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?

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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.


  1. Download and install Classic Shell (above link)
  2. Open 'Classic Start Menu Settings'
  3. Check the box labeled 'Show all settings'
  4. Click on the tab labeled 'Taskbar'
  5. 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.

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    Beware, because this one reportedly has been compromised some time ago.(reddit.com/r/pcmasterrace/comments/4vw21h/…, 2016-08).
    – miroxlav
    Dec 30, 2016 at 11:11
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    Ah yeah, don't worry about that anymore I believe it was recently fixed. I'm using it on my PC and had no issues.
    – illage4
    Dec 30, 2016 at 11:13
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    @illage4: That is not a sufficient debunking of a report of being compromised! Dec 30, 2016 at 16:59
  • This is the method I used and it worked great, and also gave me some other things to try out, thus this is the answer I've accepted. Thank you :) Dec 30, 2016 at 22:55
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    @LightnessRacesinOrbit: FossHub, the download mirror of Classic Shell was compromised, not the software itself. Now Classic Shell has switched to mediafire.
    – jingyu9575
    Dec 31, 2016 at 5:53

Here are two ways to modify the registry to make the taskbar more transparent:

Method 1

  1. Click on the Start Menu and type regedit and hit Enter
  2. Navigate to the following key:


  1. Right-click on the Advanced subkey in the left window pane
  2. Go down to New and select DWORD (32-bit) Value
  3. Name the new value UseOLEDTaskbarTransparency
  4. Now double-click on the value you just renamed
  5. In the new window enter 1 in the Value Data field
  6. Click OK and then reboot your PC

Method 2

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.

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    Instead of rebooting, you can also press Win+I and go to Personalisation > Colours and toggle off/on any of the colour settings (this will save into the registry and considers the new value that you created in there).
    – CPHPython
    Dec 30, 2016 at 18:29
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    This is the most useful answer as this does not involve any 3rd party software.. +1 Jan 3, 2017 at 16:33

I use StartIsBack++ to have more control over the taskbar. In the StartIsBack++ options you can make Taskbar transparent and add blur

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to it like in Windows 7

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