. gozzach  

    Thanks.. now i can get rid of those shadows..

  8. Walter L.  

    It would be great if you can post a follow-up article on how to get rid of MS Office 2013 shadows that do not comply with the Aero theme setting.

  9. Jouni "rautamiekka" Järvinen  

    Doesn’t work on my 7, it always comes back.

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