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

14 Jul 2011   #21
TBVNZ

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

As Bongo stated earlier there will still be a slight blur. I use Tclock Lite to add even more transparency and the larger tray clock, but the unwanted side effect is transparency of taskbar icons as well. It doesnt bother me much as I tend to use dark backgrounds and I kind of like the muted effect on the icons.


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14 Jul 2011   #22
drkh

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

OK. I found someone claimed there was a method, for WinXP, to get a transparent Taskbar. Although I don't totally understand what that guy was talking about, I am still wondering if that method can also be used for Win7. Can it?

See http://www.crystalxp.net/forum/en/Wi...et_14052_1.htm


The steps of that method are quoted below (I insert my questions in blue):


1. First take a picture of your desktop (without using a camera and with no windows on the screen) and save it.

That's just "pressing the 'Print Screen' key and pasting into an image editor". Right?

2. Open the image with an image editing software like Adobe Photoshop and crop out everything except for the parts on the taskbar that you want to stay opaque.

That's "making everything transparent except the Taskbar icons". Right?
(I have only used 2 graphics editing programs: IrfanView and MS Paint.)


3. Now copy your normal wallpaper into a new layer behind your edited picture of desktop.

"Copying into new layer" must be a fuctionality of Photoshop. Right?

4. Resize the picture to the size of your desktop (you can find out the size of the your desktop by right clicking on your mouse and select properties and in the properties window select the tab display settings and near the bottom there is a slider saying Resolution and under it show you the size of your desktop example 1024x768) and save it.

Why is resizing necessary? After "copying into new layer behind...", the newly generated picture should already have the same size (resolution) as the screen, shouldn't it?


5. Apply the picture as your wallpaper and there you go!
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14 Jul 2011   #23
Bongo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by drkh View Post
OK. I found someone claimed there was a method, for WinXP, to get a transparent Taskbar. Although I don't totally understand what that guy was talking about, I am still wondering if that method can also be used for Win7. Can it?

See Transparent taskbar??? - General Discussion - Windows Customization & Support - FORUM CrystalXP.net English


The steps of that method are quoted below (I insert my questions in blue):


1. First take a picture of your desktop (without using a camera and with no windows on the screen) and save it.

That's just "pressing the 'Print Screen' key and pasting into an image editor". Right?

2. Open the image with an image editing software like Adobe Photoshop and crop out everything except for the parts on the taskbar that you want to stay opaque.

That's "making everything transparent except the Taskbar icons". Right?
(I have only used 2 graphics editing programs: IrfanView and MS Paint.)


3. Now copy your normal wallpaper into a new layer behind your edited picture of desktop.

"Copying into new layer" must be a fuctionality of Photoshop. Right?

4. Resize the picture to the size of your desktop (you can find out the size of the your desktop by right clicking on your mouse and select properties and in the properties window select the tab display settings and near the bottom there is a slider saying Resolution and under it show you the size of your desktop example 1024x768) and save it.

Why is resizing necessary? After "copying into new layer behind...", the newly generated picture should already have the same size (resolution) as the screen, shouldn't it?


5. Apply the picture as your wallpaper and there you go!
I have seen something like that before it may work and don't know.
#1
yes
#2
I have never tried it so I don't know
any image editor will work as long as you can crop
#3
I think what you do there is take the picture that you want for wallpaper
and then copy the crop image on top of that
and you can use like paint.net or gimp they are both free
#4
I think it's necessary so that looks right.

Jerry
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15 Jul 2011   #24
drkh

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bongo View Post
you can use like paint.net or gimp they are both free
I picked Paint.net and, just at the first look, it caught my eyes! I'll certainly probe into it.

Thank you very much.

ps: I have another question about the look of the Systray clock. But I think I'll ask it in a new post.
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