Windows 10 allows limited control over the transparency of the Taskbar, Action Center, and the Start menu. You can make it transparent or solid in Settings. It is a bit transparent by default, but you might want to add a higher level. Here’s a look at how to increase the transparency by hacking the Registry.
Increase Windows 10 Start Menu Transparency
First, use the keyboard shortcut Windows Key + R and type: regedit and hit Enter or click OK.
Next, navigate to the following path:
From there, double click on EnableTransparency and change its value from 1 to 0 and click OK.
No restart is required. In fact, after changing the value to zero hit the Windows Key and you’ll see the difference. If you’re not a fan of the look just change the EnableTransparency key back to a value of one.
Here is what the default transparency looks like:
And here it is after changing the registry value — much more transparent:
Increase the Transparency of the Windows 10 Taskbar
If you want to change the transparency of the Taskbar, head to the following path in the Registry:
Now you need to create a new DWORD 32-bit value and name it UseOLEDTaskbarTransparency and give it a value of 1.
To force the change, go to Settings > Personalization > Colors and toggle the Make Start, taskbar and action center transparent switch off and back on again.
Here’s what it looks like by default:
And here is what to expect after making the changes to the Registry:
It would be nice to see a slider control in Settings that would allow you to fine-tune the transparency. Something like the slider for color temperature for the Night Light (formerly called Blue Light) feature in Windows 10 Creators Update.
Still, this is a cool trick to give a try if you like to have more control over how the Windows UI looks. Give it a try and let us know what you think in the comment section below.