Today I accidentally stumbled upon a hidden gem in Windows 10, a registry setting that activates high transparency for the Taskbar. It’s the UseOLEDTaskbarTransparency registry value that does the magic.
Increase Taskbar Transparency Level
1. Click Start, type Regedit.exe and go to:
2. Create a new DWORD (32-bit) value named UseOLEDTaskbarTransparency
3. Double-click UseOLEDTaskbarTransparency and set its value data to 1
4. Exit the Registry Editor.
5. Right-click Desktop, click Personalize
6. Click Color, and enable all the three options:
Automatically pick accent color from my background
Show color on Start, taskbar, action center, and title bar
Make Start, taskbar and action center transparent
Note: If they’re already enabled, turn off one of the three settings and then toggle it back on. This is done in order to apply the above registry edit without requiring to restart the Shell.
Download Registry File for this setting – W10-OLED-Taskbar-Transparency.zip
The high transparency taskbar mode (OLED) is activated. Here are some screenshots, before and after applying the registry setting:
At the background is the lovely Beauty of Britain theme wallpaper.
While this registry edit doesn’t achieve 100% taskbar transparency, it’s still a super tweak that most users will like for sure. This was first tested in 10586.104, and works just fine in later builds.
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