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Change taskbar opacity

  1. #1


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    Change taskbar opacity


    Hello,

    Let's get straight to my question: Is it possible to change the opacity of the taskbar? I just think it's weird that it looks different than the window borders. Please help

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  2. #2


    Orbiting the Moon
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    Windows 10 x64


    The only thing I know for the moment is that the taskbar transparency can be disabled by using AeroLite instead of Aero.
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  3. #3


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    Win 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    Win 8 doesn't have Aero. Just the taskbar is transparent.
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  4. #4


    Orbiting the Moon
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    Windows 10 x64


    My point is already proven.

    I use AeroLite to DISABLE the taskbar transparency.
    I also found it weird that it looks different than the window borders so this is a quick fix.
    But no way to have other opacity settings because they removed it from the GUI.

    Win 8 doesn't have Aero. Just the taskbar is transparent.
    Do you know what AeroLite is?
    It's the theme not used by default by our Win8 system.
    You have to add it manually to a theme to see the difference.
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  5. #5


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    Win 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    Care to give me a link or something?
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  6. #6


    Orbiting the Moon
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    Kein Problem.

    The theme is included in windows and you just have to follow the next steps in order to use it.

    1.First you go and apply a theme you like from your list
    example:
    Click image for larger version
    Select "save theme for sharing" some place you can browse to.

    2.Go the that folder and extract the saved theme package with 7-Zip (maybe some other archivers also work, but this one is certain):
    Click image for larger version

    3.Inside there (the extracted) you see a theme file:
    Click image for larger version
    4.Open or edit it with a Notepad editor:
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    Only thing to do is search for "Aero.msstyles" (1x found) and replace it with "AeroLite.msstyles"
    Save the file.

    5.Double click on the modified theme file and you will get AeroLite enabled.
    Click image for larger version

    Configurations, now you can put any backgrounds to it, change color settings and save new themes based on the new settings.
    The taskbar will not be transparent anymore, just like the window borders.

    Now that you run AeroLite, extra text-color customizations can be applied.

    That's it.

    Hopachi
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  7. #7


    Orbiting the Moon
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    Windows 10 x64


    One of the extra custiomisations is the Title Text on the top window border.

    That comes usually in black.

    An example to change it to white:
    Windows 8 Desktop UI - Change Title Text Color?
    (see my post there for details)
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  8. #8


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    Win 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    Thank you, but I'd still like to know how to change the colors of the taskbar fonts and of the _ [] X buttons etc.
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  9. #9


    Orbiting the Moon
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    Did it worked? Otherwise there's no need for a sequel...

    Quote Originally Posted by RandomUsername View Post
    Thank you, but I'd still like to know how to change the colors of the taskbar fonts and of the _ [] X buttons etc.
    Good question. You just gave me some extra ideas...

    I don't have taskbar fonts. You must be using a "never combine" classic look mode.

    I can give you an answer but it will not be too accurate because I didn't tested all parameters myself.

    The
    _ [] X
    cannot be changed only in High Contrast mode of AeroLite.

    With time, I'll tweak up some good themes I like but for now I can provide you an example (experimental) theme with the window buttons and text in red color. This is based on high contrast mode and looks uglier than AeroLite normal mode.

    Example Preview:
    Click image for larger version
    Too white, I know. But all backgrounds can be changed. (to do that export a modified hi-contrast theme and look into it).
    I want this effect on normal mode but it's not working yet. When you export a normal *.theme and look into it you'll see the difference between that and what I provided here (this uses HiContrastMode 3).

    Without this line, there's no way to change all colors, I'm still a newbie with this theming stuff:
    Code:
    [VisualStyles]
    HighContrast=3
    Still looking in the theme parameters.

    To test it yourself, see attachment.
    I'm done for today.
    The important thing is that it works.

    Sorry for the code stuff, especially if you're unfamiliar with it.
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  10. #10


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    Win 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Hopachi View Post
    This is based on high contrast mode and looks uglier than AeroLite normal mode.
    That's why I don't like high contrast mode. I guess I'll just keep using AeroLite and not bother with changing any font colors.

    Vielen Dank für die Erleuchtung!
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