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#1 Konstantine

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 07:29

I've searched the whole interwebz, and I've found nothing. I did find something about registry and Opaque-something, but it didn't work. Any ideas guys?


#2 MikeChipshop

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 08:01

If you go to personalize settings you can set the window colour and transparency.

If you mean 'just the taskbar', then i'm sorry i don;t know.

#3 OP Konstantine

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 08:53

Nope. Either registry or a theme with disabled transparency will save me.

#4 thomastmc

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 09:25

There is no transparency on Window borders or the Taskbar in Windows 8 RTM... If you're using a preview the option controlling opacity is where it was in Windows 7, Personalization/Window Color.

If you're actually wanting to ENABLE transparency on the Taskbar and Window borders in Windows 8 RTM: http://www.intowindo...s-in-windows-8/

#5 Descartes

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 09:33

I'm not sure if this will work on Windows 8, but you can give it a try: http://www.softpedia...exturizer.shtml

#6 Xerax

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 09:53

There is no transparency on Window borders or the Taskbar in Windows 8 RTM... If you're using a preview the option controlling opacity is where it was in Windows 7, Personalization/Window Color.

There is transparency in the Win8 Taskbar... [snipped]

Edited by Denis W, 01 September 2012 - 20:22.


#7 thomastmc

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 12:14

There is transparency in the Win8 Taskbar... Don't talk about something if you don't know what your talking about.


My theme was synced from RP, hadn't changed it. [snipped]

Edited by Denis W, 01 September 2012 - 20:22.


#8 Detection

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 12:24

Yea I don't understand why the taskbar was left transparent, I can't think of any reason you would want it to be, error or purposely left ?

#9 thomastmc

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 12:51

Here's your solution for an opaque Taskbar.

Go to c:\windows\resources\themes\
Copy your .theme file someplace else
Under the key [VisualStyles] change the pointer to Aero.msstyles to point to AeroLite.msstyles
Double click your .theme file

Now your Taskbar is no longer translucent.

This also changes other aspects of the UI though.

#10 Anthonyd

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 12:52

My theme was synced from RP, hadn't changed it. [snipped]

My theme is synced from the RP when transparency was OFF, and the transparency is still here in the taskbar with RTM [snipped]

Edited by Denis W, 01 September 2012 - 20:22.


#11 Subhadip

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 12:54

Yea I don't understand why the taskbar was left transparent, I can't think of any reason you would want it to be, error or purposely left ?


It is explained in the extremely detailed Jensen Harris 'Creating the Windows 8 user experience' post, Building Windows 8 blog.

#12 thomastmc

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 13:02

My theme is synced from the RP when transparency was OFF, and the transparency is still here in the taskbar with RTM [snipped]


[snipped]

Use AeroLite.msstyles, as my synced theme from RP did.

Go to c:\windows\resources\themes\
Copy your .theme file someplace else
Under the key [VisualStyles] change the pointer to Aero.msstyles to point to AeroLite.msstyles
Double click your .theme file

Now your Taskbar is no longer translucent.

Posted Image

Edited by Denis W, 01 September 2012 - 20:23.


#13 Detection

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 13:03

It is explained in the extremely detailed Jensen Harris 'Creating the Windows 8 user experience' post, Building Windows 8 blog.


You mean this extremely detailed explanation ?

"The taskbar continues to blend into the desktop wallpaper"

#14 Shane Nokes

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 13:09

The full quote was this:


We applied the principles of “clean and crisp” when updating window and taskbar chrome. Gone are the glass and reflections. We squared off the edges of windows and the taskbar. We removed all the glows and gradients found on buttons within the chrome. We made the appearance of windows crisper by removing unnecessary shadows and transparency. The default window chrome is white, creating an airy and premium look. The taskbar continues to blend into the desktop wallpaper, but appears less complicated overall.



Also they said that it was an extremely detailed post (which it is), not an extremely detailed explanation. :p

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 13:39

[snipped]

Use AeroLite.msstyles, as my synced theme from RP did.

Go to c:\windows\resources\themes\
Copy your .theme file someplace else
Under the key [VisualStyles] change the pointer to Aero.msstyles to point to AeroLite.msstyles
Double click your .theme file

Now your Taskbar is no longer translucent.

Posted Image


:o What have you done to windows 8 ?

Edited by Denis W, 01 September 2012 - 20:23.




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