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Is there a way to make the taskbar and application title bar go blank when a window is maximized, like it was in Vista?

I find it very distracting to see what's behind the maximized window (there is a reason why I maximized it). I think the decision to have only transparent window elements all the time was a stupid one, but they could have added it as an option at least. But they haven't, so I need now to draw two black bands over my wallpapers and make the chrome as dark as possible.

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You should probably specify that you're using Windows 7. We can only guess from the tags. – Sasha Chedygov Oct 17 '09 at 21:48
that's what tags are for, no? – Snark Oct 17 '09 at 21:53
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I haven't tested it (yet) but this theme should be pretty close to what you want.

Requested. Just adds the old function to make the window opaque when maximized.

As it's a custom theme, you need a patched UXTheme to install it. You can use UxStyle to patch it.

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It works, but not the way it was in Vista. The title bar goes black, but still remains a bit transparent... and the taskbar remains 100% transparent :( – Gratian Lup Oct 18 '09 at 13:22

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