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Actual Transparent Window

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  • Date Added:
    Aug. 20, 2013
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    Free to try (7-day trial); $19.95 to buy
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Editors' Review


Actual Transparent Window is an intriguing desktop enhancement that renders open windows transparent at the click of a button, making it easier to keep track of multiple windows at once. It can help you monitor downloads while working on another screen, or organize spreadsheets, stock charts, text files, and Web pages. You can use it as a drawing tool to trace images, create overlays, and even make your own new images.

The program is simplicity itself to use. It adds two small buttons to the Windows title bar, one for settings; the other for toggling the transparency on and off. You can exclude certain windows, set different levels of transparency, and even customize settings for different browsers, e-mail clients, or any program in the Windows Task Manager. A "ghosting" feature prevents accidental mouse clicks. You can save the settings for individual windows, too, which saves time with frequently used programs. You can also organize windows hierarchically by making less frequently used windows more transparent.

Having multiple transparent windows open at once may take some getting used to at first, but it's easy to organize them so that they reduce the clutter instead of adding to it. Actual Transparent Window really comes into its own when you need to refer back and forth to a number of documents, files, Web sites, or programs. The program downloads and installs quickly and easily, but it leaves some empty folders behind after uninstalling. Actual Transparent Window is free to try for 60 days with a 30-day money-back guarantee.

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User Reviews

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1 stars

"Works well - but you better buy it or pay the price"

July 29, 2011  |  By grmsn

 |  Version: Actual Transparent Window 6.5.1


Great product works well


Non stop pop ups after the trial version is unistalled. Still can't figure out how to stop them. Considering lodging this app with virus outlets as a possible app to block.


Great program - but you had better buy it or pay the price with non stop annoying pop ups about buying the product. (Usually at the most inconvenient time)

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4 stars

"Works well but does not merit the $20 purchase price."

September 15, 2010  |  By mike83854

 |  Version: Actual Transparent Window 6.2


Does everything it claims to do and the adjustable opacity is nice. I think Windows 7 has a similar feature built in.


The "Actual Transparent" program is novel but not really that useful. It was difficult to unload. Locked up my "Remove Program" function until I manually unloaded the TSR from the task bar.


I thought the program was going to be more useful to me but I still had to minimize or close the open window to get back to the other windows icons. Maybe it has a feature I missed, like right-clicking on the underlying icon to activate it.

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2 stars

"Get Windowblinds instead"

August 05, 2005  |  By rmccabe916

 |  Version: Actual Transparent Window 3.6


Makes windows tranparent


Not worth the price. Get Windowblinds and Object Desktop. They can completely change your desktop

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5 stars

"Needs more work"

November 10, 2002

 |  Version: Actual Transparent Windows 2.7


Starting to look great guys,
It slowed down my PC and it didnt work all the time. Good luck in the future with this.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 8.0.1
Version 8.0.1 fixed issues with uninstallation did not work because of the "DLL not found" error.
Publisher Actual Tools
Publisher web site http://www.actualtools.com/
Release Date August 19, 2013
Date Added August 20, 2013
Version 8.0.1
Category Desktop Enhancements
Subcategory Tweaks Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/8
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Download Information
File Size 7.21MB
File Name atwsetup.exe
Total Downloads 68,233
Downloads Last Week 18
License Model Free to try
Limitations 7-day trial
Price $19.95

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