So you can turn off the "sliding" animation when switching between Virtual desktops when unchecking "Animate windows when minimizing and maximizing" in the Performance Options; this prevents you from seeing any animations when you switch between virtual desktops.

However, whenever I enter Task View (such as by pressing Win+Tab), I notice that there's a brief animation where all of the Windows that are currently on screen move into the little boxes to select from, and then once a Window is chose, there is another animation where they all move back into place. Unfortunately, changing the option that I mentioned earlier does NOT disable this animation, and honestly, I'm not quite sure what does.

How can you disable the initial Task View animation in Windows 10?


This is not the same as the question here: Turn off Windows 10 Task View sliding animation I'm referring to the very first animation that plays the moment you press the task view button, not the one that plays when switching between virtual desktops.

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    Seconding the point that this question is not a duplicate: 1. Confirmed that the suggested solution there does not apply to the mentioned case in latest version of Win10 Apr 2018 Update (version 1803). With the "Animate windows when minimizing and maximizing" unchecked, pressing Win+Tab, as dragging windows between virtual desktop still have animation. 2. Set Win10 Settings>Display>Show animations in Windows to Off would not disable the Win+Tab and related animations either.
    – circle
    Jun 13, 2018 at 9:16

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Finally! I think going to "Control Panel\Ease of Access\Ease of Access Center\Make the computer easier to see" and checking "Turn off all unnecessary animations (when possible)" will do the trick. All Windows animations disabled: success!

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    @Scott, computers are complex things with complex, and often ill-designed, software running on them. The setting I pointed out may work because I also have animations disabled somewhere else too. How about instead of being demanding, you contribute something to the conversation? Feb 16, 2019 at 19:42
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    2+ years later, your answer helped. Thanks Tyler.
    – Rumtintin
    May 16, 2021 at 22:00

Control panel → System → Advanced system settings → Performance settings. Uncheck "Animate controls and elements inside windows".

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    Thanks. For future visitors, the path I took was like this: Settings ---> Then write this in the search box: Adjust the appearance and performance of Windows ---> Then uncheck the option Animate controls and elements inside windows which is the first one in my case.
    – aderchox
    Mar 1, 2022 at 21:01
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    Does anyone know what other animations this setting affects, and whether this setting is exposed to user-space programs? I don't want to disable any animations other than Windows OS ones, which are usually really bad.
    – iono
    Jul 8, 2022 at 4:59

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