Bugged acrylic behaviour in Windows 11


JohnnyGui

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I noticed that an active window/app always shows the acrylic effect with the colors of the desktop background even when there are windows/apps behind it blocking the desktop background.

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My desktop has green colors and as you can see the Settings app is showing green hues even though Edge is blocking the desktop from behind.

Does anyone else have this issue?
 

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It’s not bugged, it’s that way by design. And it’s not acrylic, they call this Mica material. Read more in the official guidelines: Mica material - Windows apps

Thanks for the reply. I recall Windows 10 showing the colors of the windows behind the active windows instead which would seem more natural and logical to me.
 

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    Windows Pro 11 22H2 Build 22621.1992
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    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom built
    CPU
    i5-12600K
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte Z690 UD DDR4
    Memory
    Transcend 16GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Zotac 4070Ti Trinity
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    Internal: Realtek® ALC892 codec
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    Asus VZ239-H
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    Kingston 500GB nVME
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    Fractal Focus 2 RGB White
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    Xilence LQ240PRO Watercooling
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    Edge Chromium
That's how Microsoft envisioned this. From a computational perspective, Mica is arguably less resource intensive than acrylic - a redraw of the backdrop brush is necessary only when the wallpaper changes, as opposed to when anything in the background changes.

Acrylic/Aero is indeed nice, but it really is just a gimmick that's not really needed. The thing is, it wastes power needlessly - the screen has to redraw when the slightest thing changes just to have some eye candy effect. Opaque windows are more ecological and really, they can look fine just as well, if not better. If you think about it, why waste computational cycles for something that's not really necessary. The power savings are also much more important on portable computers, which we know struggle already with battery life, because of Intel and Qualcomm's chip designs.
 

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That's how Microsoft envisioned this. From a computational perspective, Mica is arguably less resource intensive than acrylic - a redraw of the backdrop brush is necessary only when the wallpaper changes, as opposed to when anything in the background changes.

Acrylic/Aero is indeed nice, but it really is just a gimmick that's not really needed. The thing is, it wastes power needlessly - the screen has to redraw when the slightest thing changes just to have some eye candy effect. Opaque windows are more ecological and really, they can look fine just as well, if not better. If you think about it, why waste computational cycles for something that's not really necessary. The power savings are also much more important on portable computers, which we know struggle already with battery life, because of Intel and Qualcomm's chip designs.

Thanks for the explanation. Makes sense performance wise.

@valinet I noticed that the Start menu does show colors of apps/windows in the background for some reason.
 
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    Windows Pro 11 22H2 Build 22621.1992
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom built
    CPU
    i5-12600K
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte Z690 UD DDR4
    Memory
    Transcend 16GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Zotac 4070Ti Trinity
    Sound Card
    Internal: Realtek® ALC892 codec
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Asus VZ239-H
    Screen Resolution
    1080p
    Hard Drives
    Kingston 500GB nVME
    Case
    Fractal Focus 2 RGB White
    Cooling
    Xilence LQ240PRO Watercooling
    Browser
    Edge Chromium
Thanks for the explanation. Makes sense performance wise.

@valinet I noticed that the Start menu does show colors of apps/windows in the background for some reason.
Yeah, I am not Microsoft, I find it difficult as well to understand some of their decisions, to be honest. Glad I was of help.
 

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