How to Hide the Contents of a Window while Dragging on Windows 11/10?

Sometimes you may feel that your Windows system is processing very slowly. There may be many reasons for the slow processing of Windows computers. Disabling some non-important features may help to speed up things if your Windows 11 or 10 is slow.

Dragging-a-window-on-the-screenSuch as hiding the contents of a window while it is being dragged. By default, Windows displays the contents of a window when you move it on your screen. Your system continuously renders the window, its elements, and the icons inside as it moves once you move a window.

This way, your PC makes a lot of effort. If your computer is powerful, you will not notice any lag, but if your PC is less powerful, low on system resources, or old, the animation can be laggy and jittery.

By hiding the contents of a window when it moves, you can reduce the resources used by animation. Once you disable this feature, when you drag a window on the screen, you will see just a rectangular outline is moving.

This risewindows article will show or hide the contents of a window while dragging on Windows 11 or 10 screens. To do this, you can use the two methods, built-in Performance Options or Registry Editor.

How to Show or Hide the Contents of a Window while Dragging via Performance Options?

Follow the below-given steps to enable or disable the “Show window contents while dragging” feature on Windows 11 or 10:-

Step 1. Start with opening the Run dialog box by pressing the WindowsR keys on the keyboard.

Step 2. After that, type SystemPropertiesPerformance into the Run box and click on the OK button to open the Visual Effects tab in Performance Options.


Step 3. Then, uncheck the box Show windows contents while dragging to disable the feature.

Performance-Options-Show-window-contents-while-draggingQuick Note: Check the checkbox Show windows contents while dragging to enable the feature.

Step 4. Click on the Apply button.

Step 5. Next, press the OK button.

How to Enable or Disable “Show windows contents while dragging” using Registry Editor?

Follow the below-illustrated steps to turn on or off “Show windows contents while dragging” through Windows 11 or 10 Registry Editor:-

Step 1. Now open the Registry Editor.

Step 2. Then, go to the following key in the left sidebar of Registry Editor:-

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop

Registry-Editor-DesktopStep 3. After that, from the right-sidebar, double-click on the DragFullWindows REG_SZ and set its “Value data” to the following:-

  • 0: Disable show windows contents while dragging.
  • 1: Enable show windows contents while dragging.

Registry-Editor-DragFullWindowsStep 4. Next, click the OK button.

Step 5. Lastly, reboot your PC to apply the changes.

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