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Fade.Taskbar 2.0 by Ritwyk Fade.Taskbar 2.0 by Ritwyk
If you like to keep your desktop clean so you can admire the wallpaper, you probably find the Windows taskbar a bit of an eyesore.

Fade.Taskbar lets you make it more transparent so you can see right through it, yet faintly see the open application tabs. Hovering over the taskbar brings it to full opacity quickly and smoothly!

New in version 2.0:
+ ability to save settings
+ animated transitions
+ revamped interface
+ full opacity control
+ smaller filesize

Updates:
- ESC key unavailable while application running: fixed (20/11/2011)

Requirements:
Windows XP/Vista/7, 256 MB RAM
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:iconpetrzlebek:
petrzlebek Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for this utility. I love it. What about support of two (multiple) monitors? On my computer Fade.Taskbar 2.0 works only on primary monitor. Taskbar on the secondary monitor is not fading. My OS is Win 8.1 64 bit. Thanks.
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:iconritwyk:
Ritwyk Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I'm glad you found it useful.

I didn't really think about multiple monitors then, and haven't had time to actively develop it since version 2. I can't make any promises, but I will definitely look into it when I can find the the time.
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666demogorgon13 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014
thanks for this its awsome :-)
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:iconsaisai12:
saisai12 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013
Please tell me how to make only the bar transparent but not the icons?
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:iconritwyk:
Ritwyk Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
As of now, that is not possible. I can definitely see the appeal, though.
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:iconhoody8:
hoody8 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013
no updates to this 2.0 yet? 

what about looking into the effect of leaving the taskbar icons alone and just glass the taskbar?

there is this program that does this called Aero for Windows 8, but it has a very annoying nag popup every now and than. maybe you can look into the .dll he uses though and see how he manages to glass the taskbar while still leaving the taskbar icons alone.  glass8.berlios.de/
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:iconritwyk:
Ritwyk Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
The next major version will have it (whenever it comes out).
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:iconcoldshadow37:
ColdShadow37 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013
Hi !
It's possible to make transparent only the taskbar but not icon ?

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:iconritwyk:
Ritwyk Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
If by "icon" you mean the Start button/orb, that's what it does currently.
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:iconikillfreaky:
ikillfreaky Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013
He probably meant the shortcuts in the taskbar and is there an option to turn that off? (I use my keyboard to open the start menu and if the start button would disappear too, it would be awesome).
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RedeKitv Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013
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:iconredekitv:
RedeKitv Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013
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:iconredekitv:
RedeKitv Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013
how to downlowad
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:iconritwyk:
Ritwyk Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Look on the right hand side of the page for a green arrow with a link that says "Download File".
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dtuzr Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013
Great Work! Thx !:D
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:iconfrancisforward:
FrancisForward Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
works even with win8 x64 :clap:

but taskbar is not available when totally transparent :(
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:iconritwyk:
Ritwyk Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
That's true. For now, all I can suggest is that you set the opacity to 1 instead of 0. An observant person can tell the difference, but it's pretty damn close.
I'll try to iron this out sometime.
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:iconfrancisforward:
FrancisForward Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013
would be great! Your app is worth it ;)
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:iconredekitv:
RedeKitv Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013
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:iconfrancisforward:
FrancisForward Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013
thanks for reply... But I don't understand the link :(
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:iconfeniceazzurra:
feniceazzurra Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
Great! Thanks!
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:iconfeniceazzurra:
feniceazzurra Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
Great! Thanks!
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:iconmr01smith:
mr01smith Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
you make my day.thanks
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ds51-A Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You just have to add ONE more simple thing and this would be the BEST tweak on my computer: PLEASE ADD Fade delay like when you leave the taskbar, it will fade out in 2 or 3 seconds (depends on how the user wants)
THANK YOU FOR THIS WONDERFUL TWEAK
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:iconjchristofer:
JChristofer Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
quit teasing me! :Anger:
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:iconritwyk:
Ritwyk Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
:iconno-face-plz:
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:icontoraricky:
toraricky Featured By Owner May 8, 2012
awesome work, I loved it from the first moment I got it running on my desk
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:icontoraricky:
toraricky Featured By Owner May 8, 2012
not to mention that I subscribed to deviant just to say "thank you"!
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:iconritwyk:
Ritwyk Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thank YOU very much!
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:icon0813dd:
0813dd Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
Since there is no simple way to a completely transparent taskbar with a 100% opaque icons, I set this to 1% and now i have the next best solution. 98/100.

If only there is anything out there that will allow me to click right through the empty space on the taskbar? On a big screen TV some windows don't fit.

Thanks Ritwyk
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:icon99xpress:
99xpress Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012
malware..:(
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:iconritwyk:
Ritwyk Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks for the report!

All AHK scripts compressed with MPRESS/UPX during compilation turn up as trojans, because many simple trojans are compressed using UPX. I've used MPRESS to cut down on the file size, not to sneak in any bugs!

I'll post an uncompressed version if required, but be assured, there's no malware.
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:icon99xpress:
99xpress Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012
can i get an uncompressed version?
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:iconritwyk:
Ritwyk Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Download the uncompressed version here. I've also updated the main download (used UPX instead of MPRESS) to further reduce the size. Just to be sure, you can test the file at VirusTotal.
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shubhankarbhowmick Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011
Ritwyk, its a wonderful application......Thanks a lot......
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:iconritwyk:
Ritwyk Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks man!
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:iconkaichup:
kaichup Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011
yay! thanks for the update!
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:iconritwyk:
Ritwyk Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks, I'm glad you like it!
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:iconthelostbeegee:
theLostBeeGee Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks in advance ! (I haven't installed it just yet, my laptop (Windows 7) isnt currently turned on...) :)
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:iconritwyk:
Ritwyk Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Great! I hope you find it useful!
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DasDVS1 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011
Fantastically fabulous! [Thank you very much] But only if there was an option where as it will do my taxes…now that would be perfect.
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:iconritwyk:
Ritwyk Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks a lot, man!
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:icondasdvs1:
DasDVS1 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011
Simply superb! We will be looking forward to the next release; including higher opacity settings and save settings. Also, if you can please either have it fade to the opacity setting once we move the mouse pointer away from taskbar, instead of it just switching from 100% opacity to the faded opacity, and or have a setting so we can adjust the speed of the fading sequence. Keep up the good work!
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:iconkaichup:
kaichup Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011
yeah, the more settings the better!
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:iconkaichup:
kaichup Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011
i cannot save my settings. it always revert back to 40%, also can u make it with more option up to 100%
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:iconritwyk:
Ritwyk Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Yeah, that bugs me too. The next release will definitely be able to save settings.
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:iconkaichup:
kaichup Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011
thanks for the reply!
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Sand-And-Mercury Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I've been looking for something like this forever and could never find anything that did the job properly. Thanks so much!
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