A lightweight tool that makes the Windows taskbar translucent/transparent!



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  • Latest Version

    TranslucentTB 2024.1 LATEST

  • Review by

    Marian Marinescu

  • Operating System

    Windows 10 (32-bit) / Windows 10 (64-bit) / Windows 11

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If you use a personal computer with the Windows 10 or Windows 11 operating system on it, then you will want to try a software title called TranslucentTB. It lets you customize the appearance of the taskbar on the desktop by adding translucent effects and other kinds of transparent styles.

As Simple as It Gets - No User Interface or Installation

There is no installation required for the TranslucentTB application. All you need to do is download the application. It will show up as a ZIP package file on your computer. Unzip the package and double-click on the executable file to run the application.

After the application launches, it will automatically integrate with your computer’s taskbar at the bottom of the screen. You’ll know it is there because a small icon will show up. There is no user interface to control the application either. All you have is a super small taskbar menu which lets you add full transparency to your taskbar or a blur effect to it.

Change the Appearance with a Click of the Mouse

Transparency and blur effects are not the only modifications that you can make to the appearance of the taskbar. You can also change the colors of the taskbar and its behavior by entering specific commands. Of course, you must have knowledge of the commands before you can enter them successfully.

To restore the normal appearance of the taskbar, just use the taskbar menu to close the TranslucentTB for PC. Once the Start menu is activated again, the appearance should be restored.


Transparency Control: You can adjust the transparency of your taskbar, giving it a sleek and modern look. Whether you prefer a subtle hint of translucency or a fully transparent taskbar, TranslucentTB has you covered.

Customization: Personalize your taskbar by choosing from various styles, colors, and backgrounds. Create a taskbar that suits your individual style and complements your desktop wallpaper.

Taskbar Pinning: Pin your favorite apps to the taskbar for quick and easy access. TranslucentTB provides an efficient way to manage your frequently used applications.

Dynamic Colors: The software can automatically match your taskbar's color to your active application's color scheme, ensuring a seamless and cohesive visual experience.

Intuitive Controls: TranslucentTB offers a user-friendly interface with simple controls, making it accessible even for users with minimal technical expertise.

Taskbar Management: Easily hide or reveal the taskbar according to your preferences. This feature is particularly handy when you want a distraction-free workspace.

Multi-Monitor Support: TranslucentTB seamlessly extends its features to multiple monitors, ensuring a consistent and harmonious taskbar experience.

User Interface

The program boasts an intuitive and user-friendly interface. The controls are neatly organized, and the software provides real-time previews of your customization choices, allowing you to fine-tune the appearance of your taskbar with ease. Whether you're a tech-savvy user or a beginner, you'll find the interface easy to navigate.

Installation and Setup
  • Installing TranslucentTB is a straightforward process. Follow these simple steps to get started:
  • Visit the official TranslucentTB website or download it from trusted sources like the Microsoft Store or GitHub.
  • Run the installation file and follow the on-screen instructions.
  • Once installed, launch the application.
  • Explore the customization options and adjust your taskbar to your liking.
  • It can be set to start automatically with Windows for convenience.
How to Use
  • Using TranslucentTB is as easy as customizing your taskbar:
  • Open TranslucentTB from your Start menu or system tray.
  • Adjust transparency, colors, and other settings using the intuitive controls.
  • Click the "Apply" button to see your changes take effect in real time.
  • Experiment with different styles until you achieve your desired taskbar appearance.
  • Enjoy your personalized and visually appealing taskbar.

Is TranslucentTB compatible with all versions of Windows?
TranslucentTB is compatible with Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, and Windows 11, including both 32-bit and 64-bit versions.

Can I revert to the default taskbar settings if I don't like my customizations?
Yes, it allows you to revert to the default taskbar settings at any time by clicking the "Restore Default" button.

Does TranslucentTB consume a lot of system resources?
No, the tool is lightweight and consumes minimal system resources, ensuring it won't slow down your computer.

Are there any known compatibility issues with other software or applications?
The app is designed to work seamlessly with most software, but there may be rare instances of compatibility issues with specific applications. Be sure to check for updates to resolve any potential conflicts.


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System Requirements
  • Operating System: Windows 7, 8, 10 or 11 (32-bit or 64-bit)
  • RAM: 2 GB or higher
  • Disk Space: 10 MB of free space
  • CPU: 1 GHz or faster processor
  • Extensive customization options for the Windows taskbar.
  • User-friendly interface suitable for all skill levels.
  • Lightweight and resource-efficient.
  • Real-time previews of customizations.
  • Multi-monitor support for a consistent experience.
  • Occasional compatibility issues with specific software.

TranslucentTB app may be a small application, but it does a lot to the appearance of the main user interface features of the Windows operating system. As more people learn about the application, they will definitely want to download it onto their computers as well.

Most people are surprised by the simplistic nature of the application. However, there should be some additional options added to it in the future. These might be options for modifying the translucency percentage and a wider choice of colors for the taskbar.

Overall, whether you're looking to enhance the visual appeal of your taskbar or streamline your workflow, TranslucentTB is a valuable addition to your Windows customization toolkit.

  • TranslucentTB 2024.1 Screenshots

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What's new in this version:

Bug fixes
- Fix portable builds not working if the TranslucentTB temporary directory didn't exist.
- Fix erroneous "Couldn't configure TAP to restore taskbar appearance once TranslucentTB dies." message in the log.
- Make Start opened, Search opened and Task View opened states work on newer builds of Windows 11.
- Fix crashes with GlazeWM and the Magnifier app.
- Increase the timeout for the XAML TAP to hopefully reduce the amount of "The wait operation timed out" and "Element not found" messages being seen.

Various improvements/changes:
- Support for Ukrainian locale.
- Improvements to German and Chinese translations.
- This releases uses a new GUID for the tray icon, because the ACS certificate subject is different than the previous certificate. Due to this, your preferences related to the tray icon will be reset.
- Remove the ttb: protocol, as it was an experiment for something that didn't end up working.