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#1 Sergey "hb860"

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 10:00

With help of Tihiy (the author of StartIsBack) I have figured out how to make opaque taskbar in Windows 8. I have created a lightweight application which does that thing.
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As you can see, with Opaque Taskbar for Windows 8 you will be able:
  • to disable taskbar transparency
  • to restore the transparency back
  • to make Taskbar opaque after Windows startup.
THis is how it looks:
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Opaque Taskbar for Windows 8 is free, portable application and does not require to be installed. It is compatible with Windows 8 x86 and Windows 8 x64.

Donwload Opaque Taskbar for Windows 8


#2 Pam14160

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 10:23

Up and running and no problems at this time. Thanks for app. . .looking good.

#3 ramzorz

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 10:37

Great tip for people that want to get a slightly better video experience with Windows 8 on older machines. :)

#4 UXGaurav

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 08:39

Support multiple monitors too.

#5 McKay

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 09:16

Im liking it, however is it possible to get the colours to match? It's only a minor annoyance but they're different.


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#6 PUC_Snakeman

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 16:53

Thank you for creating this tool!

#7 +Obi-Wan Kenobi

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 17:37

Awesome! Thanks a million! :)

#8 OP Sergey "hb860"

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 19:47

Im liking it, however is it possible to get the colours to match? It's only a minor annoyance but they're different.


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I still not figured out how to make them similar

#9 OP Sergey "hb860"

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 20:38

Version 2.0 is out

Since version 2.0 the new command line option is available:

opaquetaskbar.exe /resident

It allows you to keep Taskbar opaque even if theme or Aero color was changed.
In resident mode Opaque Taskbar for Windows 8 will stay in memory and will show a tray icon with context menu.
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Use that menu or just double click on the tray icon to toggle the transparency.
Also, "startup" checkbox will ask you if you want to keep the application in memory after startup.
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I am sure that you will like this changes. It was very annoying when you changed the window color and taskbar became transparent back. So, fixed :)

Download Opaque Taskbar

#10 Luke777

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 21:10

Great, now we can have an even uglier UI on the desktop.

#11 OP Sergey "hb860"

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 11:33

Transparent Taskbar looks more ugly for me.
It does not fit with opaque window frames.

#12 +Nik L

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 11:42

Great, now we can have an even uglier UI on the desktop.

Troll! Now you can choose!

#13 OP Sergey "hb860"

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Posted 23 March 2013 - 14:16

Opaque Taskbar v2.5 is available. The application was slightly improved.
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New features are following:
  • Taskbar will become opaque even you will restart Explorer (The resident mode of Opaque Taskbar is required).
  • Tray icon stays visible even you will restart Explorer (The resident mode of Opaque Taskbar is required).
  • Taskbar will become opaque even you will move it to the another side of screen (The resident mode of Opaque Taskbar is required).
  • Added the "Disable Updates Check" option according to users requests.
[ Download link ]

#14 OP Sergey "hb860"

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Posted 22 April 2013 - 18:08

In case your are interested, x64 version is available. Some user requested it.
Link is the same, in the post above.

#15 Steven P.

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Posted 12 July 2013 - 11:16

Cheers for this.. works on 8.1 too. With lighter wallpapers the transparency is annoying.