Windows 7 Tutorial

Enable or disable transparency in Windows 7 (Aero theme)

Part of the beauty of the Windows 7 operating system comes from its "Aero effects", which were first introduced (in a smaller scale) with Windows Vista. Part of the Aero experience is the "transparent glass" that surrounds program windows, and makes the taskbar and start menu.

Customize opacity and transparency settings in Windows 7
In reality, as you can tell from the screenshot, these effects are more translucent than transparent: objects and text in the background are blurred out to prevent them from becoming too distracting. But, if you find transparency distracting, Windows 7 lets you have the best of both worlds by using opaque windows / taskbar / start menu, which retaining the rest of the rich Aero effects.


Disable / turn off transparent windows and start menu

Follow these steps to make your windows, start menu, and taskbar opaque in Windows 7:

Note: transparent effects in Windows 7 are part of the "Aero experience"; if you switch to the Classic Theme in Windows 7, you will not have any sort of transparency (which is why basic editions of Windows 7 designed for netbooks or underpowered laptop favor the Classic theme, which is much less demanding on your graphics card than the full Aero effects).

Enable / turn on transparency in Windows 7 

If you decide to go back to transparent windows, start menu, and taskbar, no problem: Windows 7 lets you switch back to the full Aero effects at any time. Just use the same steps explained above, but this time, check the "Enable transparency" checkbox before clicking on "Save changes"!

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