How to Disable Taskbar Transparency Effects in Windows 10

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It’s not the Aero Glass of Windows Vista, but the transparency effects of Windows 10 are certainly not for everyone. Transparency effects are visible by default in the Start Menu, Taskbar and Action Center, although they can easily be turned off if they’re not your cup of tea.

To Disable Taskbar Transparency in Windows 10

To do this, you need to do the following:

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  • Open the Settings application.
  • Go to Customization -> Colors
  • You can open this page directly. Press the Win + R key combination on your keyboard and enter the following information in the “Run” field
  • ms-Settings:Colours
  • Scroll down the page to the “More Options” section.
  • Uncheck the Transparency Effects option.
registry editor - Another installation is in progress in Windows 10

Editing the Registry

  • Even if you don’t download the registration files, it’s always good to know what has been changed, just in case. Make sure you make a backup copy of the registry first.
  • Open Regedit and create two DWORDs (32-bit value):
    • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced named UseOLEDTaskbarTransparency
    • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Dwm called ForceEffectMode.
  • Double-click on each new DWORD and change the data value from 1 to Enable and 2 to Disable.
  • Right-click and delete both DWORDS later if you change your mind.


It’s a good thing that Microsoft decided to implement a native method to disable taskbar transparency in Windows 10. It has been well received by many users. Tell us in the comments which taskbar you prefer – transparent or opaque?

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