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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.

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

  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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