Drop shadows are a blessing and a curse for Windows users, depending on their personal preference or the type of PC they own. If they’re not using something with a capable video or graphics card, drop shadows can slow down the overall performance of your computer.

If that’s happening to you, or you just don’t like the pronounced look of drop shadows in Windows 10, we’ll show you how to disable them and enable them again down the line if you need to.

Disabling Drop Shadows in Windows 10

Drop shadows in Windows 10 have been simulated, so far, to look as if you’re using OS X. While Microsoft hasn’t officially acknowledge this, all it takes is looking at them to realize it’s the truth. For some, this is just too much and distracting; for others, it may be hampering the computer’s performance.

If you’re ready to disable drop shadows in Windows 10, open the “Control Panel” any way you feel comfortable. You can either search for it or select it from the “Win+X” shortcut menu.

Once open, click “System and Security.”


Now, click the “System” option. 


In the left-hand panel, the very last option, you’ll see Advanced system settings. Click on it.


You will get a new window with some tabs and the Advanced tab will already be selected. Under the Performance heading, click on “Settings.”


By default, Windows 10 will choose one of the options listed, usually adjust for best appearance. This isn’t the best option for all computers, but Windows ships out this way.

Even if drop shadows aren’t giving you an issue, it’s best to go through each of these options. You’ll be surprised by what a difference in performance they can give your computer, especially if you’re using a budget laptop or netbook.

Look for the “Show shadows under windows” option and uncheck the box for it.


This’ll change the default option above to Custom.

Click “Apply,” then “OK” to save your changes.

Your screen may flash as the changes take effect, and in some cases in the Technical Preview, we’ve seen Explorer resetting briefly due to the changes.

Now, drop shadows have been disabled on your PC.

In the future, if you want to enable drop shadows again, simply follow the above steps and check the box next to “Show shadows under windows” to turn the feature back on.

You should notice an almost instant performance improvement in Windows 10 if your computer was seeing issues due to drop shadows.


The performance settings in Windows 10, and any version of Windows, can help fix issues with display and overall speed of your PC.

If you’re using an older PC or laptop, we recommend going through each setting to see what helps improve performance, including disable drop shadows. You’ll be surprised by how much smoother your computer’s display runs when you find the right combination of settings for your computer’s setup.