How to Disable All Unnecessary Animations in Windows 8

Windows 8 certainly has a lot of animations that add visual appeal to the operating system interface. But, these aren’t for everyone, so if you want to disable them just follow this groovy guide.

If you’re not a fan of the glitz and glam delivered via the user interface animations in Windows 8, you don’t have to deal with them any longer. In particular, computers with low-powered CPUs will benefit from disabling these animations, but a slight performance increase is to be had on nearly any system.

Disable Windows 8 Animations

To disable these animations, the first thing to do is open up the Control Panel. To do this type: control panel from the Start Screen and click the app link. Or use the power user menu to access it.

control panel 8

Next, open the Ease of Access control panel category.

windows 8 ease of access

Now, you’re not seeing doubles, you’ll have to click the Ease of Access Center to reach the next area.

ease of access center

Under the “Explore all settings” section, click the link titled “Make the computer easier to see.”

quick access to common tools

Now all you have to do is scroll down to the bottom of the window and check the box labeled “Turn off all unnecessary animations (when possible).”

Be sure to Save changes by clicking OK when exiting this window.

make the computer easier to see

Now those useless (but visually appealing?) animations will be gone. You can enable them easily enough by unchecking the box in the last step of this guide.

Let us know what you think; does turning off Windows 8 interface animations improve your performance or visibility? Drop a comment below.

1 Comment

1 Comment

  1. Danny G

    February 24, 2015 at 7:43 am

    Thank you for this easy walkthrough. My workflow is now much faster without the pesky animations. Specifically dialog windows. Those always pop-up to confirm deletions and so forth. I appreciate them, in case I’m deleting by accident, but I need them pop-up and go away as quickly as possible so that my workflow is more fluid. Thanks again!

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