How to set Windows 10 Taskbar transparency level?

In recent Windows 10 builds there is no option to allow user to set up the transparency level of the system elements. Most likely, this feature will be implemented in new versions of OS (Project NEON), but that won’t happen in the nearest future. But the user is able to configure the Taskbar transparency even in Windows 10 1607 and 1703 builds, and in this article we will show how to do this.

How to set the Taskbar transparency level in Windows 10?

Windows 10 developers gave users the ability to activate the transparency of Taskbar using the system settings.

  1. Go to Settings –> Personalization –> Colors.
  2. Switch on Make Start, taskbar, and action center transparent.
    taskbar transparent windows 10

You can see the level of Taskbar transparency on the screenshot bellow:

taskbar transparency windows 10

Tip. To disable the Taskbar transparency in Windows 10 you need switch off Make Start, taskbar, and action center transparent in the Colors settings section.

How to increase the transparency of the Windows 10 Taskbar?

Microsoft allowed users to set the level of the Taskbar transparency by implementing changes to registry.

  1. Make sure, that you switched on the transparency of the Taskbar in the system settings.
  2. Press Win+R.
  3. Type in regedit and press Enter.
  4. Go to branch:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced
  5. Right click on the right part of the Registry editor, choose New, then DWORD (32-bit) Value.
    taskbar transparent registry dword
  6. Give a name for the new key UseOLEDTaskbarTransparency.
  7. Double click on the new key and set its value to 1.
    taskbar transparent oled registry
  8. Right click on the empty area of the Taskbar and run Task manager.
    taskbar transparency task manager
  9. Find the Windows Explorer in the list of processes and restart it to see the changes.
    task manager explorer
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Right after that, check if the Taskbar transparency level changed.

Tip. If you want to undo the changes, you need to delete the key UseOLEDTaskbarTransparency (right click on it and press Delete).

How to set the transparency of Alt+Tab task switcher window?

By default, the Alt+Tab task switcher window transparency level can’t be configured. But there is a key in registry which is responsible for this.

  1. Press Win+R.
  2. Type in regedit and press Enter.
  3. Go to branch:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer
  4. Right click on the Explorer folder.
  5. Choose New, then Key.
    registry editor new key
  6. Give the name MultitaskingView for the new key.
  7. Right click on the created folder MultitaskingView, choose New, then Key.
    registry editor multitasking view
  8. Give a name to the new folder AltTabViewHost.
  9. Go to this folder.
  10. Right click on the right area of the Registry editor, choose New, then DWORD (32-bit) Value.
    registry editor alttab viewhost
  11. Give a name for the new key Grid_backgroundPercent.
  12. Double click on it, choose Decimal base and set key value from 0 to 100. This value will be setting the transparency of the Alt+Tab task switcher window using percent (0% – fully transparent, 100% – no transparency).
    registry editor grid background
  13. Right click on the free area of the Taskbar and run Task manger.
  14. Find the Windows Explorer in the list of processes and restart it to see the changes.

Tip. In case you want to undo all the changes, you need to delete folder MultitaskingView (right click on it and press Delete).

That’s all! With the help of the instructions above, you can get more options to personalize the look of Windows 10 in the way you like!

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