The Taskbar of Windows is always considered as a great feature since it helps users pin important or most used programs, show a search bar, show date/time, and so on. By default, the Taskbar on Windows 10 is colorless. Although Windows 10’s Settings panel comes with few options and there are some Registry tweaks that let you change the color of Taskbar, it is quite difficult to make the Taskbar blurry or transparent. But there are two simple tools called TranslucentTB and TaskbarTools that can help you do this.
Make Taskbar transparent in Windows 10
Regarding the features of TranslucentTB for Windows, this is designed to do a very specific task. For example, it makes the Taskbar completely transparent or blurry. It doesn’t matter what settings you are using on your Windows PC; it will overwrite it as soon as you turn it on. Also, it does support multi-monitors. What that means is it does the job even when you have more than one monitor setup. Besides, you can run this program from the command line too. Moreover, it is also possible to change the appearance right from Taskbar.
To get started with this tool, at download and unzip the zipped folder. Following that, you will get a file called TranslucentTB.exe. Double-Click on it to run. After that, you will find a change as in the following picture.
I am using a black wallpaper so the effect may not be clear – but look at the Start button, and you will see what I mean.
First, it makes the Taskbar “Clear,” according to the tool’s language. In simple words, it makes your Taskbar transparent. However, if you do not want a transparent Taskbar but instead want a blurry Taskbar, you can click on the TranslucentTB icon visible in the system tray, and select Blur.
This will make the Taskbar blurry.
If you like transparent Taskbars and Start Menu, TranslucentTB is the tool you want. Go get it from Github. This version is also available freely on the Microsoft Store.
By downloading it from the Microsoft Store for free, you benefit from background auto-updates for future releases and settings sync between devices at no additional cost.
TaskbarTools is another free portable tool that can make your Taskbar fully transparent and add a blurry effect. You can download it also from Github.
If you wish to do this manually, open Registry Editor and navigate to the following key:
On the left side, create a DWORD, name it UseOLEDTaskbarTransparency and give it a value of 1.
Hope you like your new taskbar look!
- How to remove Transparency and Enable Blur in Start Menu
- How to show Color on Start Menu and Taskbar in Windows 10.