Turn off the color on the selection rectangle in Windows 10

In Windows 10, the appearance of the region in which you selected items is distinct from a translucent colored rectangle. Do you know that you can change it according to your personal visual aesthetics?

The translucent check box in Windows 10 represents the selection of items that you make when left-clicking and holding down the left mouse button to drag the cursor over the items in File Explorer or the desktop to select them. This rectangle has a border of a solid color and is filled with a translucent version of the same color.

You can, if you wish, turn off the coloring of the translucent selection rectangle on your desktop. If you turn it off, you will see a selection rectangle that has only one white border, no color in it.

Here are two methods you can use to turn off the color in the translucent selection rectangle on your Windows 10 desktop.

Method A (Via System Properties)

A'1. Press Win + R. at the same time. In the "Run" window that appears on the screen, type SystemPropertiesAdvanced in the text box and press Enter.
A'2. A window titled "System Properties" will open. Go to the "Advanced" tab (if you are not already) and in the "Performance" section, click the "Settings" button.
A'3. A window titled "Performance Options" will open. There are a number of presets available at the top of the window.

  • Choose the best Windows for my computer (the operating system will turn on and off some visual effects that determine that they will work properly on your hardware).
  • Adjust for optimal appearance (This will allow all available visual effects).
  • Adjust for optimal performance (All visual effects will be turned off).
  • Customize (This will allow you to manually enable or disable visual effects. Once you change one of the checkboxes in the list below, this option will be selected by default).

Disable the "Show Translucent Selection Rectangle" option.
A'4. Click the "Apply" button and close the window.


The rectangle checkbox is enabled


The rectangle checkbox is off

Method B (Via the register).

B.1. Open the Registry Editor application.
B.2. Go to the following registry key.

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

B.3. On the right, modify or create a new 32-Bit DWORD value named ListviewAlphaSelect. Note: Even if you are running Windows 64-bit, you must create a 32-bit DWORD value.
B.4. Set its value to 0 to turn off the translucent selection rectangle. Value data 1 will activate it.
B.5. To make changes to the registry editor, you must first close it and then log out and log back in to the user account. Alternatively, you can restart Explorer.

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