I just installed Windows 10 the other day. I came from Linux and am surprised by how uncustomizable Windows is. I want to add more transparency to the taskbar, but I can't figure out how. Is it possible, and if so, how do I do it?
You can use classic shell to do this. There's an option in there that will allow you to make the taskbar transparent to whatever level you want.
- Download and install Classic Shell (above link)
- Open 'Classic Start Menu Settings'
- Check the box labeled 'Show all settings'
- Click on the tab labeled 'Taskbar'
- Set a color and opacity
Note: you may want to remove some of the things Classic Shell does by default - doing so shouldn't be too difficult, just look around the settings.
Here are two ways to modify the registry to make the taskbar more transparent:
- Click on the Start Menu and type
regeditand hit Enter
- Navigate to the following key:
- Right-click on the
Advancedsubkey in the left window pane
- Go down to New and select
DWORD (32-bit) Value
- Name the new value
- Now double-click on the value you just renamed
- In the new window enter 1 in the Value Data field
- Click OK and then reboot your PC
If you don't feel like doing it manually through the registry, you can use a Taskbar Transparency Hack (
.reg file) from howtogeek.com that does the exact same thing descrived above but this way you just have to double-click the .reg file contained in the zip download and it will import the key automatically. You will need to reboot after doing this method as well.
I use StartIsBack++ to have more control over the taskbar. In the StartIsBack++ options you can make Taskbar transparent and add blur
to it like in Windows 7