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I don't like the semi-transparent nature of the Windows 7 taskbar. When a white window slides down there it makes the icons and, more importantly, the Workrave ( toolbar, hard to see.

Is there a way to disable transparency ONLY for the taskbar (I like it everywhere else).

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Unfortunately as far as I know, it is only possible to do it for everything through Control Panel > Personalization > Window Color

I would be interested to see if anyone has a solution/reg hack or similar for just the taskbar though as I have the same problem as you sometimes when I drag a window under it (Explorer Windows).

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Use a black wallpaper, or blacken the lower portion of your wallpaper using Paint. Alternatively, you can install the ZoneTick Clock, which disables taskbar transparency while it is running.

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+1 for suggesting blackening the bottom of the desktop image – nhinkle Sep 14 '10 at 18:41
It's not the wallpaper that's the problem for me, it's when I drag a window with a white background partially below the taskbar. This seems to be something I do with great frequency, for some reason. Since windows are on top of the wallpaper, changing the wallpaper wouldn't help. ZoneTick clock is an interesting suggestion, though naturally I prefer a solution that's free. – mhenry1384 Sep 14 '10 at 19:15
As a last resort, you could try writing a quick program that uses the Desktop Window Manager API to do that. Here is a similar discussion: – Hippo Sep 14 '10 at 20:01

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