Windows 8 and 8.1 Forums


Taskbar Transparency - Disable using Aero Lite Theme

  1. #1
    Taskbar Transparency - Disable using Aero Lite Theme

    Taskbar Transparency - Disable using Aero Lite Theme
    How to Disable Taskbar Transparency using Aero Lite Theme in Windows 8 and 8.1
    Published by Brink is offline
    06 Dec 2013
    Default Taskbar Transparency - Disable using Aero Lite Theme

    Published by


    Brink's Avatar
    Administrator

    Join Date: Jul 2009
    Posts: 20,274

    How to Disable Taskbar Transparency using Aero Lite Theme in Windows 8 and 8.1


    information   Information
    In Windows 8, the taskbar on your desktop is transparent by default while Window borders use a solid color now.

    This tutorial will show you how to disable taskbar transparency by using a customizable Aero Lite theme for only your account or all users in Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 8.1, and Windows RT 8.1.


    EXAMPLE: Aero Lite theme in Windows 8
    NOTE: Notice that the taskbar is no longer transparent, and uses a solid color now that you can change.

    Click image for larger version



    Here's How:

    1. Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .zip file below.

    Aero_Lite_Theme.zip

    download


    2. Save the .zip file to your desktop.

    3. Open the .zip file and extract (drag and drop) the aerolite.theme file to your desktop.

    Note   Note
    This aerolite.theme file is only the default "C:\Windows\Resources\Themes\aero.theme" file already included in Windows 8 that has been edited to use the aerolite.msstyles file instead of aero.msstyles file that are also both included in Windows by default.

    I just provided an already edited copy of this .theme file for you to download and use instead of you having to do all the work yourself to make it easier without having to use any 3rd party programs.


    4. Unblock the extracted aerolite.theme file, and do step 5 or 6 below for what you would like to do. (see screenshot below)

    Name:  Unblock.jpg
Views: 17855
Size:  67.9 KB

    5. To Make Aero Lite Theme Available Only for your Account

    A) Click/tap on the unblocked aerolite.theme file to add and use it as your theme, and then go to step 7 below.

    NOTE: This will also save a copy of the aerolite.theme file in your hidden "C:\Users\(user-name)\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Themes" My Themes folder.

    Click image for larger version

    Click image for larger version

    6. To Make Aero Lite Theme Available for All User Accounts on PC
    NOTE: You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to do this step.

    A) Save the unblocked aerolite.theme file into the C:\Windows\Resources\Themes folder. (see screenshot below)

    Click image for larger version

    B) If prompted, click/tap on Continue to approve copying the file.

    C) Change your theme to the new Aero Lite theme under Installed Themes, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

    Click image for larger version

    7. If you like, you can now customize this default Aero Lite theme to how you want it just like you would with any other theme.


    8. When finished, save this customized theme so that you will not lose your changes. (see example below)
    NOTE: Notice how the taskbar is still a solid color of your choice and no longer transparent even after you customized the Aero Lite theme.

    Click image for larger version




    Tip   Tip
    To enable taskbar transparency again:

    Select to use any theme other than the default or your custom Aero Lite theme.

    If you like, you could also delete the Aero Lite theme at anytime to remove it.






    That's it,
    Shawn


  2. #1


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,198
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Another way:

    Click image for larger version

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  3. #2


    Posts : 20,274
    64-bit Windows 10 build 10158


    Hey David. Thank you for the addition.

    Yep, this tutorial was just a way to do so without having to install a program.
    Last edited by Brink; 08 Dec 2013 at 19:46. Reason: addition
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  4. #3


    Posts : 25
    Windows 8.1.1


    Searching for a way to make the Taskbar a solid colour and came across this thread. I have now used the Aero Lite theme, which does the trick. Thanks. A problem is that I like a black Taskbar and the theme gives black text for the clock, hence the clock is invisible. Can the clock text be made white?
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


  5. #4


    Posts : 20,274
    64-bit Windows 10 build 10158


    Hello Mart,

    I'm afraid that I don't know about that. You might post a new thread for that in the Customization forum area to see someone may know how.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  6. #5


    Posts : 10
    Windows 8.1


    Thanks for the tutorial. I have never liked the transparent taskbar in 8. This makes me system look that much closer to whatit did with 7
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

Taskbar Transparency - Disable using Aero Lite Theme

Similar Threads
Tutorial Forum
Taskbar transparency
How can I stop the taskbar from being translucent? At the moment, the taskbar changes hue when I change the background picture, and it is slightly translucent, i.e. background picture features show through the taskbar a bit. I want the taskbar to be a solid, nontranslucent, nonchanging colour, but...
Customization
Aero Lite Taskbar
After following the tutorial published by Brink as regards disabling the Taskbar transparency, I now have a solid Taskbar colour using the Aero Lite theme. It does the trick (thanks). A problem is that I like a black Taskbar and the theme gives black text for the clock, hence the clock is...
Customization
how to disable transparency
I have Windows 8.1 and when I'm on the desktop it has that Windows transparency which I don't like. Is there a way to disable it?
Customization
Change Aero Lite border colors
Hello, I'm using Aero Lite and I noticed that the windows and the taskbar have grey borders. Is it possible to change the colors of these? Any help would be appreciated :)
Customization
How to Enable Hidden “Aero Lite” Theme in Windows 8 RTM?
Source A Guy
Customization
Aero Transparency on Windows 8 Pro....
I am using windows 8 pro and I want the transparency looked like in Vista and 7. How can I get it???' Thanks.
Customization
First Windows 8 M3 screenshots of Aero Lite UI
Source: First Windows 8 M3 screenshots of Aero Lite UI | Windows 8 Center
Windows 8 News

Eight Forums Android App Eight Forums IOS App Follow us on Facebook