Taskbar Personalization

How to make taskbar totally transparent on Windows 10

This nifty tool makes the taskbar 100 percent transparent (or blurrier) on Windows 10.

Windows 10 taskbar transparency using TranslucentTB

On Windows 10, you get a lot options to customize the taskbar. You can control which items appear in the notification area, disable badges for apps, set it to auto hide, and more. However, even though to enable transparency, you can’t make the taskbar completely transparent or use blur to make it look like frosted glass.

Fortunately, there are third-party tools, such as TranslucentTB, which you can use to make your taskbar totally transparent or make it look like a frosted glass.

In this guide, you’ll learn the steps to make the taskbar on Windows 10 transparent.

How to make taskbar transparent

Warning: You’ll be using a third-party application. While the app has been tested and it works correctly, make sure to understand that using third-party tools can sometime cause problems. Use it at your own risk. You’ve been warned.
  1. Download TrasnlucentTB from GitHub (click the TranslucentTB.xxxx.x.zip file).

  2. Double-click the zip file, select and extract all the files to the location you want to store them.

  3. Right-click the TranslucentTB.exe file and click on Create shortcut.

  4. Use the Windows key + R command to open the Run command.

  5. Type shell:startup and click OK.

  6. Copy the newly created shortcut to the Startup folder to start the tool every time you sign in to Windows 10.

  7. Double-click the shortcut to launch TrasnlucentTB to complete the task.

Once you completed the steps, every time you reboot your system, TranslucentTB will launch automatically and remember your settings.

The default option is Blur, but if you’re looking to make taskbar transparent, you can right-click the tool’s icon in the notification area, a select the Clear option.

Windows 10 taskbar blur
Windows 10 taskbar blur
Windows 10 taskbar 100% transparent
Windows 10 taskbar 100% transparent

Unfortunately, Translucent won’t make Cortana clear, but you can always right-click the taskbar, select Cortana, and choose to either show only an icon or hide Cortana completely.

It should be noted that some antivirus may flag this tool as a malware, when it’s not, but if you’re skeptical, you shouldn’t use it.