Windows 11 is leaps ahead in terms of design and performance than its predecessors. The operating system now allows for more customization than ever. And even though transparency has been a part of OS since Windows 7, it is much more refined in the latest iteration.
However, even after so many iterations of the operating system, it only allows you to make the Taskbar translucent and not completely transparent. But Windows users are always looking for methods to make their Taskbar transparent. Are you listening, Microsoft?
Fortunately, there are ways around it. If you do not like an opaque Taskbar, there are more than one ways to make it transparent on your computer. For your ease of convenience, we have discussed them all here in this guide.
1. Change Windows Settings
The most basic and straightforward method to make your Taskbar translucent is to tweak the settings.
First, head to the Start Menu and click the 'Settings' icon.
After that, click on the 'Personalization' tab from the left sidebar to proceed.
Next, click on the 'Colors' tile from the right section to continue.
After that, turn on the toggle for the 'Transparency Effects' tile. You should be able to see the transparent effect on Taskbar right away.
The transparency effects might not be evident when a light theme is selected. You might have to switch to a dark theme to enjoy the effect completely.
2. Tweak Registry Settings
If, for some reason, you are not able to enable the setting from the 'Personalization' tab, you can head to the Registry Editor and tweak a registry file on your system.
First, head to the Start Menu and type Registry Editor. Then, from the search results, click on the 'Registry Editor' tile.
After that, type or copy+paste the below-mentioned address in the address bar and hit Enter to navigate.
Next, double-click on the 'ForceEffectMode' DWORD file to change its properties. This will open a new window on your screen.
If no such file exists, right-click in the right section of the window and hover over the 'New' option. Then, select the 'DWORD' option. Finally, rename the file to
ForceEffectMode and double-click on it.
On the properties window, change the 'Value' field to
1 and click on 'OK' to save changes.
3. Use a Third-Party App
If you are uncomfortable tweaking a registry file or wish to make the Taskbar completely transparent, you can use a reliable third-party app. We will be showcasing the process using 'TranslucentTB'; however, there are many more options like Microsoft TaskbarX, TaskbarTools, and Classic Shell.
First, head to the Start Menu and click on the 'Microsoft Store' icon. If you do not have that pinned on the Start Menu, type 'Store' to perform a search for it.
After that, type 'TranslucentTB' in the search bar and hit Enter to perform a search.
Then, click on the 'TranslucentTB' tile from the search results to proceed.
Next, click on the 'Get' tile to download and install the app on your computer.
Once installed, click the 'Open' button to launch 'TranslucentTB'.
On the 'TranslucentTB' screen, click on the 'Continue' button. Once initiated, you will be able to see the tray icon for it on the Taskbar.
Afterward, head to the Taskbar and right-click on the 'TranslucentTB' tray icon.
From the overflow menu, hover over the 'Desktop' option and select the 'Clear' option from the sub-menu.
And that's it. You should now have a completely transparent Taskbar on your system.
There you go, people. Using the aforementioned methods, you can make your Taskbar transparent and enhance the user experience while using your Windows 11 system.