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Removing the Fade Effect from Maximizing/Minimizing WIndows

by fwonger / September 16, 2008 4:45 AM PDT

I am almost sure this question has already been asked, but I have not been able to locate it: How do I remove from Windows XP that gradual fade to minimize or maximize a window? I value the speed that my system reacts to me more than eye candy effects that are set by default to on by Windows. A link to a corresponding topic thread will do.

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get tweakui
by ramarc / September 16, 2008 4:50 AM PDT
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Built-in Solution
by fwonger / September 16, 2008 4:55 AM PDT
In reply to: get tweakui

Microsoft has nothing built-in that lets us remove that?

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I've not seen this effect before.
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / September 16, 2008 5:59 AM PDT
In reply to: Built-in Solution

I've used XP for a number of years and this is a new one to me. When you say 'fade', do you mean that the window being displayed actually fades in appearance as it moves from maximized to minimized and vice versa? Or do you mean you see the motion of the window as it minimizes down, or maximizes back up?

Whichever, the only effects I know of that affects windows are those listed in System Properties.

Find your My Computer, right click it, and select Properties, then goto the Advanced tab > Performance Settings button.

In the Visual Effects tab you will see a number of different effects Windows can use. Possibly yours is amongst them, but looking at my own I can't see anything that suggests what you describe. Perhaps it is "Animate windows when minimizing and maximizing"?

I hope that helps.


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Window Animation
by fwonger / September 16, 2008 9:15 AM PDT

ramarc got it right (see post 2), I mean the window animation as it goes from a minimized state to a maximized state and vice versa. Tweakui did the trick, and it also allowed me to remove the animation for menus (which is the same thing, just eye-candy but with no functional purpose). The OS should have let the user modify this with pre-built options.

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(NT) Glad you got it sorted.
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / September 16, 2008 8:21 PM PDT
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by fwonger / September 17, 2008 12:58 AM PDT

Thanks community.

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