Remove Transparency and Enable Blur in Start Menu background in Windows 10

Microsoft has added one awesome Start Menu in Windows 10, which comes with some useful settings to personalize the Start Menu. However, there are some things, what are not available in the new Settings panel. Some small changes can be effected, by tweaking the Windows Registry.

By default, the Windows 10 Start Menu has a transparent background. Nevertheless, this can be changed easily using the Registry Editor.  For example, you can remove transparency and enable blur in Start Menu background, remove transparency totally, change the background color and more.

Remove Transparency, Enable Blur in Windows 10 Start Menu

You will have to Run regedit to open the Registry Editor. Before making any changes in Registry Editor, make sure that you have created a backup of the Registry.

So open the Registry Editor on your machine. To do so, press Win+R, type regedit and hit Enter.

You will get the UAC confirmation pop-up. Just hit the YES button. After it is opened, navigate to the following path,

HKEY_CURRENT _USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Themes\Personalize

On the right hand side, you will see a key named EnableBlurBehind.

Enable Blur in Start Menu Background

Right-click on it and select Modify. The default value should be 0. Change it to 1 and click on OK.

Enable Blur in Start Menu Background

You will be required to restart your computer for the effects to be seen.

Remove Transparency and Enable Blur

If you want to re-enable the Transparent background, set back the value to 0.

To increase Start Menu Transparency, you may also change the value of EnableTransparency key from 1 to 0.

Let us know if you like the new-look Start Menu in Windows 10.

Read next:

  1. How to make Taskbar transparent or blurred in Windows 10
  2. How to show Color on Start Menu and Taskbar in Windows 10.
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