Windows 10 is a service, which means that Microsoft regularly releases minor and major updates to the operating system to address issues and add new features.
Over the past two and half years, Microsoft has pushed out a few major updates to Windows 10. These major updates or feature updates didn’t bring any UI changes to the operating system. But this time around, with the RS4 Windows 10 release, Microsoft wants to improve the user interface.
New builds of Windows 10 sport the Fluent design. You can now see the fluent design in the Start, action center, Settings app, share flyout, Edge (title bar), and some other areas of Windows 10. Microsoft may or may not apply the fluent design to all areas of the operating system, but the new UI surely enhances the look of the UI.
For instance, the left-pane of the Settings pane, which was boring before, now supports acrylic and you can now see the fluent design in the Settings app.
For most, the new fluent design is elegant, but not everyone likes it.
If you also prefer to have the old UI of Windows 10 without the acrylic, there is an option under the Settings app to turn off the fluent design. That is, you can turn off the fluent design by simply turning off transparency effects.
Enable or disable the fluent design in Windows 10
Complete the directions given below to disable or turn off the fluent design in Windows 10.
Step 1: Right-click on an empty spot on the desktop and then click Personalize. This action will open Personalization category in the Settings app.
Step 2: Click on Colors.
Step 3: In the More options section, move the Transparency effects switch to the off position to disable the fluent design. To enable the fluent design again, turn on Transparency effects switch.
Changes will reflect immediately. No need to sign out or reboot your PC.