sweatyfish's avatar

:: Taskbar Drop Shadow ::

By sweatyfish
615 Favourites
Made a simple app to add a drop shadow to your taskbar. One .exe for a taskbar on the bottom, and one for the taskbar on top. Use whichever you need...

No installation, just copy to your %Program Files% folder. And run whichever .exe you need.

Instructions included.

-Adjustable opacity (darkness)
-Option to run at startup

Other than the ability to right click the shadow, it is non intrusive and doesn't show anything in the system tray.

Right click the shadow to choose preferences or to close it.

There may be a very slight chance that this won't work for your setup. Therefore, no support is given for this program.
© 2008 - 2020 sweatyfish
anonymous's avatar
Join the community to add your comment. Already a deviant? Log In
Kimba's avatar
Almost 2020 and I still use this little jewel on every install that I make of Windows (from XP to 10).

Awesome!!! =D
A-Margrave's avatar

Same here! Still using this awesome tool!

PuteraTheOctopus's avatar
PuteraTheOctopusHobbyist Interface Designer
MikkoCruz24's avatar
how do i open this? (install) sorry new to rainmeter. =) 
nikhilfelix's avatar
my drop shadow did not see any solution for uninstall
ProgressLanguage's avatar
My guess is to Kill it through TaskManager > Processes, and then delete the file in Program Files
ohmygod1993's avatar
Two suggestions:
1. Add an option to make the window not responding to any mouse or keyboard events(I mean WS_EX_TRANSPARENT property)
2. When the program is already running, run the executable again will open the preference dialog.
coni90's avatar
since my principal monitor is center, the png of the shadow keeps continuing for the next monitor (the 3rd).. but the left side has no shadow...  for more perspective im gonna try to xplain like this:
have 3 monitors on my rig so i figure it out that the app on the temporary folder has an png that has  the resolution of , say, 1920*26pix , so it has the res for 1 monitor there... and here is the deal... i manage to edit that png to reatch my res,  (witch is 5670*1080p all 3 monitor in one) only had to modifi that 1960 by the 5670 of my 3 way set up...

but wait it has 1 little "flaw" *kind of*... if i use eyefinity .. it runs perfectly ... but because i want more productivity i like to use my 3 monis by separate desktops, then i use my center monitor as the main ... but finnaly geting this:


it will be terrific to add a "pivot" or centration feature to aling the png or "shadow" , or simply adding a multimonitor support...

oh nvm there is no support for this app.... anybody=¿???
coni90's avatar
any multi-monitor support for the taskbar in Windows 7? Thanks!
dpcdpc11's avatar
dpcdpc11Professional Interface Designer
I know this is an older software but would it be possible to have multi-monitor support for the taskbar in Windows 8? Thanks!
Mina-The-Cat's avatar
Mina-The-CatHobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you~ It looks awesome! <3
Heav3ns's avatar
Can i ask how to uninstall this ? Because it seems that I deleted the folder but the shadow still appears on my taskbar. ;_;
helderm's avatar
do you have the wallpaper?
Yoluu's avatar
YoluuProfessional Digital Artist
You speak Español? :D
KeeperOfMeatballs's avatar
KeeperOfMeatballsHobbyist Photographer
Holy shit nevermind! Thanks to ~zeblade , its all set! Thanks so much!!
KeeperOfMeatballs's avatar
KeeperOfMeatballsHobbyist Photographer
I can't get it to start. It used to but then I had to restart and now it won't :(( any ideas?? anything would be great, thanks
Ethanius's avatar
One quirk with this - the shadow, when applied to a top positioned task bar, and set to "always on top", so that the taskbar always has a 3D emphasis over a maximized window, currently blocks click-access to any buttons (like min, max, close buttons for example) that are within the shadow area. If you could make the shadow "click-through", this would make it perfect. 
220v110's avatar
Could you add a custom height? I want to use it alway on top, but top shadow hides min, max and close menu for maximized windows.
zeblade's avatar
If it stops working try "C:\Users\YOUR NAME\AppData\Local\Stardock\DesktopX and delete GadgetCache"
anonymous's avatar
Join the community to add your comment. Already a deviant? Log In