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Windows 10 is definitely more palatable than Windows 8 was, but you’ll likely still want to change how your desktop looks and feels How to Change the Look and Feel of Your Windows 10 Desktop How to Change the Look and Feel of Your Windows 10 Desktop You just upgraded to Windows 10 and you're wondering how you can customize and personalize it. We help you turn your desktop into a virtual Windows experience, one step at a time. Read More . Using a quick tweak, you can now even change how transparent your Windows 10 Start Menu appears.

You can attain basic transparency by flipping an option. Open Settings, then head to Personalization. Select the Colors tab on the left, then scroll down. Make sure Transparency effects is set to On. If this doesn’t make the menu transparent enough for you, editing a Registry value lets you 5 Windows 10 Registry Tweaks to Improve & Unlock Features 5 Windows 10 Registry Tweaks to Improve & Unlock Features The registry editor is the only way to enable some of Windows 10's hidden features. Here we'll show you easy tweaks like enabling the dark theme or hiding folders. Read More increase the transparency even further.

Remember that editing the Registry is dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing, so be careful to only touch values we discuss!

Type regedit into the Start Menu, then accent the administrator prompt. Drill down to this location:


You should see a key in the right box called Enable Transparency, which should have a value of 1. Double-click on this value and change it to 0 (zero). Then open the Start Menu again, and you’ll immediately notice that it’s much more transparent.

Here’s a before and after comparison:

Use This Trick to Tweak Start Menu Transparency in Windows 10 Windows 10 Before and After Transparency Tweak

Hopefully between these two settings and completely opaque, you can find a level of transparency that works for you! Need more customization? Check out the best tools for tweaking Windows 10 7 Best Tools to Tweak and Customize Windows 10 7 Best Tools to Tweak and Customize Windows 10 Your Windows setup can be as unique as you are. We have compiled the best tools to help you customize the design and functionality of your Windows system. Read More .

Which level of transparency do you prefer? Let us know how else you customize your Start Menu in the comments!

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  1. Doc
    July 18, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    "Smart menu"? LOL...never heard it called THAT before.

    • Ben Stegner
      July 18, 2017 at 3:00 pm

      Obviously a typo there -- thanks for the catch!

  2. Davin Peterson
    July 18, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    There is also registry tweak to make the taskbar transparent like it was in Windows 7.

  3. Kemara
    July 18, 2017 at 11:14 am

    I use tablet mode on my laptop so that the smart tiles can cover the entire desktop. Is there a way to lighten up my wallpaper in this mode? It looks like there's a black transparent layer on top of it. I'd like the wallpaper to look normal - the way it does when you use the regular desktop.