How to speed up Windows 10 animations

Windows 10 is all loaded with animations. These animations give Windows 10 a smoother and a more modern interface. The duration of these animations also helps the user in determining the speediness of the overall computer. However, this also helps the user do their work faster as they do not spend their precious milliseconds to waiting for the program to load and the animation to take place. People therefore often tend to make these animations faster to make good use of the animations as well as get their work done even faster. So, today, we will be discussing how to adjust the duration of menu animations on your Windows 10 computer.

Speed up Windows 10 menu animations

First of all, we would recommend you to create a System Restore point. Because we will be playing with registry files and modifying some critical Windows settings. Having done this, we will continue on our quest of speeding up menu animations on Windows 10.

Hit the WINKEY + R button combination to launch the Run utility, type in regedit and hit Enter. Click on Yes for the UAC or User Account Control Prompt that you get.

How to speed up Windows 10 animations

Once Registry Editor opens, navigate to the following key location-

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop

Look up for a DWORD called MenuShowDelay on the right side panel.

Double click on it to modify its value data. The number in that field is the number of milliseconds that the computer will take to run the animation once it is initiated. You can adjust it lower to make the animations faster, and you can set a higher number of making the animations slower.

The default value is 400. To speed up animation you could enter a figure of, say, 200.

Click on OK to set the values. Reboot your computer for the changes to take effect.

Completely disable animations

To completely disable animations, type ‘Performance Options’ in Start search and hit Enter. Verify that you are under the  Visual Effects tab.


If you select Adjust for best performance, all animations & visual effects will be disabled.

To disable only animations, select Custom and make sure that you uncheck the following two entries:

Now click on Apply and exit.

Reboot your computer for the changes to take effect.

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Ayush has been a Windows enthusiast since the day he got his first PC with Windows 98SE. He is an active Windows Insider since Day 1 and is now a Windows Insider MVP. He has been testing pre-release services on his Windows 10 PC, Lumia, and Android devices.