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Taskbars' background 100% Transparent ?

siliconman01
360 discussion posts
Using Windows 10x64 Pro Build 17134.81 V1803 with latest DF 9.2.4 Beta 1

Is there a way to make the taskbar's background 100% transparent while keeping all the items on the taskbar completely opaque? I know that DF can adjust the transparency but it also adjusts the items on the taskbar as well.

I can do this via Rainmeter for the primary monitor's taskbar using TranslucentTaskbar plugin at https://arkenthera.deviantart.com/art/TranslucentTaskbar-1-2-656402039 . However, I'd like to use DisplayFusion for this function on all taskbars.
Windows 10 x64 Pro on home built with ASUS Maximus VIII Extreme motherboard. Intel I7-6700k CPU,64 gbyte Rip Jaw ram, GeForce 980 Ti graphics, 3 monitors, 200 Mbps cable, 3 ASUS RT-AC88U routers in Aimesh mode, Samsung 970 Pro NVmE M.2 500 gbyte SSD + Samsung 850 Pro 512 gbyte SSD, 14 tb WD My Cloud Pro PR2100 NAS drive, 2 tb My Cloud external drive.
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Jun 3, 2018  • #1
Jon Tackabury (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
There currently isn't a way to do this, sorry. That's an interesting idea though, maybe an advanced setting to prevent the background from being drawn would do the trick?
Jun 6, 2018  • #2
siliconman01
360 discussion posts
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There currently isn't a way to do this, sorry. That's an interesting idea though, maybe an advanced setting to prevent the background from being drawn would do the trick?


Let's give it a try. Can y'all provide advanced setting?
Windows 10 x64 Pro on home built with ASUS Maximus VIII Extreme motherboard. Intel I7-6700k CPU,64 gbyte Rip Jaw ram, GeForce 980 Ti graphics, 3 monitors, 200 Mbps cable, 3 ASUS RT-AC88U routers in Aimesh mode, Samsung 970 Pro NVmE M.2 500 gbyte SSD + Samsung 850 Pro 512 gbyte SSD, 14 tb WD My Cloud Pro PR2100 NAS drive, 2 tb My Cloud external drive.
Jun 6, 2018  • #3
Keith Lammers (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
We've just posted 9.3 Beta 2, and there's a new advanced setting ("Disable Taskbar Background Rendering") for this. Hope that helps!
Jun 25, 2018  • #4
siliconman01
360 discussion posts
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We've just posted 9.3 Beta 2, and there's a new advanced setting ("Disable Taskbar Background Rendering") for this. Hope that helps!


Works like a charm. Thanks much!
Windows 10 x64 Pro on home built with ASUS Maximus VIII Extreme motherboard. Intel I7-6700k CPU,64 gbyte Rip Jaw ram, GeForce 980 Ti graphics, 3 monitors, 200 Mbps cable, 3 ASUS RT-AC88U routers in Aimesh mode, Samsung 970 Pro NVmE M.2 500 gbyte SSD + Samsung 850 Pro 512 gbyte SSD, 14 tb WD My Cloud Pro PR2100 NAS drive, 2 tb My Cloud external drive.
Jun 25, 2018 (modified Jun 25, 2018)  • #5
ithorien
14 discussion posts
Could we get an option that allows you to pick a percentage for that function, much like Classic Shell allows? It would be pretty amazing to be able to match those two program settings for a cohesive look between the taskbars.
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Aug 30, 2018  • #6
Jon Tackabury (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
You can already set the DisplayFusion taskbar opacity in the Settings window. Does this look like what you're looking for? Thanks!
Aug 31, 2018  • #7
ithorien
14 discussion posts
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You can already set the DisplayFusion taskbar opacity in the Settings window. Does this look like what you're looking for? Thanks!


No, not quite; the transparency in options turns down the entire element's transparency, not just the taskbar rectangle. The way CS handles it is it leaves the icon and buttons at 100% rendered, but only changes the opacity of the actual taskbar alone. This way we can have an opaque background at any interval we want, but still keep the icons clearly visible.

Hope that clears it up.
Sep 5, 2018  • #8
You Tube19707
18 discussion posts
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We've just posted 9.3 Beta 2, and there's a new advanced setting ("Disable Taskbar Background Rendering") for this. Hope that helps!


Works like a charm. Thanks much!


So did you actually get a transparent Taskbar now?
Mine is still not working and i have tested the new function already. I was in the same boat like you and used the Rainmeter Plugin before, but you have actually managed to found a way now it seems. So why does this not work for me?
Is this only for DF´s internal Multitaskbar Feature? Is there no way to have a Transparent Taskbar without using DF´s Multitaskbar?
Sep 5, 2018 (modified Sep 5, 2018)  • #9
ithorien
14 discussion posts
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We've just posted 9.3 Beta 2, and there's a new advanced setting ("Disable Taskbar Background Rendering") for this. Hope that helps!


Works like a charm. Thanks much!


So did you actually get a transparent Taskbar now?
Mine is still not working and i have tested the new function already. I was in the same boat like you and used the Rainmeter Plugin before, but you have actually managed to found a way now it seems. So why does this not work for me?
Is this only for DF´s internal Multitaskbar Feature? Is there no way to have a Transparent Taskbar without using DF´s Multitaskbar?


Fully transparent one should work with the beta feature; it'll leave the icons at 100%, and just kill the rectangle opacity. Transparency however still sadly works on the entire element, and will change icons and rectangle opacity together, not separate (which is what I want). Also as far as I understand, DF doesn't overwrite main taskbar?
Sep 5, 2018 (modified Sep 5, 2018)  • #10
Keith Lammers (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
DisplayFusion can't control the transparency of the Windows taskbar on the Primary monitor, no
Sep 6, 2018  • #11
ithorien
14 discussion posts
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DisplayFusion can't control the transparency of the Windows taskbar on the Primary monitor, no


Keith, what about secondary, but transparency JUST on the taskbar background rectangle element and not text/icons?
Sep 6, 2018  • #12
Keith Lammers (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
The way our taskbar and buttons are drawn, we can't easily adjust the opacity of the taskbar backround. We can either draw it, or not. We will keep this request open on our list though, and if we're able to do it in the future, we'll be sure to post an update.

Thanks!
Sep 11, 2018  • #13
TinyBabyOwl
3 discussion posts
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We've just posted 9.3 Beta 2, and there's a new advanced setting ("Disable Taskbar Background Rendering") for this. Hope that helps!


Hi there. Sorry to bump an old thread. Has this feature been removed? I'm using 9.5 and there is no such feature. Is it still part of the beta versions?
Aug 14, 2019  • #14
Alan Wade's profile on WallpaperFusion.com
Its still there...
Right click on a DisplayFusion Taskbar and select Settings.
In the window that opens click on Advanced Settings at the bottom then scroll down to Taskbar and you will see it.
Double click on it to change the value.
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Aug 14, 2019 (modified Aug 14, 2019)  • #15
TinyBabyOwl
3 discussion posts
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Its still there...
Right click on a DisplayFusion Taskbar and select Settings.
In the window that opens click on Advanced Settings at the bottom then scroll down to Taskbar and you will see it.
Double click on it to change the value.


Oh I guess I just overlooked it. Thanks so much!
Aug 16, 2019  • #16
f2bacon
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I LOVE this. I'm just wondering if it intentionally removes activity indicators. Like the little line underneath that shows if an instance of that program is open. It also removes mouseover indicators. I would love to be able to still have that, but regardless this is great and makes me wish windows was paying attention to this kinda stuff
Aug 4, 2020 (modified Aug 4, 2020)  • #17
Hieu Nguyen Trung66377
1 discussion post
i really love the transparent taskbar feature but is there anyway to make taskbar goes back to the default color when a window is maximize (just taskbar on that monitor where that window maximize)
Nov 15, 2020  • #18
Aeglos
1 discussion post
Hey !
I'm having the same thoughts that "f2bacon" 2 comments above.
About the white underline on active windows that desapears with the Background Rendering off. I was wondering if that could become a full fonctionnality in the future ?
That's the only down side on using little Icones (With transparent DF taskbar) rather than the original large "rectangular active window". Not being able to tell what's open what's not just by looking at it.

Even without, thank you for all the work put in the custom options. That's reaaaally fun all we can do ! (A big fan of the shortcuts to move a window from one monitor to the other)
Jan 26, 2021  • #19
Keith Lammers (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
@Aeglos: Not sure why that line gets removed with that setting but we'll look into it when we have some time to see what we can find out
Jan 29, 2021  • #20
Thierry653891
1 discussion post
Unfortunately, this option is not working in Windows 11. All of my DF taskbars are 100% transparent!! I'm using DF 10.0 Beta 4
Oct 12, 2021 (modified Oct 12, 2021)  • #21
Keith Lammers (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
@Thierry: Could you attach a screenshot?
Oct 13, 2021  • #22
Chris Polanish
6 discussion posts
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@Thierry: Could you attach a screenshot?

@Keith I'm actually seeing the same behavior as Thierry, was searching for a fix and found this thread. Screenshots attached. Just started when I upgraded to Win 11. Taskbar on the left screen is a DF taskbar, the right screen is native Win 11 taskbar. I have a 3rd screen also with a DF taskbar that's doing the same as the first, I just didn't include it in the screenshot. Running 10.0 Beta 6. If I can provide anything else let me know.
UPDATE: I just tried toggling the "Transparency Effects" setting in the Win 11 Settings > Personalization > Colors dialog off and back on and that seems to have fixed it. I'll have to see if it sticks when I reboot, but I did just kill DF and relaunch it and the fix persisted across that, so I'm hopeful. I'll try rebooting later.
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Oct 29, 2021 (modified Oct 29, 2021)  • #23
Keith Lammers (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
@Chris: Glad to hear that worked, let me know if you run into any further trouble.

Thanks!
Oct 29, 2021  • #24
Chris Polanish
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@Chris: Glad to hear that worked, let me know if you run into any further trouble.
Thanks!

@Keith just wanted to provide an update - when I did finally get around to rebooting my PC it ended up going back to being fully transparent again unfortunately. If I can provide any additional info let me know.
Nov 1, 2021  • #25
Keith Lammers (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
Do you have Stardock Start11 or Classic Shell installed?
Nov 2, 2021  • #26
Chris Polanish
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Do you have Stardock Start11 or Classic Shell installed?

I do not
Nov 2, 2021  • #27
Keith Lammers (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
Ok, could you send me a copy of your troubleshooting info? Here are the steps:
  • Open the Settings > Troubleshooting tab
  • Click the "Export Info to File" button
  • Reply with the file attached
Nov 2, 2021  • #28
Mike Teruel
4 discussion posts
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Unfortunately, this option is not working in Windows 11. All of my DF taskbars are 100% transparent!! I'm using DF 10.0 Beta 4

I just installed 10b6 and my DF taskbar is also transparent. Any way to make it not transparent?
Edit:
Didn't see your update where you turned of Windows 11's transparency. That worked for me too.
Nov 3, 2021 (modified Nov 3, 2021)  • #29
Chris Polanish
6 discussion posts
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Ok, could you send me a copy of your troubleshooting info? Here are the steps:
  • Open the Settings > Troubleshooting tab
  • Click the "Export Info to File" button
  • Reply with the file attached

@Keith please see attached and let me know if I can provide anything else. Thanks!
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Nov 3, 2021  • #30
Keith Lammers (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
Thanks Chris! I don't see anything out of the ordinary in your troubleshooting info. Could you attach a backup of your DisplayFusion Settings, and also send me a screenshot of the Windows Settings > Personalization > Colours tab?
Nov 4, 2021  • #31
Chris Polanish
6 discussion posts
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Thanks Chris! I don't see anything out of the ordinary in your troubleshooting info. Could you attach a backup of your DisplayFusion Settings, and also send me a screenshot of the Windows Settings > Personalization > Colours tab?


Sure, see attached
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Nov 5, 2021  • #32
Keith Lammers (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
Thanks Chris, if you disable the "Transparency Effects" option and then reboot, is the DF taskbar still transparent?
Nov 5, 2021  • #33
Mike Teruel
4 discussion posts
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Thanks Chris, if you disable the "Transparency Effects" option and then reboot, is the DF taskbar still transparent?


That's what I'm seeing on my PC.
Nov 5, 2021  • #34
Chris Polanish
6 discussion posts
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Thanks Chris, if you disable the "Transparency Effects" option and then reboot, is the DF taskbar still transparent?


If I turn off the transparency effects in the Windows settings and reboot the DF taskbar remains opaque (as it should).
Nov 8, 2021  • #35
Keith Lammers (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
Just a quick update, we're still not able to reproduce this issue here for some reason but we'll keep at it and get it sorted out eventually
22 days ago  • #36
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