Windows 10, the latest operating system from Microsoft, comes with a transparent taskbar. Previous versions of Windows like Windows 8.1 and Windows 8 include a transparent taskbar as well, but there was no option to disable it. In Windows 10, Microsoft finally added the appropriate option. The user is able to disable transparency effects in Windows 10 without using third party tools.
With significant changes from the Aero Glass effects introduced in Windows Vista, Windows 10 still features some transparency effects in the Start Menu, Desktop Taskbar, and Action Center. Many users like these transparency effects in Windows 10 as they add a special look to the desktop and the wallpaper. Transparency can be disabled for the Start Menu and Taskbar in Windows 10 Settings.
By default, Windows 10 has the semi-transparent taskbar. Action center and the Start Menu are also semi-transparent. If you don't like the transparency effects, you can quickly disable them.
Disable Transparency Effects in Windows 10
- Open Settings (Press Win + I)
- Navigate to Personalization > Colors.
- Under 'More options' on the right, see the 'Transparency effects' option.
- Disable the 'Transparency effects' toggle switch.
Tip: You can open the 'Colors' page directly. Press the Win + R keys and type the following in the Run text box:
See the full list of the 'ms-settings:' commands available in Windows 10.
Now, close the Settings app and click on the Start button (or press the Win key on the keyboard) to open the Start menu. Alternately, you can press Win + A to open Action Center. Both Start Menu and Action Center, including the taskbar are now opaque. The transparency effect is disabled.
To undo the change later and to turn on the transparency effect in Windows 10, go back to Settings > Personalization > Colors and click the 'Transparency effects' toggle switch again to re-activate the effect.
It is good that Microsoft has added a native way to disable taskbar transparency in Windows 10. It was welcomed by many users.