Opaque Taskbar for Windows 8 and Windows 10

Most annoying thing in Windows 8's appearance, beside Metro and Charms Bar of Desktop, is transparent Taskbar. It does not fit the opaque window frames and looks ugly.
I decide to fix it.
Last night my friend Tihiy, the author of StartIsBack solution, has shared with me the way to disable tasbkar transparency via DWM API. So I have created Opaque Taskbar for Windows 8.

Latest version is 2.6, see the change log below.
With v2.5 I decide to provide x64 version, for those who have removed x86 .NET components in x64 OS.
With help of this simple and lightweight application you will be able to make your taskbar Opaque in any time you want it. Also it can optionally run in the background or it can run once and then exit without taking memory. You can close it after you have disabled the transparency.
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.

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.


Command line arguments


opaquetaskbar.exe /apply

Make the taskbar opaque and exit.
opaquetaskbar.exe /resident

Run in the tray icon mode as described above.
opaquetaskbar.exe /resident /notray

The Opaque Taskbar will run in the resident mode, but will not show even tray icon.

Change log


v2.6
Added new command line option "/notray". It should be used with /resident as follows:
opaquetaskbar.exe /resident /notray

This will prevent Opaque Taskbar from creating the tray icon. Use Task manager to kill the app.
v2.5
The application was slightly improved. 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.


v2.0
The new command line option: opaquetaskbar.exe /resident 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. 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.

v1.1.0.1
I have resolved dual display issues and improved the code.

v.1.1
A minor bug with check box state is also fixed. Please update as soon as possible.

v1.0
Initial release


Opaque Taskbar for Windows 8 in action




Opaque Taskbar for Windows 8 has special option to run at Windows startup. Please note that Windows 8 uses delayed start for desktop apps, so your Taskbar will become opaque with some delay. This is not a big price for portable lightweight software, isn't it?

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.

Download: Opaque Taskbar for Windows 8 and Windows 10

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Comments
DoNotBuyWindows8 | 07 Jan 13
Guest



#the way to disable tasbkar transparency via DWM API

And what is way? How is this done?

Anonymous | 07 Jan 13
Guest


Nice, but only seems to work on primary monitor ?

Taskbar on secondary monitor(s) seems to still be transparent - whatever order I use to enable / connect secondary monitor and change the transparency.

Sergey | 08 Jan 13
Comments: 485


I know. I am sorry
I will fix that bug tomorrow, I am unable to access sources right now.

Jose_49 | 08 Jan 13
Guest


Haha! Nice. I knew it was coming from this site when I saw this on Neowin. Keep up the amazing job!

xpclient | 08 Jan 13
Guest


Fixed now supports multiple displays.

guest | 11 Jan 13
Guest


Very nice thanks! Perfect. The see-through effect drove me nuts.

Tim | 11 Jan 13
Guest


Would not use this until I know what it is actually doing... ie. is it changing DLLs? Or is it just a registry hack?

Sergey | 12 Jan 13
Comments: 485


Tim, no and no
it does the following: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/aa969508%28v=vs.85%29.aspx

Anonymous | 14 Jan 13
Guest


make it work with the taskbar on the top?

Sergey | 14 Jan 13
Comments: 485


but already it works regardless of taskbar position

Anonymous | 19 Jan 13
Guest


Nice, but can you match the color to the window border color?

Guest | 19 Jan 13
Guest


Yes, please add the option to change the color of the taskbar as well ... Thanks!

compujosh | 20 Jan 13
Guest


I've been using this for about two days, and AVG picked it up as infected (personal identity threat I think). Currently working on redownloading it and trying again.

Anonymous | 05 Feb 13
Guest


Download doesn't work, invalid zip file. Please fix it.

Sergey | 05 Feb 13
Comments: 485


Works fine here, opened with Explorer's internal Comressed folder feature.
Try now.

Bruno Rotondi | 20 Feb 13
Guest


Great! Thanks

Shane | 12 Mar 13
Guest


I like this software, but I would also REALLY like to make my taskbar pure glass without blur the way I could in Windows 7. Is that anything you might be working on in the future? I like it either opaque or transparent, nothing in between.

Great work here, though, and I love your various software!

doknir | 13 Mar 13
Guest


Thanks for the update!
Is is possible to disable checking for updates?

Sergey | 13 Mar 13
Comments: 485


I will implement this option
But... any reason to disable checking for updates?

doknir | 14 Mar 13
Guest


No problem with me! But I installed your software on friend's new W8 laptop (his wish was to make it more like W7/XP) and now he is asking me what is going on ...
In some cases this 'new update' dialog is not suitable. Maybe just a tray icon ...

Sergey | 14 Mar 13
Comments: 485


In some cases this 'new update' dialog is not suitable. Maybe just a tray icon ...

Hey, this is really good idea!

doknir | 15 Mar 13
Guest


Yes, it would be similar like Java or Adobe Reader updater. But please still add an option to disable updates (currently I block it using firewall) ...

Bloodcore | 18 Mar 13
Guest


Hello!
Am I the only one having problems with 2.0?

It seems that the OpaqueTaskbar automaticly disables itself after a while now..
This never happened in the previous version.

jRev | 22 Mar 13
Guest


Is there any way to disable the popup reminder during startup that a new version is available? I already have 2.0 and it still keeps bugging me!

Thanks.

Sergey | 22 Mar 13
Comments: 485


This is not possible.
You have the old version somewhere else, e.g. in startup folder.
Remove app from the startup/registry, then use version 2.
I will add an option to disable update check soon.

jRev | 22 Mar 13
Guest


Successfully disabled it through the startup tab in Task Manager. Thanks!

projayjay | 23 Mar 13
Guest


Is there any way for the client to automatically download the updates? It is so annoying for me to go to the website every two weeks to get a new version

Sergey | 23 Mar 13
Comments: 485


It is possible. Added in my "TODO".

seanhawk | 29 Mar 13
Guest


Is it possible to make the taskbar and titlebar have different colors? I wanna give the taskbar a dark color and the titlebar a light color, because the taskbar has white text but the titlebar has black text. I want the texts to stand out.

Sergey | 29 Mar 13
Comments: 485


Nope. They both use Aero color

Benke | 11 Apr 13
Guest


I'm unable to download the application. Neither Firefox or Internet Explorer can get it. I only get an empty file.

Benke | 12 Apr 13
Guest


It works now! Thanks!

melfisch | 21 Jul 13
Guest


Thank goodness! That kind of effort is worth a donation, for sure.

Trigger | 17 Aug 13
Guest


Bug report: the application still fails to make the taskbar transparent on dual monitor systems when you use Winkey+P to change the projection mode. Try setting it to PC Screen only and then back to Extend and you get an opaque taskbar on the first screen and a transparent taskbar on the second.
Is there anyway to make the app recognize when display settings are changed or is another fix available?

Anon | 23 Sep 13
Guest


Whenever I disable transparency, Windows Explorer no longer auto-updates when I move a file. I have to manually refresh to see files in their new locations.

photoslave | 21 Oct 13
Guest


Does Opaque Taskbar still work ok with Windows 8.1? Thanks!

photoslave | 22 Oct 13
Guest


I tried it with Windows 8.1. So far, it is working well.

Anonymous | 23 Oct 13
Guest


I tried to install this and I keep getting the error message ''Failed to Install''.

I'm running Firefox 24.0 on Windows 8.

Please help!

Anonymous | 23 Oct 13
Guest


Update: error message actually reads: ''Unable to initialise installer GUI''

Sergey | 23 Oct 13
Comments: 485


Opaque Taskbar has no installer. It is portable app.

David | 05 Dec 13
Guest


Fantastic app - thanks! I found that the command-line option for OpaqueTaskbar.exe to disable transparency and exit is
/apply
.

Lewis | 22 Dec 13
Guest


Hello !

I have a 64 Bit Version of Windows 8.1 Pro and have downloaded OpaqueTaskbar
and it is great ! however i've had an issue with it.
Something i have noticed is that what if i want this to disable transparency at startup and luckily there is an option for it however it doesn't work :(
when i turned on my computer this morning and logged in it still had transparency. i have used x64 and x32 bit versions and same result. please help !

Alex | 28 Dec 13
Guest


whether the program causes harm to the system

Sergey | 29 Dec 13
Comments: 485


No, program is safe for your OS.

Seth | 31 Dec 13
Guest


How about a quick tutorial on the startup options, how it functions and make it persistent across boots transparently etc? Some documentation/short info would be helpful. Thanks

Sukhoi | 07 Feb 14
Guest


Does not work on Windows 8.1 x64 single language.

stimulatOr | 21 Feb 14
Guest


Taskbar color doesn't match window color, it's a tad darker. Start8 provides such a function. Can you provide/fix that?

Thanks

Sergey | 23 Feb 14
Comments: 485


I not sure.

wleih | 23 Feb 14
Guest


Thanks a ton!!

Yay | 19 Apr 14
Guest


Thank you! Works perfectly! No problems, no bugs. Thank you

Bunny | 22 Apr 14
Guest


Exactly what I wanted -- a simple way to turn off the transparency. Thank you so much, Sergey!

nicola.farina | 23 Apr 14
Guest


Awesome! A really missing feature for Windows taskbar customization window.

Gontie | 06 May 14
Guest


Hello, is there any way to improve that ? I am looking for a way to have the same transparency that in WIndows 7

Thanks.

Dexter | 05 Jun 14
Guest


Please explain how to install/load wincty and/or opaquetaskbar.
Does one have to create a registry key under Run that says "wincty.exe /resident" or what?

Dexter | 08 Jun 14
Guest


So I added the following string to the Run key but there is still a delay in applying Taskbar opacity at startup?
"OpaqueTaskbar"="\"C:\\Program Files\\Winaero\\OpaqueTaskbar\\Native app\\Wintcy.exe\" /resident"

Climax | 09 Jun 14
Guest


Great !

ShattixX | 19 Jun 14
Guest


Hey guys.

I have a problem after my PC was frozen..
I click on the Wintcy.exe but nothing happens..

There is no process in the task manager.
What can i do?

Hope you can help me.
ShattixX

KaynEKH | 27 Jun 14
Guest


Hi everyone!

I've a probleme with opaquetaskbar. When i disable transparency, it works fine. But just for a few seconds... After maybe 3 or 4 secs, transparency's back. I don't understand why it can't stay active...

An idea?

Thanks!


Guest | 07 Jul 14
Guest


I can't get this to work in windows 8.1.

Anonymous | 07 Oct 14
Guest


When I connect two monitors, the one side comes back to transparent.
opaque feature only works on one monitor. I have to turn the program off and on again to make both sides opaque.

Shirou | 18 Oct 14
Guest


Can you fix it? it doesn't work how it intends to anymore... when you manually disable the transparency, It works, BUT when you enable startup, it doesn't disable transparency at startup anymore, It doesn't even start at startup at all :/

Guest | 12 Nov 14
Guest


The program works fine but being prompted to download an update on startup with no option to permanently hide the message is very annoying.

Anonymous | 24 Nov 14
Guest


No matter what i do, it won't disable transparency on startup. Help?

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