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1. Get Rid Of Aero Snap

Aero Snap is probably the feature that annoys me the most, though some people do findi it very useful. Honestly, it’s very annoying because I can’t move anything to the edge of the screen without Windows automatically moving and re-sizing it to fit half the entire monitor. The mouse has never been such a murderous instrument after this. There’s a very easy way to disable it:

Mark the checkbox next to “Prevent windows from being automatically arranged when moved to the edge of the screen.”

This will pretty much get rid of your problem.

2. Disable Those Annoying Error Reports

Unless you are debugging an application, or intend to send Microsoft the bug report (and thinking it will be fixed), you really don’t need error reporting. To many people, it’s useless and annoying. So, let’s remove it!

Choose “Never check for solutions.”

And that’s it! You’ll be error-message-free for the rest of your experience with Windows 7.

3. Disable The Caps Lock Key

It sounds kind of counter-productive, but it’s a journalist’s worst enemy. I don’t use “Caps Lock,” ever. Many people don’t. It’s a superfluous key because of the ever-elegant “Shift” key that sits right below it. In fact, the only times I’ve noticed people using the “Caps Lock” key is when they accidentally pressed it instead of “Shift” and left a whole tangle of capitalized words that gave me the impression that they were hollering at me. Here’s a simple way to disable it.

Open “regedit” by typing the word into the search bar at the Start menu and pressing “Enter.”

Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetControlKeyboard Layout

in the left side of the screen. Be very careful about the directory you land on. There’s also a “Keyboard Layouts” (notice the “s” behind the “Layout”?) Make sure you use the “Keyboard Layout” directory (without the “s” at the end).

Add a new value to the key called “Scancode Map.” It should be a “Binary Value.”

Modify the value to “00000000 00000000 02000000 00003A00 00000000.” Make sure everything is typed correctly. You don’t want to turn your “Enter” key into a “Caps Lock” key.

And you’re done! You will need to restart your computer for the changes to take effect.

4. Eliminate The Delay In Aero Peek

Aero Peek can be annoying especially when you have to wait for it to show the highlighted application’s content.

Eliminating the delay is a bit complex, but doable. Here’s how:

Open the registry editor (“regedit”) using the same method mentioned in the opening of the last section.

Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerAdvanced

on the left hand side of the window.

Note: This is going to get really really annoying if you use the bottoms of windows a lot. The “Peek” will immediately come up and disrupt your work. You can always reset the value using the steps in these instructions if you want. The default value is 500.

5. Get Rid Of The Recycle Bin Icon On The Desktop

I don’t know why you would want to do this, but I’ve heard people complaining about how they couldn’t get rid of the Recycle Bin icon on their desktops in Windows 7. The operation is very useful and practical, but it takes a little meddling around to get to it. If you want an icon-free desktop, here’s how you do it:

You’re done!

6. Remove The Irritating “This Device Can Perform Faster” Message

This one’s a bummer for those of you who already know why/how a device can perform faster when you plug it into a USB 1.1 slot. Windows is doing a good job of informing novices whether their devices are plugged into the right slot or not, but you get annoyed by this after a while. Let’s disable it:

Plug in the device that can “perform faster” and wait for the annoying balloon.

Eliminate the check mark in the checkbox next to “Tell me if my device can perform faster.”

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How To Enable And Disable Transparency Effects In Windows

Windows 11 supports a default transparent background for the desktop, taskbar, Start menu, Windows Terminal, and many other applications. Windows 10 also lets you work with these options, although they’re not as effective. In this guide, we discuss how to enable transparency effects for various Windows menu items. If instead you prefer a solid color background, the same techniques will help to disable the transparency.

What Are Transparency Effects?

Transparency effects in Windows 11 are system-wide settings that create translucence and visual depth on your flat screen. They are a component of Microsoft’s Fluent Design system called Acrylic that brings enhanced visual appeal to context menus, flyout items, and overlapping windows.

Although they’re called “transparency effects,” in practice there are very few Windows applications that allow you to “see on the other side.” (Command Prompt is one example.) For most applications, Windows 11 has settled for a semi-transparent look that just allows seamless blending of menu items, desktop and taskbar to give an illusion of translucence and depth.

Windows 10 has also now been updated to support transparency effects using the same menu options as Windows 11. However, the impact isn’t nearly as powerful or glossy. But with third-party applications, it is possible to achieve a high degree of transparency in Windows 10 as well.

Benefits of Transparency Effects

Greater visual appeal: the texture of transparent objects feels more real and immersive against the background, unlike solid-color objects.

User personalization: users can personalize their favorite apps for a more customizable look.

Working with overlapping screens: with transparency effects on, it’s more pleasing to work on overlapping screen objects and content blocks.

Slight battery drain: the user has to face a slight battery drain. No impact is felt for plugged-in devices.

How to Turn Transparency On/Off in Windows

Here we show how to enable or disable transparency effects in Windows 11 at the system level. Similar techniques are applicable for Windows 10 with less noticeable impact. There are two ways to do this.

1. Using Windows Personalization Settings

Windows Personalization settings help control the look and feel of your desktop and support enabling or disabling system-wide transparency.

Using the Start menu search, go to “Themes and related settings” or just search for “Personalization.” Alternatively, access this sub-menu option from the Settings gear icon on the taskbar.

Go to the “Color” sub-menu.

Look for the “Transparency effects” option. By default, it is turned on in Windows 11. To disable it, just turn the toggle to “Off.”

After disabling, you will notice a plain background for the Windows desktop and other surfaces. To enable transparency once again, turn the toggle switch “On” for “Transparency effects.”

2. Using Registry Editor

If, for some reason, you’re not able to achieve system-wide transparency or opaque background, despite turning the toggle switch on or off, you can use the following registry tweak.

Go to the Windows search menu and look for “Registry Editor.” It should be opened in Administrator mode.

Computer

HKEY_CURRENT_USER

SoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionThemesPersonalize

To enable transparency in Windows, change the DWORD (32-bit) value for EnableTransparency to “1.” To disable transparency, change the value to “0.”

Save and close the “Registry Editor” and restart the PC. The system-wide transparent changes should be carried out uniformly.

How to Make Taskbar Transparent in Windows

Currently, there are two different ways to achieve a transparent taskbar. The latest Windows versions allow you to access this as a system setting, but for better clarity, you may want to try an external software called TranslucentTB. Some of these methods will be repeated to achieve transparency in other Windows menu items, such as Start menu, Title bar, and lockscreen.

1. Using Make Start, Taskbar, and Action Center

For Windows 11 taskbar transparency, open “Make Start, taskbar, and Action Center transparent” option from the Start search option.

Go to “Visual effects” from Accessibility in System settings.

The “Transparency effects” option is turned off as a default. This has nothing to do with the similarly-named previous option that was used in system-wide transparency. Turning this on mainly affects the Taskbar, Action Center and Start menu.

In Windows 10, if you search for the “Make Start, taskbar, and Action Center transparent” option, you’re led to the Colors sub-menu. To turn the Taskbar transparency on, check the field for “Start, taskbar and Action Center.”

2. Using TranslucentTB

The Microsoft Store app TranslucentTB provides reliable results to achieve a high degree of translucence for the taskbar and Start menu. The results are far better than what is possible through Windows system options.

Download the TranslucentTB app from Microsoft Store and proceed to install it. It’s a one-step installation.

For a more refined transparency appearance, go to the Desktop menu and select the “Acrylic” option instead of Clear.

The Acrylic look is more polished and has a beautiful tint of transparency that is carried through the taskbar and Start menu.

To get more color options, choose “Edit settings,” which allows you to have a color that closely matches your desktop wallpaper or other backgrounds.

The color hex codes can be found online and replaced in the Notepad file.

Is TranslucentTB safe? Yes, it’s absolutely and very much safe to use if downloaded from Microsoft Store.

How to Make Lockscreen Transparent in Windows

If you don’t have a screensaver, you can have a transparent lockscreen during Windows login. The Windows lockscreen generally has transparency options enabled from the desktop if you allow it at a system level. If it’s not very clearly visible, you have to make a few registry adjustments.

Apart from the Windows lockscreen, the above registry setting can change the appearance of the Start menu and taskbar.

How to Make Windows Start Menu Transparent

There are two different ways to enable transparency in Start menu. You can use TranslucentTB app downloaded from Microsoft Store covered above.

Another way to achieve more transparency in the Start menu is to use a simple registry tweak shown below. Open Registry Editor using the Search menu in Administrator mode and use the following path:

To enable transparency in the Start menu, set the value data to “1.” To disable transparency, set it to “0.”

How to Make Title Bar Transparent in Windows

It’s notoriously difficult to get transparency effects in the Windows title bars. According to Microsoft, you can’t set transparent colors, as the color’s alpha channel is ignored. However, you can try the following workaround to achieve a level of transparency.

From the search menu in Windows, look for “Apply color to title bar.”

Choose a custom accent color. The more you move the slider to its right, the greater the transparency will be in the background.

When you open any Windows application now, its title bars will pick up the transparent-like color chosen from the above setting.

How to Enable or Disable Transparency in Windows Terminal

The new Windows Terminal supports beautiful effects in a transparent background. To enable Windows terminal transparency, do the following:

From the Search menu, open “Windows Terminal” in Administrator mode.

Select the level of opacity as 50%.

Go back to your Windows Terminal window screen to see a beautiful transparent effect. To turn it off, simply disable Acrylic from the above default settings.

How to Enable or Disable Transparency in Command Prompt

The Command Prompt supports one of the best transparency effects in Windows, and it is very easy to enable/disable it in Windows.

From the Windows Search menu, select the “Command Prompt” option and run it in Administrator mode.

Go to the “Colors” option in Properties where you can see a slider for “Opacity.” Drag it to the left, and the opacity on your screen will decrease, making it more transparent. You can now see through it.

Frequently Asked Questions 1. Does the transparency effect slow down a Windows PC?

While the transparency effect in Windows does cause slight battery drain, it does not have any noticeable impact on PC memory and CPU for a healthy PC, especially if it was updated recently. But some external apps other than TranslucentTB may cause a negative impact on performance, so you should check their impact on your system resources after they are installed.

2. How do I fix transparency effects not working in Windows 11?

For transparency to work in Windows 11, you need to disable a feature called “Battery saver” that’s accessible from the right System tray. Windows disables almost all graphic customization capabilities if “Battery saver” is on. If you fail to see transparency effects despite turning battery saver off, you can enable them from “Registry Editor” using one of the methods covered above.

Additionally, you can update the graphics drivers from Device Manager (devmgmt.msc in Run box) to ensure you’re not dealing with outdated drivers.

3. My taskbar suddenly became transparent. How do I fix it?

If your taskbar suddenly become transparent, you can change back to a regular look. Go to “Action Center” on the taskbar to your right and check whether “Battery saver” is turned on. If it is not, turn it off. Next, go to “Make Start, taskbar, and Action Center” from the Search menu and ensure that the “Transparency effects” are turned off. Finally, go to Registry Editor and check the DWORD (32-bit) values for “UseOLEDTaskbarTransparency” and “ForceEffectMode.” Ensure both are set at 0.

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Sayak Boral is a technology writer with over eleven years of experience working in different industries including semiconductors, IoT, enterprise IT, telecommunications OSS/BSS, and network security. He has been writing for MakeTechEasier on a wide range of technical topics including Windows, Android, Internet, Hardware Guides, Browsers, Software Tools, and Product Reviews.

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How To Disable Wallpaper Image Compression In Windows 10

When it comes to Windows customization, changing desktop wallpaper is the first and foremost thing most of us do. In fact, I use the Dynamic Theme app to automatically set a new Bing image as the wallpaper on a daily basis.

Often times we try to set high-quality images as our desktop wallpapers. However, when you set a JPEG image as your wallpaper, Windows automatically compresses the image and reduces the quality of the said image. To avoid that and enjoy your desktop wallpaper in its original quality, here’s how to modify or disable wallpaper compression in Windows 10.

Note: though I’m showing this in Windows 10, the same steps are applicable to Windows 7 and 8.

Why Is Windows Compressing the Wallpaper?

This wallpaper compression feature was first introduced in Windows Vista. When you set a JPEG image as the wallpaper, Windows will compress and reduce it to 85% of its original quality. By compressing and reducing the image quality, Windows is able to reduce the original image size, and save some memory and disk space in the process.

Modify or Disable Wallpaper Compression

To change or disable wallpaper compression in Windows, we need to create a new registry value and configure it. To start, press “Win + R,” type regedit and press the Enter button to open Windows Registry. Alternatively, you can also search for it in the Start Menu.

After opening the Windows Registry, navigate to the following location. If you are using Windows 10 with Creators Update, simply copy the below path, paste it in the address bar and you will be taken to the required location automatically.

Name the new DWORD value as “JPEGImportQuality” and press the Enter button.

Once you are done making the changes, this is how it looks in the Registry Editor.

Just restart your system or sign out and sign in to make the changes take effect. From this point forward, you can enjoy your desktop wallpapers in their full glory.

That being said, if you just don’t want to mess with the Registry Editor just to disable wallpaper compression, then simply use a PNG image as your wallpaper, and Windows won’t compress it like the JPEG image.

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How To Disable Speech Recognition Feature In Windows 11/10

In this post, we will walk you through the process of disabling Speech Recognition in Windows 11/10. Speech Recognition is a technology that is used for controlling computers using voice commands. With Speech Recognition you can say commands that the computer will respond to, and you can also dictate text to the computer, which eliminates the requirement of typing the words in any text editor or word processing software.

Speech Recognition feature, allows you to communicate with your computer. You can improve your computer’s ability to better understand your own voice, to improve upon the diction accuracy.  However, to improve its accuracy, you have to ‘train the feature’. If you haven’t found its performance satisfactory, follow the instructions given below to disable it.

Disable Speech Recognition feature in Windows 11

Windows 11 has changed quite a lot with the Accessibility section. Many new options have been added and the existing options have changed positions. Same is the case with accessibility involving speech recognition. The procedure to disable the Speech Recognition feature in Windows 11 is as follows:

In the Settings menu, go to the Accessibility tab on the list on the left-hand side.

In the right-pane, under the Interaction column, please select Speech.

Here, you can turn OFF the switch associated with Windows Speech Recognition.

Alternatively, Windows 11 offers a shortcut to turn ON/OFF speech recognition. It is Winkey+Ctrl+S.

Disable Speech Recognition in Windows 10

Disable Online Speech Recognition feature

Online Speech Recognition lets you talk to Cortana and apps that use cloud-based speech recognition.

1] Via Settings Windows 11

The procedure to disable online speech recognition is somewhat different from the one explained chúng tôi procedure to disable online Speech Recognition is as follows:

Turn OFF the switch for online speech recognition.

Windows 10

To disable Online Speech Recognition in Windows 10:

Navigate to the ‘Privacy’ section.

Switch to ‘Speech’ and from the right pane slide the toggle to turn off the feature under ‘Online Speech Recognition’.

Speech services exist on your device as well as in the cloud. It is because Microsoft collects essential information from these services to improve the user experience. So, to stop this, turn off the ‘Getting to know you’ option as well under ‘Inking and typing Personalization’.

2] Via Registry Editor

Open the ‘Run’ dialog box by pressing Windows+R in combination. In the empty field of the dialog box type ‘regedit’ and hit ‘Enter’.

Next, navigate to the following address-

HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftSpeech_OneCoreSettingsOnlineSpeechPrivacy

Check the default value of HasAccepted in the right pane of the window.

HasAccepted = 1,  indicates the Online Speech Recognition is enabled.

Kindly bear in mind, even if you are running 64-bit Windows, as in my case, you should still create a 32-bit DWORD value.

Restart your computer again to allow the changes to take effect.

Hereafter, you should not find the Windows Speech Recognition feature enabled in Windows 11/10.

Is Speech Recognition enabled or disabled on the system by default?

In Windows 11, Speech Recognition feature is disabled by default. This is why most users wouldn’t be able to use the text to speech feature either. A lot of other controls would be disabled. If you wish to enable Speech Recognition by yourself, you would have to set it up for the first time. Most users wouldn’t really need speech recognition and thus it is a part of the Accessibility section. It is very helpful for differently-abled people.

Read: How to Turn On or Off Touch keyboard typing sound in Windows 11

Why would you need to disable the Speech Recognition feature?

While the Speech Recognition feature is disabled by default, a few third-party software products can enable it. Since it couldn’t be a hindrance for you, you could consider disabling it as explained above. If you wish to disable it permanently so no software could enable it, the Registry Level method has been explained.

Microsoft has rolled out a native Voice Dictation feature with Windows 11/10 now. This tool can translate your spoken words into text, and it works in any app where there is a text input, and can also be used on the desktop to launch settings and other things.

How do I stop the Voice or Speech Recognition from popping up?

You can use Settings or the Registry to stop this behavior. Open REGEDIT, navigate to

HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftSpeech_OneCoreSettingsOnlineSpeechPrivacy

and change the DWord value HasAccepted to 0 as explained in this post.

How To Disable Keyboard Shortcuts On Windows 11.

If you are using Windows 11 and would like to disable all keyboard shortcuts to prevent accidentally pressing them or to stop users from accessing certain features via shortcuts. This article will show you two different ways to go about making the change. The option you are able to use will be determined by the version of Windows you are using.

Related: How to fix Windows 11 update 22H2 causing performance issues with NVIDIA graphics.

Keyboard shortcuts are some of the most useful quality-of-life additions found on the operating system and have been around for a very long time. They allow you to quickly and easily perform tons and tons of options from opening the Task Manager using Ctrl + Alt + Delete to copy and pasting using Ctrl + C and Ctrl + V. While most people couldn’t live without keyboard shortcuts there are times when you may want to or need to disable them.

Why would you want to disable keyboard shortcuts? Well, perhaps you have disabled the main program, tool or service. Task Manager, Control Panel, Settings etc. And if you don’t disable the keyboard shortcuts it is possible for users to still access these tools (depending on how you disabled them originally) You may also want to disable them because you keep pressing them by accident etc. Whatever your reason, it doesn’t matter, below you will find both methods you can use to disable keyboard shortcuts on Windows 11.

Note: Just make sure you have created a system restore point before you start the steps shown below. This will allow you to go back to a safe point if you make a mistake. If you aren’t done this before you can check out our guide here.

How to disable Windows 11 keyboard shortcuts using the Local Group Policy Editor.

This method is not available for Windows Home users, you will have to skip ahead to the Registry Editor option.

First, open the Group Policy Editor by pressing the Windows Key + R. Then type gpedit into the text box and press Enter.

This will open the Group Policy Editor where you will need to go to the following location:

In this window select Enable and the change will take effect.

If you wish to re-enable keyboard shortcuts on Windows 11 again, you will need to return to the same location and change the option back to disabled.

How to disable Windows 11 keyboard shortcuts using Registry Editor.

This method is available for all Windows 11 users however as with the previous method, you should still create a system restore point before starting the process.

When you have the tool open use the left-hand pane to navigate to the following location:

HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPoliciesExplorer

All you have to do now is restart your computer and the change will take effect as soon as you sign back in. If you ever want to re-enable shortcuts again go back to the same location and change the Value data back to 0.

How To Disable Usb Selective Suspend On Windows 10

How to Disable USB Selective Suspend on Windows 10

Also Read: Best USB Port Blocker Software For Windows 10, 8, 7

What are USB Selective Suspend Settings in Windows 10?

USB Selective Suspend Settings is an effort by Microsoft to reduce the wasteful power consumption of the device and improve the battery life of PCs.

Now that we have understood What USB Selective Suspend Setting is, let’s move forward to ‘How to Disable USB Selective Suspend on Windows 10?’

Also Read: Best USB Encryption Software in 2023

How to Disable USB Selective Suspend on Windows 10?

Step 1: Open Control Panel. You can open it by searching for the Control Panel in the Cortana Search on the Taskbar.

Step 2: In the control Panel, make sure you are in Category view mode.

Step 3: Open Hardware and Sound.

Step 4: Select Change Battery Settings under Power Options on the right-hand pane of the screen.

Step 5: On the next page, under the head ‘Preferred Plans’, choose Change Plan Settings.

Step 7: Find USB Settings on the list in the newly opened ‘Power Options’ Dialog Box and expand it.

Step 8: Further expand USB Selective Suspend Settings to find the Enable and Disable toggle. Turn the toggle to Disable to Disable USB Selective Suspend Settings.

Once you are done Disabling the USB Selective Settings, Windows will no longer optimize the battery life of the device by disabling not-in-use USB Ports.

If you choose to Enable the USB Selective Settings later on, you can follow the same steps and Enable the settings.

FAQs:

FAQ 1

Should I always Disable USB Selective Suspend Settings on Windows 10?

No, you should not always Disable USB Selective Settings on Windows 10. It is a power saving feature that can be extremely useful with the portable devices in order to save on some power. If you run into some trouble with USB Selective Settings, you can try Disabling Selective Settings on Windows 10. Otherwise, we suggest keeping it enabled.

FAQ 2

Has USB Selective Suspend been proven to cause trouble with USB Ports?

FAQ 3

Is Disabling USB Selective Suspend on Windows 10 Harmful?

No, it isn’t harmful per se. But it can take a toll on your device’s battery life.

Final Verdict:

USB Selective Suspend is an extremely useful feature and you should always keep it Turned-On to ensure a good battery life out of your device. However, if you have been facing trouble with your USB port, you can give disabling the settings a try and see if it helps resolve the problem.

Recommended Readings:

How To Format Write Protected USB Pendrive

Speed Up Slow USB Transfer In Windows 10

How To Recover Deleted Videos From A USB Device Or A Pen Drive

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