Taskbar Animations in Vista

Posted: August 22, 2009 in Vista
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In Windows Vista when you close an application or window, the buttons on the taskbar gently slide around and resize. This sounds like a great effect, but often on some computers the animation can be choppy and just plain look bad. On my Vista PC, I always disable this option because the animation does not look the best, and the taskbar seems to operate much faster with the animations disabled. I recommend experimenting with this feature to see whether you like the old non-animated taskbar button better.

Follow these steps to disable the sliding taskbar buttons:

  1. Click the Start button, type Performance Information, and press Enter.
  2. When Performance Information and Tools loads, click Adjust visual effects under tasks on the left menu.
  3. The Performance Options window opens. On the Visual Effects tab, scroll through the list and clear Slide taskbar buttons.
  4. Click OK to save your changes.

Your changes are applied immediately. Close the Performance Information and Tools window now, and you will see the difference. Better? I hope you like it.

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