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Published on 06.19.09 by Brent Trahan

Disable Common Control and Window Animations

Learn how to turn off common control and window animations in Windows 7.

This policy is similar to settings directly available to computer users. Disabling animations can improve usability for users with some visual disabilities as well as improving performance and battery life in some scenarios.

Disable Common Control and Window Animations

  1. Type gpedit.msc in the Start menu’s search box and then press Enter.

    Note: This guide shows you how to make changes to Windows 7 using Group Policy. Group Policy is not available in Home versions of Windows 7.

  2. Navigate to User Configuration, Administrative Templates, Windows Components, and then select Windows Explorer in the left column of the Group Policy editor.

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  3. Double-click Turn off common control and window animations in the Settings section of the Group Policy editor.
  4. Select Enable and then click OK to save the changes.

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