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Windows 7: Transparent taskbar with non-transparent icons. Possible?

12 Jul 2011   #11
drkh

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Jerry (I must be right this time :),

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bongo View Post
When you right click on the desktop and go to personalize which theme are you using?
Is it Windows 7 theme?
No, it's not. But the default theme after my Win7 installation was, of course, the "Window 7" theme. But I did not use it.

I remember that after my Win7 installation, I clicked on "Destop Background" under the theme list box in the "Personalize" dialogue. Then I chose the BMP file of the old Win95 default Clouds wallpaper to be the wallpaper of my Win7 Desktop. Afterwards, in the list box of themes, an "Unsaved theme", with the Clouds shown as the desktop background, appeared in "My Themes" category. That "Unsaved theme" remained there -- until ten minutes ago.

I guessed that a .theme file might be of help for the understanding of the structure of my Desktop. So, ten minutes ago I saved that "Unsaved theme" with a display name of "Win95 Clouds". Consequently, I've got a Win95 Clouds.theme file under %userprofile%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Themes . That file is attached with this post. It contains Traditional Chinese characters (in the Clouds BMP filename) and its encoding is UTF-7 (I did not change the encoding).

The aero.msstyles file you mentioned is attached, too. FYI, I have upgraded to SP1 of Win7 Home Pre x64.

If you are going to help with the modification of my Desktop, I do like to have a transparent "Show Desktop" block on the right end of the Systray.

Below is the screen capture of my Win7 Desktop:

Transparent taskbar with non-transparent icons. Possible?-my_desktop.jpg




Attached Files
File Type: zip aero.msstyles.zip (815.9 KB, 84 views)
File Type: txt Win95 Clouds.theme.txt (3.8 KB, 15 views)
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12 Jul 2011   #12
drkh

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Imperfect1,


I installed and tried Fences again.

I right-clicked on the empty area of the Desktop, chose "Configure Fences", clicked on "Appearance", pulled the transparency slider all the way to the very left end. But nothing happened.
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13 Jul 2011   #13
TBVNZ

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

We've been over this topic extensively in previous post. There are obviously no new developments. This is one of the best solutions found. Browsing deviantART
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13 Jul 2011   #14
TBVNZ

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Here's my desktop.


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Transparent taskbar with non-transparent icons. Possible?-desktop-screenshot.jpg  
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13 Jul 2011   #15
Bongo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 10 Pro
 
 

Thanks for the info even though you use your wallpaper you are still using Windows 7 theme which is good you will need to select visual effect option of "Enable transparent glass" to get transparent taskbar.
What I am doing is making a custom theme based on the Windows 7 theme. You will need to do one of them tutorials I had linked to in the earlier post so you can use this custom theme. Then you can set your wallpaper to the new custom theme and save it like you did before it all should be good.

Here you go Extract the zip folder at the bottom and
Put both (1 AeroClear folder & 1 AeroClear .theme file)
Transparent taskbar with non-transparent icons. Possible?-1.png
In
C/Windows/Resources/Themes
Transparent taskbar with non-transparent icons. Possible?-4.png
You will get this click Continue
Transparent taskbar with non-transparent icons. Possible?-2.png
And you will get this click Yes
Transparent taskbar with non-transparent icons. Possible?-3.png
It will show up in Personalization as AeroClear
Transparent taskbar with non-transparent icons. Possible?-5.png
Let me know if you need some help with this.
Jerry


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File Type: zip AeroClear.zip (783.0 KB, 200 views)
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13 Jul 2011   #16
Imperfect1

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by drkh View Post
Imperfect1,


I installed and tried Fences again.

I right-clicked on the empty area of the Desktop, chose "Configure Fences", clicked on "Appearance", pulled the transparency slider all the way to the very left end. But nothing happened.
As a work-around you might set your Taskbar to auto-hide, and then create a toolbar right above your Taskbar, make the new toolbar transparent and put all of your Desktop icons into the new toolbar. It's not exactly the same, but will, at least, give your Desktop the same look that you're seeking.
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14 Jul 2011   #17
drkh

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

TBVNZ,

Glad to hear about the Deviantart solution. It will be the first thing tomorrow.
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14 Jul 2011   #18
drkh

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Imperfect1,


I will give that a shot. But first I'll find a way to move/copy the Systray icons to a newly created toolbar, and to separate that new toolbar from the Taskbar.
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14 Jul 2011   #19
drkh

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Jerry,

Unfortunately when the AeroClear theme is used, I don't feel my Taskbar become more transparent than when "Enable transparent glass" is selected for my Win95 Clouds theme, as shown by the two screen shots below. But I notice that the blur on both ends of the Taskbar disappears. And the black thin border line on top of the Taskbar is gone, too.

I patched the three theme related system files with Universal Theme Patcher, even the two 32-bit ones in the SysWOW64 folder. I also tried UxStyle Core (after restoring those system files with Universal Theme Patcher).

You instructed me to select "Enable transparent glass". But I found I did not need to do that manually. That option will be selected automatically when AeroClear is in use, and de-selected automatically when my Win95 Clouds theme is in use.

Although my Taskbar is still not transparent, I am contented I (and you) have worked for it to change. Actually I don't really mind much about an opaque Taskbar, which I can live with, I'm sure.

I still want to thank you for reaching out.


My Desktop with the AeroClear theme, but not the Win95 Clouds wallpaper:
Transparent taskbar with non-transparent icons. Possible?-my_desktop_with_aeroclear_but_no_win95_clouds.jpg

My Desktop with the AeroClear theme and the Win95 Clouds wallpaper:
Transparent taskbar with non-transparent icons. Possible?-my_desktop_with_aeroclear_and_win95_clouds.jpg


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14 Jul 2011   #20
Bongo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by drkh View Post
Jerry,

Unfortunately when the AeroClear theme is used, I don't feel my Taskbar become more transparent than when "Enable transparent glass" is selected for my Win95 Clouds theme, as shown by the two screen shots below. But I notice that the blur on both ends of the Taskbar disappears. And the black thin border line on top of the Taskbar is gone, too.

I patched the three theme related system files with Universal Theme Patcher, even the two 32-bit ones in the SysWOW64 folder. I also tried UxStyle Core (after restoring those system files with Universal Theme Patcher).

You instructed me to select "Enable transparent glass". But I found I did not need to do that manually. That option will be selected automatically when AeroClear is in use, and de-selected automatically when my Win95 Clouds theme is in use.

Although my Taskbar is still not transparent, I am contented I (and you) have worked for it to change. Actually I don't really mind much about an opaque Taskbar, which I can live with, I'm sure.

I still want to thank you for reaching out.


My Desktop with the AeroClear theme, but not the Win95 Clouds wallpaper:
Attachment 164981

My Desktop with the AeroClear theme and the Win95 Clouds wallpaper:
Attachment 164980
That's as good as it gets no one has found a way to remove the blur.
Jerry
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