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How to Make Taskbar Translucent or Disable Transparency in Windows 10?

The taskbar in Windows 10 is quite different than the one we saw in previous iterations of Windows. By default, we get a bit of transparency on the taskbar, but it is minimal. We can go into settings and change it a bit too, but the difference after that is very minimal. So we have compiled several methods for you to try and make your taskbar a little or completely transparent.

We have included the built-in default way in this list of methods, too, as for some of you, that might be enough. But if you want to have a taskbar that ultimately gets lost in the background, then you must take at the other methods for sure. We have also included a method to disable the transparency on your Windows 10. So if you are looking for a way to do that, then check out the steps on that method mentioned below at the end.

How to Make Taskbar Translucent or Transparent in Windows 10?

Using the Windows Registry:

The next method is a bit more complicated than the first one. However, if you follow the steps accordingly, you will find it easy to do so.

  • Press and hold Windows Key+ R. This will open up Run.
  • Enter “Regedit” in the empty box of Run and hit the Enter button.
  • It will open up the Registry Editor window.

  • On the left-hand side of that window, you will see a list of options. Click on it and use it to navigate to Computer/HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SOFTWARE/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Explorer/Advanced.
  • Right-click on Advanced, go to New, and click on DWORD (32-bit) Value.

  • Name the newly created entry as UseOLEDTaskbarTransparency.
  • Double click on it, set the base to Hexadecimal, and enter 1 in the Value data field.

  • Click on Ok and then close the Registry Editor.
  • Now press and hold Windows Key+ R again.
  • Enter “ms-settings:personalization” in the empty box of Run and hit the Enter button.
  • It will open up the Personalization settings windows. Click on the Colors option you see on the left-hand side.
  • Now inside Color Options, scroll and find More options.
  • Here, turn the toggle on for Transparency effects.

Restart the computer and see if the taskbar has become transparent. If it has not, then try turning transparency on and off again, that will surely do the trick.

Using TranslucentTB:

TranslucentTB is a user-developed tool for changing the transparency on your Windows taskbar. It is much easier to use and something you can try if you found the previous method a bit confusing.

  • Click on this link and download the .exe file for TranslucentTB.

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  • Store that file on to a location of your preference.
  • Open the location where you stored the exe file and double click on TranslucentTB.exe.
  • Install TranslucentTB onto your system by following the on screen navigation.

  • The setup may take a while if you have a slow internet connection as it requires some additional files to be downloaded.
  • After the setup is finished and click on finish, you might notice that your taskbar has gone a bit translucent. If you want it to be completely translucent, then right-click on the TranslucentTB icon in the system tray and set regular to clear. It will make your taskbar completely transparent.

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  • Now right click on the translucentTB icon in the taskbar again and select Open at Boot. It will ensure that even if you shut down your PC, on your next startup, the toolbar will remain completely transparent.

Using TaskbarTools:

TaskbarTools is another user developed tool that comes with a bunch of options for taskbar customization. If you want some additional effects other than transparency for your taskbar, then this is something you can try.

  • Click on this link and download the zip file for TaskbarTools.
  • Extract the contents of the zip file on to a location of your preference.
  • Open the location where you just extracted the zip file and double click on taskbartool.exe.
  • A Taskbar Tools window should show up on your screen. Adjust the Accent State with different Gradient Colors available to try different interfaces for your taskbar and choose the one that you prefer.
  • To save the changes and have that same taskbar design every time you turn on your device, click on More Options and check the boxes next to tart Minimized, Apply Settings When Started, and Start with Windows.

How to Disable Taskbar Transparency in Windows 10?

Windows 10’s transparency effect is not for everyone, and if you are looking for a way to disable them, then follow the instructions below.

  • Press and hold Windows Key+ R. This will open up Run.
  • Enter “ms-settings:personalization” in the empty box of Run and hit the Enter button.
  • It will open up the Personalization settings windows. Click on the Colors option you see on the left-hand side.
  • Now inside Color Options, scroll and find More options.
  • Here, turn the toggle on for Transparency effects.

This will completely turn off the default transparency effects of Windows 10. It will surely conserve some battery, so you can give it a try if you are looking to elongate the battery life.

So now you know how to make your taskbar completely transparent or disable the transparency entirely. If you have any queries about any of the methods mentioned above, then feel free to comment down below. Also, be sure to check out our other articles on iPhone Tips and TricksPC tips and tricks, and Android Tips and Tricks.

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