The Windows 10 taskbar is , by default, slightly transparent and tinted with a color you choose . If you know where to look and you can even increase its transparency with a registry hack. But you cannot make the taskbar completely transparent, so that only your icons appear on your background.year.
Unless you install TranslucentTB - a free, lightweight, open source application that lets you define quickly your taskbar so that it is completely transparent. It is also capable of blurring your taskbar and even coloring it with the color you want.
How to install and use TranslucentTB
To get started, download the latest version . TranslucentTB comes in a ZIP file, so unzip it and place the EXE wherever you want.
We recommend that you store the application somewhere in your user directory, but the root directory of your C drive is also a decent choice. Wherever you place the app, go ahead and launch it. You will see the effects immediately because the taskbar becomes blurred.
You will find an icon for it in your system tray, which offers two main options: blur or clear.
The transparent option is good if you want to see all of your background. flor is nice if you want the taskbar to be separate, but also that the colors are consistent with what is at the bottom of the image.
How to start TranslucentTB at startup
You like the look, but you want it to start when you start Windows? It's easy. First, press the Windows key and R to launch the Run command.
Type shell: startup and press Enter. A File Explorer window will open on the startup folder. Drag your TranslucentTB executable to this folder with the right mouse button.
When you let go, you will be asked what you would like to do. Select "Create shortcuts here ".
You have now created a shortcut to your executable in the startup folder, which means that the application will launch at start-up.
Accessing some additional options
If you want TranslucentTB to start transparent, instead of blurred, we need to know more about the command prompt options available. They are well presented here , but here is a brief summary.
- --blur blurs the taskbar, which is also the default .
- --opaque makes the taskbar a solid single color (no transparency.) By default, the color is black, but you can change it using --tint.
- --transparent makes the taskbar transparent. With --tint, you can add a slight reflection of color.
- --tint allows you to select a color that works with the - opaque option or transparent (does not work with --blur.) You will need the hexadecimal code for the color you want; this site makes it easier to find this number.
Simply choose the six-digit code for the desired color, removing the " # " from the front.
To test the settings, close TranslucentTB if it is already running. Then open the command prompt and navigate to the folder where you store the application using cd. Then try to run TranslucentTB.exe followed by the desired options. For example, if you want a transparent taskbar, here is the command:
TranslucentTB .exe --transparent
Maybe you, as a friend of mine, really really like theOrange color . If so, try this command:
TranslucentTB.exe --opaque --tint FF8000
You have the idea. If you used the above steps to start TranslucentTB at startup, you can add the options we discovered here this shortcut. Just right-click the shortcut, then click "Properties ".
Now, in the "target " box, we can add our options after the 'executable. Like this:
The program will now go start getting started with your favorite options.