Personalization Enable or Disable Show window contents while dragging in Windows 11


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Windows will show window contents while dragging by default.

If you like, you can turn off Show window contents while dragging to only show window outline while dragging.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off Show window contents while dragging for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.


Contents

  • Option One: Turn On or Off Show window contents while dragging in Visual Effects Performance Options
  • Option Two: Turn On or Off Show window contents while dragging using REG file


EXAMPLE: "Show window contents while dragging" turned off

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Option One

Turn On or Off Show window contents while dragging in Visual Effects Performance Options


1 Run (Win+R) SystemPropertiesPerformance.exe to open Visual Effects Performance Options.

2 In the Visual Effects tab, check (on - default) or uncheck (off) Show window contents while dragging for what you want, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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Option Two

Turn On or Off Show window contents while dragging using REG file


1 Do step 2 (on) or step 3 (off) below for what you want.

2 Turn On Show window contents while dragging

This is the default setting.


A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the REG file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Turn_ON_Show_window_contents_while_dragging.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop]
"DragFullWindows"="1"

3 Turn Off Show window contents while dragging

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the REG file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Turn_OFF_Show_window_contents_while_dragging.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop]
"DragFullWindows"="0"

4 Save the .reg file to your desktop.

5 Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

6 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7 Either sign out and sign in or restart the computer to apply.

8 You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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