Curtains update brings gorgeous blurring to Windows 10 File Explorer

Curtains Transparent File Explorer
Curtains Transparent File Explorer (Image credit: Stardock)

What you need to know

  • Curtains from Stardock has an update, which brings it to v1.1.
  • The update brings transparency and blur options for the File Explorer on Windows 10.
  • Curtains is available from Stardock for $10.

Curtains from Stardock allows you to customize the style of Windows 10. Stardock just rolled out an update that brings Curtains to v1.1. The update allows you to have the File Explorer feature transparency and blur effects. Curtains is available from Stardock for $10 (opens in new tab). You can also get it as part of Object Desktop (opens in new tab), which comes with several programs for customizing Windows 10 and costs $30.

Curtains works in a similar way to Light and Dark Mode on Windows 10. With it, you can change any element that would swap with either Light or Dark Mode. It works with high DPI displays, so it should look good on a range of setups.

In addition to the new transparency and blur effects for File Explorer, the latest update of Curtains also brings an option to extend the title bar ribbon of the File Explorer.

Curtains supports changing gradients, shadow opacity, and many other elements of the Windows GUI. You can use those effects on the Start button, title bar buttons, and other parts of the operating system.

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  • It looks cool I think but I would do it more subtle (I understand it is easily customizable).
  • Looks cool. Microsoft needs some designers and devs with skills and taste. So far we have zero customizability with the new parts of Windows 10. All this stuff can only be done with the msstyle/win32 parts of Windows.
  • They actually don't need the designers. They are still making w10 stable instead of doing detailed fluent design work.