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I figured out how to remove the blur from the taskbar!


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I believe Windows Visual Styles designers will love me for this. 
 
PS: No dirty wallpaper hacks or tricks are in use here, just pure transparency minus blur!
 
Proof:
Attached File  Untitled.png   67.76KB   9 downloads

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So, are you going to share the secret?

 

Cheers and Regards


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So, are you going to share the secret?

 

Cheers and Regards

Yes, I will release my program after I am done programming the way to re-enable the blur. It's only a ~9KB application, but it does require .NET 4.0 or higher.


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Here you guys go: https://dl.dropboxus...rToggle_002.zip
 
The readme.txt has all the information you need to know about how to use this.
 
Enjoy  :w00t:

Edited by Dblake1, 08 November 2013 - 10:48 AM.

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Work appreciated.  Cheers!



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EDIT: Apparently avast detects the GUI as a virus. It's a false positive.

 

I recommend you do what you must to resolve this issue.


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Alright, 0.0.2 is uploaded: https://dl.dropboxus...rToggle_002.zip

 

Apparently, since I was using a Windows icon, avast has a problem with it. I just did a quick edit on the icon and it no longer detects it as a virus.


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Clamwin, with about a month old vir definition update, finds no problem with the mentioned file above when downloaded. Cheers!

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but it does require .NET 4.0 or higher.

 


 

 

tbh this sucks
why don't you make normal win32 app ?

 

 


 


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but it does require .NET 4.0 or higher.

 

tbh this sucks
why don't you make normal win32 app ?

 

Jeez, I thought I was being nice by releasing this at all. Silly me.

 

If it sucks so much, then why bother commenting? Use the app or don't, I honestly don't care either way.  That being said, if you want to make a pure C++ GUI application that toggles the taskbar blur with the ability to run at startup and has support for taskbar position changes, be my guest. I happened to already have scraps from an old project laying around. I honestly don't see the point of wasting time re-creating this from scratch in C++ when the existing app works perfectly fine. The methods I use are complex by C# standards, which means they would be about 10x more complex and take about 10x longer to debug and write in C++.


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but it does require .NET 4.0 or higher.

 
tbh this sucks
why don't you make normal win32 app ?

 
Jeez, I thought I was being nice by releasing this at all. Silly me.

 
Of course it's quite nice of you to release it as it is!
That goes without saying! :yes: And I, for one, thank you very much for it. :thumbup
Now, while I don't think anyone should be complaining, I do think you might perhaps consider recompiling it with VC# 2005 instead (if at all possible), because that would reduce the .NET framework version required to 2.0, making it much lighter. The Visual C# 2005 Express Edition ISO continues to be available for free from MS, although they don't advertise it. Of course, VC# 2008 would do nicely as well, since the product is intended for Win 7, but when thinking about lighting a .NET application, VC# 2005 is perhaps the best option in what regards the funcionality to overall size ratio.  

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TY... made note of this as I have acquired a "new-used" Win7 Pro OEM (legit refurb) machine.


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Ha ha ha, Dblake1, I bet you thought I was being unnecessarily precise/pedantic in the .Net info I

(PM) asked you about / brought to your attention...  better give these Lions above something to

chew on with their complaints about .Net... hope you return again to post in this Colosseum. Cheers

P.S. just in case he doesn't return anytime soon;

...the full .Net 4.0 is available from here;

(note the Prerequisites of;

Windows Installer 3.1 or later

Internet Explorer 5.01 or later)

http://www.microsoft...s.aspx?id=17718

dotNetFx40_Full_x86_x64.exe  48 MB

and within above webpage is also seen download link for the .Net 4.0 x86 (no x64) installer;

http://download.micr...40_Full_x86.exe

dotNetFx40_Full_x86.exe    35MB

Of course, it still expands out to something horrifyingly large, but at least the initial download

isn't too unreasonable....


Edited by buyerninety, 10 November 2013 - 06:53 PM.


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I'd imagine it would take more work in order to not use the DWM API to change things. Has this been tested in Windows 8 at all? The documentation on MSDN says that DWM was changed in Windows 8 so that these types of things would no longer work.


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I'd imagine it would take more work in order to not use the DWM API to change things. Has this been tested in Windows 8 at all? The documentation on MSDN says that DWM was changed in Windows 8 so that these types of things would no longer work.

 

The Windows 8 taskbar still uses DWM to render the background. If one uses DwmEnableBlurBehindWindow() on the taskbar in Windows 8. it turns opaque. In fact, that is how StartIsBack and other utilities turn the taskbar opaque.


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https://dl.dropboxus...rToggle_020.zip

 

Get it while I still host it.


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I don't know what you did, but the result looks nice.

 

My Win7 desktop looks fresher without the taskbar blur now I care about wallpaper again.  (Bing I'm afraid.. they do have interesting stuff daily....)

 

Is there a simple reg hack or something that does the same job?


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I don't know what you did, but the result looks nice.

 

My Win7 desktop looks fresher without the taskbar blur now I care about wallpaper again.  (Bing I'm afraid.. they do have interesting stuff daily....)

 

Is there a simple reg hack or something that does the same job?

No, this requires an external program to edit the way DWM draws blur on the taskbar. It's simply not possible with a registry edit.


Edited by Dblake1, 13 November 2013 - 05:18 PM.

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but it does require .NET 4.0 or higher.

 

tbh this sucks
why don't you make normal win32 app ?

 

I believe Windows Visual Styles designers will love me for this. 
 
PS: No dirty wallpaper hacks or tricks are in use here, just pure transparency minus blur!

 

your app sounds great, would love to have it, but your download link is unavailable. Shows 509 error great job and contribution!



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Seems the link has expired along with Dblake1 as well.

 

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Try here.



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Thanks for the update Luxman.

 

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@Dblake1: Thank you for having reduced your tool's .NET requirements to 2.0! :yes:



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This Winaero tool "Aero Taskbar Transparency"  will also enable and disable opaque for the taskbar.

http://www.mediafire...-Tranparent.rar

 

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