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Transparent TaskBar

CNET Editors' review

Though lacking in extras, this freeware quickly changes the transparency level of your Windows Taskbar.

Transparent TaskBar's miniscule interface makes it easy to adjust the transparency level of your Taskbar through a slider. At first glance it left us puzzled about how the program works, and we had to dig into the program's folder to read the included documentation. Also, right-clicking the interface brings up a pop-up menu that contains a few presets for adjust the Taskbar transparency. In our tests, transparency changes took immediate effect, and adjusting the slider to the highest level of transparency made our Taskbar fully invisible.

The program worked well, and even closing the program or restarting our computer didn't remove the transparency effect. However, the general lack of other features lessens its appeal. Over all, this freeware is easy to use and will satisfy any user who is looking for basic transparency features.

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    • 4 star: 2
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 0
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  • 4.0 stars

    "Works on Windows 7 too!"

    May 25, 2011  |   By gun2008

    Version: Transparent TaskBar 1

    Pros

    Works like it said. The funny thing is it works on Windows 7 too Lol
    This is good for Windows 7 Starter and Home Basic because they don't have Aero Glass (Transparent taskbar)

    Cons

    Transparent mask over all the elements in the taskbar

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Realy Worth it"

    January 31, 2011  |   By Primarch

    Version: Transparent TaskBar 1

    Pros

    1- Free
    2- Does the job
    3- Simple
    4- Small

    Cons

    None what so ever

    Summary

    If you want to display a transparent taskbar for a better looking desktop, this is the right tool.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Everyone underrates this software"

    November 18, 2009  |   By asilaydyingdl

    Version: Transparent TaskBar 1

    Pros

    Minimalistic design. Easy to navigate UI. Remembers settings even upon exit of program. Bug free. Works flawless on XP or Vista.

    Cons

    None at all.

    Summary

    Just because an application isn't "feature rich" doesn't mean it isn't a great piece of software. The point of the application is NOT to make your taskbar entirely transparent, to add a dash of transparency just to please the eye. Every free transparency apps for taskbars that I have used dim everything, even Nvidia's software! Nvidia's software was buggy too and this isn't. Quit expecting so much for free people. This software is more than sufficient for what it does, and does not deserve to be trashed like you have trashed it. And if you want to hide the slider, right click on it and hit "exit." Since it tweaks explorer.exe, exiting the program will not lose your transparency settings. So quit complaining that their is no way to minimize or hide it... it doesn't need those features! In summary, this is a great piece of underrated freeware that does as advertised.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Come on guys... you can do a better work."

    July 11, 2009  |   By bokuwatensai

    Version: Transparent TaskBar 1

    Pros

    1- The instalation works fine.
    2- It's free.

    Cons

    1- It can't be minimized.
    2- The systray icons and the textof the taskbar shouldn't be transparent.
    3- Full transparency is useless, you can't see anyhing!! at least leave the text visible...

    Summary

    It looks like if it isn't finished yet. I know it's free, I also know the goodwill of the creator but sometimes this is not enough. Keep working.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Decent. Kinda pointless, though."

    November 16, 2008  |   By Billyedward

    Version: Transparent TaskBar 1

    Pros

    Works great, No bugs that I've found.

    Cons

    It would help if the slider thingee could be minimized.

    Summary

    Works very well. There's no real need for it, though, unless you're rteally picky about the looks of your desktop. It's neat.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Overall, not really worth it, even though it's free"

    July 14, 2008  |   By Terath

    Version: Transparent TaskBar 1

    Pros

    It actually makes it transparent

    Cons

    Didn't really blend with the XP environment
    Why not put the controller in the system tray?

    Summary

    Overall, this program is lackluster in performance, dropping a transparent mask over all the elements in the taskbar instead of really getting creative and maybe recognizing things like WMP mini-mode and not masking them. Also, the fact that it always remains as that box prompted me to immediately uninstall; I highly value order and desktop real estate, to the point that I refuse to use sidebars, widgets, docks that don't hide well, etc.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Very Okay,Best one of way to make XP look ike VISTA"

    April 30, 2008  |   By jlpogi23

    Version: Transparent TaskBar 1

    Pros

    It's Easy to use

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