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 2.5, 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:
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.
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.
v220.127.116.11 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.
Works fine here, opened with Explorer's internal Comressed folder feature. Try now.
Bruno Rotondi|20 Feb
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!
Thanks for the update! Is is possible to disable checking for updates?
I will implement this option But... any reason to disable checking for updates?
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 ...
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.