How to Make the Taskbar Transparent in Windows 10

Joel Lee 30-01-2017

It’s true that there are several ways you can optimize the Windows 10 experience, but it’s also true that this operating system is a frustrating mess. We’ve highlighted many of the things that annoy us in Windows 10 7 Things That Really Annoy Us About Windows 10 It's not a secret that Windows 10 isn't perfect. Cortana borders on being intrusive, mandatory updates can cause issues, and much appears half-baked. We present our top 7 of most glaring Windows 10 annoyances. Read More , such as Microsoft forcing updates on users Pros & Cons of Forced Updates in Windows 10 Updates will change in Windows 10. Right now you can pick and choose. Windows 10, however, will force updates onto you. It has advantages, like improved security, but it can also go wrong. What's more... Read More , but one sticks out in particular.


There’s a disturbing lack of personalization and customization options, especially when compared to previous versions of the operating system. If you want to tweak Windows 10, you’ll have to rely on third-party utilities — assuming such utilities exist for what you want to do.

TranslucentTB is one such example.

How to Make the Taskbar Transparent in Windows 10 clear taskbar windows 10

Once downloaded, just double-click the EXE and your taskbar will turn transparent. By default, it will use the Blur setting which makes the taskbar look like frosted glass, but you can use the system tray icon to switch to Clear mode which makes it totally transparent.

To make your taskbar transparent on startup, right-click on the EXE and select Create shortcut, then move the shortcut to the Startup folder. To reach the Startup folder, open File Explorer and copy/paste this into the address bar:

%APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

Note that some antivirus programs may flat TranslucentTB as a virus or malware. Feel free to ignore such warnings and add it to the antivirus whitelist. It’s an open source program so if you’re skeptical or suspicious, you can check out the code for yourself.

DownloadTranslucentTB (Free)

Did it work for you? Why do you personally want your taskbar to be invisible? Got any other nifty Windows 10 utilities that are worth mentioning? Let us know in the comments below!

Related topics: Windows 10, Windows Taskbar, Windows Tricks.

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  1. 28he
    January 30, 2017 at 11:28 am

    "Once downloaded, just double-click the EXE and your taskbar will turn transparent. "
    there is no EXE..

    • sml156
      January 30, 2017 at 3:10 pm

      LOL he did not do a very good job on the download link,

      Look on the page for releases. Sometimes you have to read the whole page to figure stuff out.

  2. Customizer
    January 30, 2017 at 11:15 am

    Classic Shell -> Customize Taskbar -> Transparent.