Turn Off Window Shadows for All Windows 7 Themes

Here is a look at how to remove the shadow effect from open windows on Windows 7.

Update: Windows 7 is no longer supported. To make sure your PC is up-to-date install Windows 10.

Windows 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

    December 8, 2011 at 4:31 am

    Shitty tech blog

    • Smartass

      March 10, 2012 at 4:09 pm


  2. funkybebel

    January 19, 2012 at 11:47 am

    What do you use to put arrows in your screenshots ?

    Thank you.

    • Steve Krause

      January 19, 2012 at 3:46 pm

      Techsmith Snagit –

      Great software.

      • tyler

        November 27, 2015 at 4:58 am

        Neat, that company is actually based here in Lansing. I’m hoping to get a job with them once I get out of training for the air guard.

  3. Asymptote

    August 2, 2012 at 6:20 am


  4. mul

    June 9, 2013 at 2:22 am

    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

    January 21, 2015 at 10:40 pm

    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

    March 26, 2015 at 8:07 am

    worked perfectly, thanks

  7. gozzach

    October 18, 2016 at 7:38 pm

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

  8. Walter L.

    March 16, 2017 at 6:30 am

    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

    August 6, 2017 at 4:12 pm

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

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