Here, I’ll save everyone’s time by posting the link to the app so nobody else has to sit through a four minute video with horrible commentary that could have easily been 20 seconds long. Holy hell.
I use TranslucentTB, which you can get via the Store, or if you want a regular download, here: -
It allows you to set different states for the taskbar depending on the circumstances, so for example, I have it set to be opaque when a window is maximised.
add /releases to the url and most of the time it'll change to it. Download the latest version like so
Don't download source code, that doesn't download the program.
Hey, I recommend using a lightweight program that i personally use called TransluscentTB. It can be found here, and works with both monitors with multiple settings. https://github.com/TranslucentTB/TranslucentTB
>Add to Startup
> To add TranslucentTB to startup, run the application through the command line with TranslucentTB.exe --startup to automatically add it to the Windows Registry and thus make it start automatically at subsequent boots. It's also possible to do so via the tray icon's context menu.
You can also type shell:startup in RUN and paste a shortcut in there
I'm the dev of TranslucentTB
That permission makes it run outside the Windows Store's sandbox, which allows TranslucentTB to alter the taskbar. It's used by a ton of apps on the Store as well (you can spot it on Spotify, Telegram, iTunes, WhatsApp, etc.). This permission is equivalent to downloading and running any program from outside of the Store. We don't actually access all your files, programs, etc.
Check here for more info
For anyone else who wants to make their taskbar transparent :
This is a simple software which makes your taskbar customizable, and most importantly no virus whatsoever
Yes, I am aware of the function, I even use it for my code (I am one of the main devs of TranslucentTB, which the whole functionality is based on SWCA)
So, as i know that u guys are very accurate if its about a minimalistic Desktop i want to ask you if that one would be okay to call minimalistic and also how i could improve it.
I used Honeycomb
Standalone applications (no Rainmeter required):
Main TTB dev here.
Are you running Windows Insider builds? If yes, then you should probably update your system. There was a memory leak bug in a Windows-internal component (Desktop Window Manager, the component which actually renders the transparency effects that TTB applies to the taskbar), and it was significantly worsened when TTB was running.
If not, TTB does no modification to your system and cleanly uninstalls, so any resource usage still present most likely comes from another program/issue. Make sure TTB comes from a legitimate source as well. The only official distribution channels are GitHub and the Microsoft Store.
The program is open source and I would definitely not write malware.
For the Windows taskbar
Used icons (.ico files) found here: https://www.iconsdb.com/
To make the taskbar transparent I use TranslucentTB, can be found here: https://github.com/TranslucentTB/TranslucentTB/releases
This might be better, you can make it fully transparent on desktop (in-programs and stuff are transparent) and atleast to me it uses a lot less RAM
You can uninstall Rainmeter and use one of these:
Using Rainmeter for that minor feature alone feels a bit unnecessary.
Nope! I used TranslucentTB for transparency and I used This for taskbar icons :)
I would like to add r/playnite for your game libraries, especially in these launcher-rich times. Makes every game easier to find and even has support for extensions and custom designs.
Additionally, Transluscenttb let's you customize your taskbar. It looks awesome, is very lightweight and goes especially well with wallpaper engine.
f.lux may have an advantage in features, but is a little unnecessary, with Windows (and I think MacOS as well) offering their built in versions of blue light filters nowadays.
Lastly, I'd replace Nexus Mod Manager with Mod Organizer 2, since is much nicer, especially with the handling of mods and mod related stuff (e.g.: let's you merge files, instead of just overwriting everything).
But still a compelling list, thank you!
I also use no icons like other people, but in my taskbar theres only file explorer and chrome, for the rest I just hit the windows key and type away. And for extra sexyness, i made my taskbar transparent using TranslucentTB!
In my experience you have to embrace the system somewhat. Fighting it will make the experience only worse.
I compromised by setting the build in option "combine taskbar buttons" to "always hide labels". The only functionality I still miss with that is activating (move to front) all app-windows by clicking the app icon.
Also I installed TranslucentTB, which gives a nice, lightweight, Dock-like look.
I tried to simulate the problem but to no avail. Through some research, I don't think TranslucentTB can manipulate the font colors as of now. I found a solution here which may seem outdated but you could give it a go.
This looks great! I'm assuming you're doing something along the lines of TranslucentTB? Perhaps a collaborative project with that developer to bring a full solution to users would be worthwhile for you!
TranslucentTB allows for a lot of nice customization with the taskbar.
Available on the Microsoft Store: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/translucenttb/9pf4kz2vn4w9?activetab=pivot:overviewtab
and on GitHub: https://github.com/TranslucentTB/TranslucentTB (as far as I know, the GitHub version does not support Fluent design)
I didn't have to edit any code, I downloaded from this page. After you run the executable, you'll have options in your taskbar for a few different styles
I recommend getting https://github.com/TranslucentTB/TranslucentTB
It would go really well I think! Also, if you right click on the taskbar, you can get rid of stuff like the taskview button and the contacts button if you don't use them. I say this because for me personally, the taskbar is very distracting in this, but other than that great work! Nice Colors!
you can use this to make the taskbar fully transparent so it will have the black background as the taskbar background
EDIT: turns out you can even change it to a specific color using that utility
It's an app you can run called TranslucentTB. Just download the .zip file, unzip it somewhere, and run the .exe inside. There's also an option for it to open at startup, so you don't have to always rerun the app every time you restart.
Of course! https://imgur.com/xLT88pZ here is what it looks like now that I edited it some more.
So, I use https://github.com/TranslucentTB/TranslucentTB/releases to make my taskbar translucent and I used https://alexgal23.deviantart.com/art/Shirae-Mini-608580560 for my icons.
Here's your answer. Download, run it and add to startup. There may be other ways (such as a registry tweak) but this is by far the easiest.
Or for a Non-Rainmeter program:
Glad someone noticed!
It is called TranslucentTB.
Here is the creator's original post:
And the direct download link to the latest version:
There was one redditor, who wrote a little Programm that makes the Taskbar transparent without installing ClassicShell (or other stuff like that). I believe his post was in this subreddit but Im not sure.
Here you can get the tool:
Just klick "Clone or Download" -> "Download as ZIP" -> extract it and run the programm.
I overlooked the code for any malicious stuff and dont make a find, but I can't warranty it (but well, its would be pretty strange to upload programs with evil code on github).
According to blurry taskbar i assume you are using TranslucentTB or something similar.
Wait for problem to be fixed in new release.
This is because TranslucentTB is not a typical UWP app that the store distributes, and is therefore not subject to its sandbox. You can spot the same permission on apps like Spotify, Telegram, WhatsApp, etc.
Any app that you download outside the store also implicitly has permission to access all your files.
I explain this in more details in the GitHub issue: https://github.com/TranslucentTB/TranslucentTB/issues/350
From Windows 8.1?:
> I'm not even sure if SetWindowCompositionAttribute exists in Windows 8
by sylveon (creator)
> Nope, won't work sorry. I have a Windows 8.1 machine, but I don't think it is worth it. I know this is a new api.
by ethanhs (contributor)
Looks like those older versions aren't old enough.
Hello, unfortunately your post has been temporarily removed for the following reason:
> When asking about a specific thing, a link to that thing must be included.
Once a link is added, please respond to this comment specifically so I know to approve the post, thank you!
As an aside, you could try TranslucentTB instead.
I would recommend downloading TranslucentTB from your browser in it's Win32 form because it uses less RAM.
Then just click on "TranslucentTB-setup.exe"
Throttlestop (temperature monitor in notification tray): https://www.techpowerup.com/download/techpowerup-throttlestop/
Recyle Bin on taskbar:
Shortcuts folder on taskbar:
Battery% monitor is from Lenovo Vantage
I'd recommend reading this if you have time: https://github.com/TranslucentTB/TranslucentTB/issues/350
If you don't the tl;dr is our app is required to use these permissions by MS, and many other well known apps such as Sportify, WhatsApp, and others also have these same permissions. TranslucentTB doesn't have networking capabilities so we can't steal your data, and we don't try. Feel free to join our discord https://discord.gg/TranslucentTB if you have more questions.
It's safe, and the permissions are required because the app is Win32. Apps like spotify require the same permissions.
Here's the explanation from the dev.
Hey guys! First time posting here, this screenshot is my desktop from my Samsung G9. The app I'm using it called TranslucentTB from GitHub, disclaimer I'm not the owner, just advocating it.
I've been trying to figure out an alternative to the more well-known Borderless Gaming app. For those that don't know, the borderless gaming app can hide the taskbar when a specified application is open. This is nice but frustrating when you need to interact with your taskbar and the app has to stay visible on screen while the taskbar is hidden another minor annoyance.
That has lead me to find TranslucentTB, it allows you to make the taskbar background invisible but still retain the functionality of everything on the taskbar itself.
There is one con to this app, it does prevent clicking borderless games that overlap the taskbar itself. I personally haven't had any issues with this but it could be a problem for some depending on where they place their taskbar (top or bottom). You can minimize this effect by reducing your taskbar icon size by enabling Use small taskbar buttons option in the settings.
Use small taskbar buttons
I third this. Yeah, it's called TranslucentTB and there's a GitHub repo where one can download the TranslucentTB-setup.exe, which I use since apps from the MS Store have a tendency to crash on me. I like to use TranslucentTB since I don't always have Rainmeter running.
Not oc but I think its TranslucentTB, thats what I use atleast and it gives the same effect.
Thanks! I didn't tweak the settings on the power skin - just using one of the variants that doesn't display uptime.
I'm using TranslucentTB for my taskbar, which you can download from here.
Yes, I have the latest vivaldi update (3.0) and AMD driver version*:* 20.2.2. I also turned off hardware acceleration in vivaldi settings, but that did not make a difference imo.
I even downloaded TranslucentTB but I still do not like the look of windows taskbar.
TranslucentTB is a good companion with FalonX, makes your taskbar transparent, but changes to a solid bar (configurable) when an application is open full screen.
If you're super concerned about taskbar burn-in in the long term, you can run something like TranslucentTB with an auto-hide taskbar. There's also a Windows Store version.
I use this on my HTPC connected to a C9. I owned 2 plasmas before this though so I'm extra paranoid and tend to baby the hell out of my displays. If you don't like auto-hidden taskbar you can also consider rotating the taskbar to the top, left, and/or right edge of the screen every few weeks.
what is the point of a fancy desktop?
how many of us spend more than a minute per hour looking at the desktop?
how many of us peek at the desktop to see the time, or the current song, or even the space in a disk drive?
its just eye candy, imho, and mostly pointless.
i have a very simple setup:
i dont have to open the task manager, or break my workflow to peek at the desktop.
if i want to check current system load, i simply look at the meter. no extra shenanigans required.
It's on Github here:
looks like the same program.
Edit: There is also another program that apparently does the same thing: TaskbarTools
from what i've read You can combine the Accent State with different Gradient Colors to create some pretty interesting effects.
didn't try this one yet.
yo try out translucenttb, you can switch up the taskbar a bit, but most people use it to completely remove the color.
here's what i did.
Download TenslucentTB, it provides the same functionality, but with so much more optons!
Windows Store Link
Couple of quick thoughts, use a transparent taskbar just cleans it up and maybe use one of the many different launchers to get rid of the windows icons with text, as the guy above already linked.
The DeviantArt version is quite unstable for me too. Besides installing from the Windows store, you can also download directly from the GitHub releases tab. You can get the setup exe there, but I’m not sure if it has a portable setup.
Love it! Elegant is indeed the word. Does the cat ever camp itself on top of your rig? Or is the plant enough to dissuade. I'm concerned about just that with my new setup.
For that gorgeous backdrop... might I recommend TranslucentTB - lightweight utility to make the Windows taskbar translucent/transparent. Though I am not at all sure it will work if Windows is not activated. Fully compatible with Wallpaper Engine though.
Ah yes, thank you for reminding me about that. I use TranslucentTB to make the taskbar transparent and then I followed this simple video to center the icons!
https://github.com/TranslucentTB/TranslucentTB free program lets you set taskbar to clear, blur, Windows Dynamic -- one click solution, no messing with registry editor.
clear taskbar example pic
(Shameless plug incoming)
Yo, I’m one of the (former haha) devs of the OSS software TranslucentTB (https://github.com/TranslucentTB/TranslucentTB). It makes your taskbar transparent, but also has more features, such as allowing you to make it blurred/opaque again when a window is maximised.
Try it out! Thanks :)
Oh yeah thats something i forgot you can get the file https://github.com/TranslucentTB/TranslucentTB here you will need to go to the settings and then choose everything clear or however you like ill add this to the comment
Nice, thanks! Links for the lazy.
I used TranslucentTB to make the taskbar transparent, wallpaper is a default Nokia 7 Plus wallpaper that I extended in Photoshop, I created the white taskbar icons myself.
Hmmm... You could maybe have a little measure inside this skin which automatically refreshes the skin only once the computer has woken. I would also check out this 3rd-party (AKA not a Rainmeter plugin) which accomplishes this and more.
Yo! I'm one of the devs of TTB, and trust me - we were worried about that too. That's why TTB has Dynamic Windows - you can set it so that if a window is maximised (taking up the whole screen), the taskbar will automagically revert to normal, or to another manually configured style :)
Check it out!
The steps to get this look are really easy:
- Remove everything from your desktop, I suggest storing these things in your Documents folder or other folders instead
- Remove the Recycle Bin shortcut by going to [Personalization > Themes > Desktop icon settings] and unchecking the Recycle Bin checkbox
- Download TranslucentTB for making the taskbar see-through (download the TranslucentTB-setup.exe), make sure you
- Download FalconX for auto-centering icons (this costs 2 euros but totally worth it)
Really easy, just two:
- TranslucentTB for making the taskbar see-through (download the TranslucentTB-setup.exe)
- FalconX for auto-centering icons (this costs 2 euros but totally worth it)
It's been made transparent using translucentTB.
Also I've hidden all of the notification icons and the task view/cortanna buttons.
I think it gives a nice minimal look https://i.imgur.com/L6x1kSE.png
Hello, to my acknowledge its a know issue, the way that worked for me is downloading the new build, and editing the config.cfg.
editing this line to your preference should fix:
; Taskbar appearance: opaque, transparent, or blur (default).
thats mine set to clear if your wondering how to do it.
I don't know if there is any skin out there.
But if you are down to get a little technical, you can follow this link: https://github.com/TranslucentTB/TranslucentTB
You won't need the translucent taskbar rm skin if you use this method.
Set your taskbar transparent or translucent with this free thing, it's great & free to use :
for dock, i suggest Nexus dock from winstep :
Do you mean this one? https://github.com/TranslucentTB/TranslucentTB/releases I tried but it doesn't seem to fix my issue with it not appearing when I need it, the other problems I didn't really tried. So maybe that's a Windows problem itself? Is there a way to fix it maybe?
Widgets used can be found on this subreddit:
I literally downloaded Rainmeter a couple hours ago and this is my very first setup!
Skin is Simplony by HipHopium
Wallpaper is darken green by Prolite
TranslucentTB on both dynamic settings
The skin uses darker accents for the Hi and Lo arrows, Location as well as the Date. Since my background doesn't make them visible, I've changed these values from 0,0,0,150 to 255,255,255 (dark to white).
Thanks to the developer because I love this skin!
p.s. If anyone knows of a good player or visualiser that matches this skin, let me know!
TranslucentTB just an exe, no install necessary.
This guide has instructions on how to make it transparent (instead of blurred) when you boot into windows.
Uhh, I think you're mixing me up with someone else. I don't develop a Rainmeter skin, but a separate program which makes the task bar transparent. Link here
On https://github.com/TranslucentTB/TranslucentTB/releases, unzip the file, open the .exe, right click on the taskbar icon, check open at boot and either clear or dynamic windows to get the desired effect.
A tool called "transclusentTB". I think someone in this subreddit wrote this tool but I'm not sure. I can add a github link later.
Edit: here is the link: https://github.com/TranslucentTB/TranslucentTB/releases (sorry for raw pasting, im on mobile).