How To Create a Shortcut to Enable/Disable Aero Transparency

By 13/02/2012How To

Hello lovely people šŸ™‚

In this computerĀ repairs blog, I have decided toĀ  explain how you can create a shortcut that will allow you to turn on or off the transparency in Windows Vista. IĀ  just feel it isĀ another of those little secrets thatĀ is sure to be of interest to at least one or two of you.

This tip is really nothing new and has been around for quite some time. The misunderstanding comes from the fact that this trick does notĀ turn off Aero or the compositing engine, it only disables the transparency.

You canĀ get the same result by right clicking on the desktop ā€“ chose *Personalise* and then *Window colour and appearance*

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You will see the ā€œEnable transparencyā€ checkbox in this screen, which works immediately.

How to create Aero Transparency Shortcut

Right-click anywhere on the desktop and choose New Shortcut,

Then enter in one of the following into the Location box to create the new shortcut.

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Turn Aero Transparency Off

rundll32.exe dwmApi #104

Turn Aero Transparency On

rundll32.exe dwmApi #102

Just for the purposes of showing you what it looks like we have the same screenshot with Aero transparency turned both on and off.

Here is it with Aero Transparency On:

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And with Aero Transparency Off:

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Have fun and I hope this computer repairs blog was of interest.

Over and out

MobileGeekette

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