How to disable UI animations in Windows 8.1

Animations in Windows are meant to give you a fast and smooth UI perception however many users prefer a UI that responds instantly without any animation. In this article, we will look at how to improve the responsiveness of Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 by disabling unnecessary animations. With animations disabled, the user interface will feel more faster and responsive.


By default, Windows 8.1 has many effects enabled for eye candy. You can see animations n the Start screen, Taskbar, opening and closing apps, drop shadow effects, comboboxes sliding open and so on, to make the user interface more fluid. Disabling these won't actually increase the performance but the perceived responsiveness of the OS may appear to be faster.

Press Win + R hotkeys on the keyboard. The Run dialog will appear on the screen, type the following into the text box and press Enter:


Run Advanced System PropertiesAdvanced System Properties will open. Press the 'Settings' button in the 'Performance' section:

Performance SettingsIn the next window, tick the 'Adjust for best performance' option. It will remove the check mark from all options which enable visual effects. Keep the following options enabled because they are not related to animations:

  • Show thumbnails instead of icons
  • Show translucent selection rectangle
  • Show window contents while dragging
  • Smooth edges of screen fonts
  • Use drop shadows for icon labels of the desktop

Keep optionsPress 'Apply', then 'OK' and close all open windows.

Now the user interface of Windows 8 will be more responsive.

Additionally, you can turn off unnecessary animations using the Accessibility options in Windows 8.1.

Press Win + U hotkeys on the keyboard. It will open Ease of Access Center.

Click the Make the computer easier to see option:
Make the computer easier to seeIn the next window, scroll to the checkbox called Turn off all unnecessary animations (when possible) and enable it.

Turn off all unnecessary animations when possibleThat's it. Now animations will be disabled.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

One thought on “How to disable UI animations in Windows 8.1”

  1. Hi, I did the advanced system one and I went for best performance and when I click apply nothing happened. It’s been like for months now.

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