How to make the Windows 10 taskbar more or fully transparent

This tutorial will show you step by step how to make your Windows 10 taskbar more or fully transparent (clear).

On this page, you'll find two methods for making the taskbar completely transparent and one method for making the taskbar more transparent.

How to make your Windows 10 taskbar fully transparent (first method)

In the first method, we'll be using a free, lightweight, and open source program called TranslucentTB.

1. Download TranslucentTB.

Download TranslucentTB

You can also find TranslucentTB in the Microsoft Store.

TranslucentTB in the Microsoft Store in Windows 10

2. Install it on your PC.

3. Open TranslucentTB.

Open TranslucentTB in Windows 10

Your Windows 10 taskbar will immediately become completely transparent (clear).

You'll find an icon for the program in the system tray. If you want to change a few settings or close the program, you right-click on the icon in the system tray.

TranslucentTB system tray icon

If you want to let TranslucentTB start when Windows starts, you right-click on its icon in the system tray, and then click on Open at boot.

Make TranslucentTB start with Windows 10

If the taskbar doesn't stay transparent when you open the start menu, then right-click on the TranslucentTB icon in the system tray > Start Menu opened > Clear.

TranslucentTB make taskbar stay transparent when opening the start menu

If you only want to make the taskbar more transparent and not fully transparent, then follow the steps of the third method on this page.

How to make your Windows 10 taskbar fully transparent (second method)

In the second method, we'll be using a free program called Ashampoo Taskbar Customizer.

It's a simple program that allows you to make your taskbar completely transparent, customize opacity, and change the color of your taskbar, easily and quickly.

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1. Download Ashampoo Taskbar Customizer.

Download Ashampoo Taskbar Customizer

2. Install it on your PC.

3. Open Ashampoo Taskbar Customizer.

Open Ashampoo Taskbar Customizer

Your Windows 10 taskbar will immediately become completely transparent (clear).

You'll find an icon for the program in the system tray. If you want to change a few settings or close the program, you right-click on the icon in the system tray.

Ashampoo Taskbar Customizer system tray icon

If you want to let Ashampoo Taskbar Customizer start when Windows starts, you right-click on its icon in the system tray, and then click on Start with Windows.

Make Ashampoo Taskbar Customizer start with Windows 10

If you only want to make the taskbar more transparent and not fully transparent, then follow the steps of the third method on this page.



How to make your Windows 10 taskbar more transparent

The steps below will show you how to make the Windows 10 taskbar more transparent than you get with the default Transparency effects setting in Windows 10.

With this method, we'll be using the Windows Registry Editor.

Warning! Serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly by using Registry Editor. However, if you follow the steps below exactly, then nothing bad will happen. Modify the registry at your own risk.

1. Right-click on the start menu button.

2. Click on Run.

Open a Run window in Windows 10

You can also press the [Windows] + [R] keys on your keyboard to open a “Run” window.

3. Type regedit.

4. Click on OK or press the [Enter] key.

Open the Registry editor in Windows 10

5. If a “User Account Control” window appears, click Yes.

6. Go to the following location: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SOFTWARE > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > Explorer > Advanced.

Windows Registry path HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SOFTWARE/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Explorer/Advanced

7. Click on Advanced.

8. In the right section, you right-click on an empty space > New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.

Create a new DWORD (32-bit) Value in Windows Registry Editor

9. Type UseOLEDTaskbarTransparency.

10. Press [Enter].

Create UseOLEDTaskbarTransparency key in Windows Registry

11. Double-click on the newly created UseOLEDTaskbarTransparency key.

12. Change the value to 1.

13. Click on OK.

Make Windows 10 taskbar more transparent

14. Close the Registry Editor window.

15. Right-click on the desktop and then click on Personalize.

Open personalization settings in Windows 10

You can also open settings and then click on Personalization.

16. In the left menu, you click on Colors.

Open the colors settings in Windows 10

17. Scroll down and then turn the Transparency effects option off and then back on.

Windows 10 Transparency effects setting

Your Windows 10 taskbar should now be more transparent than with the default Transparency effects setting.



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