Disable Show window contents while dragging In Windows 8.1

A few months ago, we posted about enhancing Windows 8 performance by tweaking visual effects. One of the features you could disable is Show window contents while dragging. You might have observed that when you drag and drop contents in Windows 8, they are shown visually (via animation) and you get the impression that it is  happening physically.

To some users, it looks cool; but for an expert or technical user, this looks like an extra consumption of resources. So in order to optimize Windows and improve its processing performance, disabling the content show-off while dragging may be nice idea. This article deals out the ways, using which you can configure Windows to disable dragging contents to show:

Disable Window Contents While Dragging Using Visual Settings

1. Press Windows Key + R combination on keyboard and type sysdm.cpl in Run dialog box. Press OK.

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2. In the System Properties window, switch to Advanced tab. Under the head of Performance, click Settings.

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3. In the Performance Options window, firstly click Choose, then uncheck the option Show window contents while dragging.

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Click Apply followed by OK. Reboot to get results. If you still see the content while dragging objects, skip to registry method mentioned below:

Disable Window Contents While Dragging Using Registry Editor

1. Press Windows Key + R combination, type put Regedt32.exe in Run dialog box and hit Enter to open the Registry Editor.

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2. Navigate to the following location:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop

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3. In the right pane of this location, double click the string named DragFullWindows, you’ll go this:

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4. In the above box, change the Value data to 0 from 1. Click OK. You may close the Registry Editor if you like and reboot to see the results.

That’s it!

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An Electrical Engineer by profession, Kapil is a Microsoft MVP and a Microsoft Content Creator. Please read the entire post & the comments first & create a system restore point before making any changes to your system.