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How to Turn On or Off Translucent Selection Rectangle on Desktop in Windows


The translucent selection rectangle is the box you see when you left click and hold, and then drag the pointer over items to select them when you release the left click.

If you like, you can turn off showing the translucent selection rectangle on your desktop.

When the translucent selection rectangle is turned off for the desktop, you will only see an outline selection rectangle on the desktop instead.

This will not affect showing the translucent selection rectangle in File Explorer.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off showing the translucent selection rectangle on the desktop for your account in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.


 CONTENTS:

  • Option One: Turn On or Off Translucent Selection Rectangle on Desktop in Visual Effects Performance Options
  • Option Two: Turn On or Off Translucent Selection Rectangle on Desktop using a REG file


EXAMPLE: "Show translucent selection rectangle" On and Off for desktop
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Turn On or Off Translucent Selection Rectangle on Desktop in Windows OPTION ONE Turn On or Off Translucent Selection Rectangle on Desktop in Windows
Turn On or Off Translucent Selection Rectangle on Desktop in Visual Effects Performance Options

1. Press the Win+R keys to open Run, type SystemPropertiesPerformance.exe into Run, click/tap on OK to directly open the Visual Effects tab in Performance Options.

2. Check (on - default) or uncheck (off) Show translucent selection rectangle for what you want, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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Turn On or Off Translucent Selection Rectangle on Desktop in Windows OPTION TWO Turn On or Off Translucent Selection Rectangle on Desktop in Windows
Turn On or Off Translucent Selection Rectangle on Desktop using a REG file


The downloadable .reg files below will modify the DWORD value in the registry key below.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced

ListviewAlphaSelect DWORD

0 = Off
1 = On


1. Do step 2 (on) or step 3 (off) below for what you would like to do.


 2. To Turn On Show Translucent Selection Rectangle on Desktop

This is the default setting.

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

Turn_ON_Show_translucent_selection_rectangle.reg

download


 3. To Turn Off Show Translucent Selection Rectangle on Desktop

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

Turn_OFF_Show_translucent_selection_rectangle.reg

download

4. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

5. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

6. When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7. Restart explorer, sign out and sign in to Windows, or restart the computer to apply.

8. You could now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


That's it,
Shawn