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    Turn On or Off Clear Acrylic Taskbar Transparency in Windows 10

    Turn On or Off Clear Acrylic Taskbar Transparency in Windows 10

    Turn On or Off Clear Acrylic Taskbar Transparency in Windows 10
    Published by Category: Customization
    28 Feb 2020
    Designer Media Ltd

    Turn On or Off Clear Acrylic Taskbar Transparency in Windows 10


    Users can turn on or off transparency for the Start, taskbar, and action center for only their account in Windows 10. When users turn on transparency, it will have a blurred effect by default.

    If you like, you can set Windows to have clear transparency for the taskbar instead of blurred when a user turns on transparency for their Start, taskbar, and action center.

    Starting with Windows 10 April 2018 update version 1803, the taskbar has a new blur effect know as acrylic. This will make turning on clear transparency no longer have a clear glass like taskbar, but a somewhat blurred transparent taskbar instead now.

    This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off having clear acrylic taskbar transparency for all users in Windows 10.

    You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to turn on or off clear acrylic taskbar transparency.



    Contents

    • Option One: To Turn On Clear Acrylic Taskbar Transparency
    • Option Two: To Turn Off Clear Acrylic Taskbar Transparency



    EXAMPLE: Clear Acrylic Taskbar Transparency turned on
    Turn On or Off Clear Acrylic Taskbar Transparency in Windows 10-clear_acrylic_taskbar_transparency.jpg






    OPTION ONE

    To Turn On Clear Acrylic Taskbar Transparency


    The downloadable .reg file below will add and modify the DWORDs in the registry keys below.

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced

    UseOLEDTaskbarTransparency DWORD

    1 = acrylic taskbar transparency

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Dwm

    ForceEffectMode DWORD

    1 = acrylic taskbar transparency


    1 Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below.

    Turn_On_clear_acrylic_taskbar_transparency.reg

    Download

    2 Save the .reg file to your desktop.

    3 Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

    4 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

    5 Restart the computer to apply.

    6 You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.






    OPTION TWO

    To Turn Off Clear Acrylic Taskbar Transparency


    This is the default setting.

    The downloadable .reg file below will delete the DWORDs in the registry keys below.

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced

    UseOLEDTaskbarTransparency DWORD

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Dwm

    ForceEffectMode DWORD


    1 Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below.

    Turn_Off_clear_acrylic_taskbar_transparency.reg

    Download

    2 Save the .reg file to your desktop.

    3 Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

    4 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

    5 Restart the computer to apply.

    6 You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


    That's it,
    Shawn






  1. Posts : 135
    Windows 10
       #1

    No longer works with 1803?
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  2. Posts : 69,428
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
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       #2

    Did you sign out/in or restart the computer to apply?

    EDIT: Nope. Just an acrylic taskbar now instead of clear.
    Last edited by Brink; 06 May 2018 at 16:47.
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  3. Posts : 2,979
    Windows 11
       #3

    Is it possible to adjust the amount of transparency in Win 10 1803?

    I see there is some chatter here: Make Taskbar More Transparent In 1803? - Windows 10 Forums
    Last edited by Kol12; 23 May 2018 at 03:46.
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  4. Posts : 69,428
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       #4

    Not that I'm aware of anymore. It's now acrylic instead of clear.
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  5. Posts : 1
    Windows 10 1803 build 17134
       #5

    Since a week or so ago i added the clear transparency reg file for the taskbar. At normal use of my laptop the taskbar is acryllic. But somehow, whenever my laptop goes to power saving mode, the taskbar becomes clear (which i want it to be constantly). Is there an explaination/sollution to this?
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       #6

    Hello tischot, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    Interesting. I'm not sure why yet it would only be clear instead of acryllic when in power saving mode.
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  7. Posts : 11,062
    Windows 10 Pro version 22H2 0n one desktop and running Window 11 Pro 22H2 on unsupported desktop
       #7

    hello Shawn I am trying to get the taskbar to go transparent and have downloaded where it says to download and then hit run > OK then sign out and then in but no transparent taskbar.

    I know I ma probably doing something wrong but I thought this way would make it simpler than editing the registry.
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  8. Posts : 69,428
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       #8

    Hello John,

    You haven't done anything wrong. Since the April Update, the taskbar will can be either solid color or acrylic blurry. I haven't seen a way for it be clear transparent yet.

    If you like, you could auto-hide the taskbar until needed.

    Turn On or Off Auto-hide Taskbar in Desktop Mode in Windows 10 | Windows 10 Tutorials
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  9. Posts : 11,062
    Windows 10 Pro version 22H2 0n one desktop and running Window 11 Pro 22H2 on unsupported desktop
       #9

    Thanks Shawn it isn't that I don't want the taskbar just thought it would be nice transparent

    I saw a YouTube where some fellow actually wrote into the registry (HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE) after opening it right down to Explorer a new folder with a line in 32bit (whatever that means) to turn on transparency that read
    "UseOLEDTaskbarTransparency REG_DWORD 0x00000001 (1)" the 1 being transparency on does that make any sense?

    For reference the video was this WINDOWS 10 TRANSPARENCY (AERO) EFFECT - YouTube
    I am trying to attach a pic but just recently that isn't working properly I hope I haven't made things a little muddled

    Turn On or Off Clear Acrylic Taskbar Transparency in Windows 10-oled.png
    Last edited by Brink; 03 Nov 2018 at 21:31. Reason: attached your uploaded items
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