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Fade.Taskbar 2.0
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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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NightFuryYoshi64's avatar
NightFuryYoshi64|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I there! I'm not sure if you still upkeep this,  but I recently had issues with Fade Taskbar.
It's been working well since I got my Windows 8 laptop, but just this past week it's been killing itself as a process every time it's started,  whether manually or automatically at logon. 

The problem is that double clicking the executive has it show up on the tray area,  but at this point the process has started and closed.  The icon still remains in the tray area, but nothing is faded in the taskbar. Instead- when the mouse is hovered over the icon in the tray area,  the icon disappears.
It seems to lag out this way when launched,  I have not installed software recently and I have BitDefender as my anti-virus.  Though it doesn't show any signs of complications. Do you have any ideas in mind?
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testingguy123's avatar
I checked "start with windows" but it never does. I checked the startup tab of task manager and it's not there either. I am on windows 10. I will see if running as administrator will help. Anyone know any fix?
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ItsPandaMania's avatar
ItsPandaMania|Hobbyist Digital Artist
how do you change the ocpacity back from 100% i cant bring up the tray to change it, help please!!
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PreOqio's avatar
PreOqio|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc (Task Manager), find FadeTaskbar.exe, select it and click End Process. :D
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dan2010's avatar
Very well done job ! but i have issues with it, can you please provide a new link for the uncompressed version _

Thank U
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masterJehu's avatar
masterJehu|Student Writer
really appreciate this XD
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WilsonLeviticus's avatar
How do I uninstall this? I have some kind of bug that prevents my PC from sleeping so I'm unstalling software until I can get it working properly to figure out what's causing it. I deleted all the files but that note file keeps poping up when I start Windows.
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Ritwyk's avatar
Ritwyk|Hobbyist Interface Designer
From your Start menu, expand the Startup program group and delete the shortcut to this program.
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iXDante's avatar
Could you make it work with programs, so when google chrome and other programs are open the bar fades away and the program moves over then when we hover it comes back 
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3stanTflip's avatar
This works great, but can you include custom start orbs? It doesn't fade it.
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Ritwyk's avatar
Ritwyk|Hobbyist Interface Designer
The persistence of the Start Orb is annoying, for sure. I'm also reasonably certain it can be hidden, and I'll implement it in the next version.
If you want to customize the Orb, look for Kishan Bagaria's "Windows 7 Start Button Changer".
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0liverr's avatar
This is exactly what I've been looking for but it never starts up with Windows, even though the box is checked and I've run it as admin. Any ideas? 
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Ritwyk's avatar
Ritwyk|Hobbyist Interface Designer
Browse to your Startup folder (%appdata%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup) and create a shortcut to the Fade.Taskbar executable there.
It should start up with Windows every time.
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0liverr's avatar
Thanks buddy I'll give that a go. 
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petrzlebek|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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Ritwyk's avatar
Ritwyk|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's avatar
thanks for this its awsome :-)
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saisai12's avatar
Please tell me how to make only the bar transparent but not the icons?
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Ritwyk's avatar
Ritwyk|Hobbyist Interface Designer
As of now, that is not possible. I can definitely see the appeal, though.
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hoody8's avatar
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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Ritwyk's avatar
Ritwyk|Hobbyist Interface Designer
The next major version will have it (whenever it comes out).
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ColdShadow37's avatar
Hi !
It's possible to make transparent only the taskbar but not icon ?

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Ritwyk's avatar
Ritwyk|Hobbyist Interface Designer
If by "icon" you mean the Start button/orb, that's what it does currently.
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ikillfreaky's avatar
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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