How to Make Taskbar Opaque in Windows 10

While everybody was waiting for the Windows 9, Microsoft decided to surprise everybody with Windows 10. Microsoft skipped version 9 and chose 10 to indicate a version of Windows that stands apart from the previous versions in the way it is designed. But if you take a quick cursory look at Windows 10, it looks more or less like Windows 8. Just like the Windows 8 desktop, it also has a transparent taskbar that can look a little distracting for the regular user. If you want to make this transparent tasbar look opaque and reduce the transparency to zero, then you can use the free Opaque Taskbar tool from WinAero.

The Opaque Taskbar tool is a very simple tool designed by WinAero developers that takes care of the taskbar transparency in Windows 10. In fact, the same tool can also be used in your older computers running Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 for making the taskbar opaque.

This tool, Opaque Toolbar, is available as a portable program, i.e., you do not have to install it on your computer. You can just download the program from the WinAero website, extract the contents to a folder and execute either the 32-bit or the 64-bit version of the program. In order to turn off the taskbar transparency, you can click on the Disable Taskbar Transparency button and it is instantly turned off. You can click on the Enable Taskbar Transparency button to bring back the taskbar transparency once again.

Opaque Taskbar

You can place a checkmark in the checkbox to Disable Transparency at Windows Startup checkbox to let it automatically disable the transparency of the taskbar as soon as you start Windows. You are shown a confirmation box to make it stay in memory to handle theme and color changes.

Opaque Taskbar

Conclusion: Windows 10 taskbar transparency can be completely turned off by using the Opaque Taskbar tool from WinAero. It is useful if the transparent taskbar rubs you the wrong way and you cannot work with it staring in your eyes.

You can download the Opaque Taskbar from