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Taskbar transparency doesn't work on some Windows systems

Started by HHBP

Transparency cannot be selected in the Windows Server 2012 taskbar sad
But Windows 10 taskbar can be transparent laugh
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Re: Taskbar transparency doesn't work on some Windows systems   15 January 2023, 17:46

This is because the window uses a style called WS_EX_LAYERED, and this style is supported for top-level windows and child-windows starting from Windows 8.

Older versions of Windows supported WS_EX_LAYERED only for top-level windows, so the window cannot be transparent.

As a workaround, you can choose the background colour similar/identical to your taskbar colour, and it will look exactly the same as with transparency.

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