How to Disable Transparency on Mac and Boost Performance

Joel Lee 08-03-2017

One thing I learned when I bought my first Mac 7 Features You Will Love When Switching to Mac I used to be that guy who rolled his eyes at MacBook users, then I bit the bullet and bought an iMac. Read More is that the operating system feels extremely smooth, even when the system specs aren’t top-of-the-line. But if your system is on the older side and you need to wring out every last bit of performance, try disabling transparency effects.


Or maybe you simply don’t like the transparency. That’s fine, too. Here are the steps to disable the feature:

  1. Open Spotlight and launch System Preferences.
  2. Navigate to Accessibility.
  3. On the left, navigate to Display.
  4. On the right, enable the Reduce transparency option.

Note that disabling transparency effects will make your system interface look different. For example, with transparency on, windows take on a dynamic tint depending on what colors are behind. Turning off transparency will make all windows the same shade of gray:

How to Disable Transparency on Mac and Boost Performance mac with transparency
Mac with transparency effects
How to Disable Transparency on Mac and Boost Performance mac without transparency
Mac without transparency effects

Again, the benefit is more about improved performance than aesthetic clarity. The transparency effect on Mac requires a non-negligible amount of CPU for rendering, so disabling this feature will spare some of your processing power for other tasks, whether browsing the web Safari vs. Chrome for Mac: 9 Reasons You Shouldn't Use Chrome Between Safari and Chrome on Mac, Safari is the clear winner. Here's why you should avoid using Google Chrome on Mac. Read More or playing games The 10 Best Role-Playing Games for Mac It's a great time to be alive as a Mac gamer, especially for fans of RPGs. Here are the best role-playing games for Mac! Read More .

How do you feel about transparency on Mac? Do you think the CPU gains are worth disabling the feature? Know of any other cool CPU-saving tricks? Let us know below!


Related topics: Mac Tricks, Troubleshooting.

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  1. Ron
    March 13, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    So, how do I access the "Universal Clipboard" on myh iPhone 7? Since there’s no mention of it in iOS or macOS anywhere and you won’t find a Settings item for it, or a helpful popup to guide you through it.

    • Jill
      April 30, 2017 at 1:52 pm

      How about posting that somewhere relevant? this is an article about Mac finder transparency....