Microsoft has been improving the taskbar with every version of Windows as it’s one of the busiest areas of Windows operating system. In Windows 10, Microsoft has added a couple of new features to taskbar but the taskbar is not transparent with default settings.
Talking about new features on taskbar, firstly, there is a large search box on the taskbar in Windows 10. The search box, which appears right to the Start button, is home to the newly introduced digital personal assistant Cortana.
Not only does the search box on the taskbar allows you launch files and programs on your PC, but also allows you search the web using Microsoft’s Bing search engine. Those who prefer Google search can follow our workaround to enable Google search in Windows 10 taskbar search box.
Secondly, the system tray area of taskbar includes an icon to access the new action center. The all new date and time flyout is also another nice addition to the taskbar, and more importantly, it goes very well with the new design language of Windows 10.
Transparent taskbar in Windows 10
While Windows 10 supports transparency in Start menu, taskbar and action center, it’s turned off by default. We have already shown how to make Start menu transparent in Windows 10 with or without the help of third-party tools. In this guide, we are going to discuss how to make taskbar transparent in Windows 10 without using third-party tools.
NOTE: As you can see in the above picture, turning on transparency for taskbar doesn’t make the taskbar fully transparent unlike in previous Windows versions. You can only enable or disable transparency but can’t change the transparency level in Windows 10. For that, you need to go for third-party utilities.
IMP: To make the taskbar fully (100%) transparent, please refer to our how to make the Windows 10 taskbar fully transparent guide.
Make Windows 10’s taskbar transparent
To open Settings app, open Start menu, click Settings icon (see below picture). Alternatively, you can quickly open the Settings app using Windows + I keyboard shortcut.
Step 2: Once Settings app is launched, click Personalization.
Step 3: In the left-side, click Colors option. On the right-side, turn on the option labelled Make Start, taskbar, and action center transparent.
Note: As you probably have observed, enabling transparency for taskbar also makes Start menu and action center transparent. For now, there is no software that can enable transparency only for taskbar in Windows 10. We will let us know with a new guide as well as update this guide if and when there is a software to do so.