How To Show Or Hide Shadows Under Windows In Windows 11

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Operating systems continue to develop with exciting new features in the dynamic world of technology. The most recent version of Microsoft's well-liked operating system, Windows 11, adds a number of cosmetic improvements to improve user experience. The capability to reveal or conceal shadows behind windows is one such function. Although shadows give the user interface depth and visual attractiveness, other users might prefer a simpler, more minimalistic appearance. This blog post will examine four techniques for displaying or hiding window shadows in Windows 11.

Utilizing system settings 

  1. To access the Settings app, press Windows key + I.
  2. In the left pane, select "Accessibility".
  3. The "Show shadows under windows" option can be found in the "Visual effects" section. Toggle the switch to your preference to enable or disable shadows.

Using performance options 

  • Perform a right-click in File Explorer or on the desktop's "This PC" or "My Computer" icon and choose "Properties."
  • On the left side of the System Properties box, select the "Advanced system settings" link.
  • Select the "Settings" button from the "Performance" section.
  • Go to the "Visual Effects" tab in the Performance Options box 
  • Locate the "Show shadows under windows" option and choose or deselect the box to reveal or obscure shadows. To save your changes, click "Apply" and then "OK".

Utilizing Registry Editor 

The Registry Editor is a strong tool, and changing the incorrect items could have negative effects on your system. Before making any changes, proceed with caution and make a backup of your registry.

  • To open the Run dialog box, press Windows key + R. To launch the Registry Editor, enter "regedit" and press Enter.
  • Find the next path by navigating to it: 


Check the right-pane for a "ShowShadow" DWORD value. It can be double-clicked on to change its value.
  • Set the data value to "1" to enable shadows or "0" to disable them. To save the changes, click "OK".

Utilizing Command Prompt 

  • To launch an elevated Command Prompt, press Windows key + X and choose "Windows Terminal (Admin)".
  • Type the following command and hit Enter to enable shadows:

reg add "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced" /v ShowShadow /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f

  • Type the following command and hit Enter to turn off shadows:

reg add "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced" /v ShowShadow /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f


Customization is essential to making your computing experience unique, and Windows 11 provides a wide range of options to accommodate different preferences. One example of how Microsoft gives users the opportunity to customize their desktop environments is the option to reveal or remove shadows around windows. With ease, you may change the shadows under windows in Windows 11 using one of these four techniques, whether you like a minimalistic appearance or a touch of aesthetic flair. Always explore safely, and take pleasure in the process of figuring out your ideal desktop configuration.

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