Personalization Enable or Disable Translucent Selection Rectangle on Desktop in Windows 11


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The translucent selection rectangle is the box you see when you left click and hold, and then drag the pointer over items to select them when you release the left click.

If you like, you can turn off showing the translucent selection rectangle on your desktop.

When the translucent selection rectangle is turned off for the desktop, you will only see an outline selection rectangle on the desktop instead.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off show translucent selection rectangle on the desktop for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.


This will not affect the translucent selection rectangle in File Explorer.



Contents

  • Option One: Turn On or Off Show Translucent Selection Rectangle on Desktop in Visual Effects Performance Options
  • Option Two: Turn On or Off Show Translucent Selection Rectangle on Desktop using REG file


EXAMPLE: "Show translucent selection rectangle" on desktop turned on and off

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Show_translucent_selection_rectangle_off.jpg





Option One

Turn On or Off Show Translucent Selection Rectangle on Desktop 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 translucent selection rectangle for what you want, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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Option Two

Turn On or Off Show Translucent Selection Rectangle on Desktop using REG file


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

2 Turn On Show Translucent Selection Rectangle on Desktop

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_translucent_selection_rectangle_on_desktop.reg


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

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced]
"ListviewAlphaSelect"=dword:00000001

3 Turn Off Show Translucent Selection Rectangle on Desktop

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

Turn_OFF_Show_translucent_selection_rectangle_on_desktop.reg


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

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced]
"ListviewAlphaSelect"=dword:00000000

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 restart the explorer.exe process, 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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