DarkWader, on Dec 15 2005, 11:58 AM, said:
Zxian, on Nov 24 2005, 09:22 AM, said:
The latter takes a bit of know-how, and should probably be described elsewhere by someone who's actually done it (DarkWader perhaps..?).
Ah, I didnt see this post before now.
I would have made that "howto" earlier, but since WB5 is released now, and mostly everyone has it, I wont bother doing that..
Unless someone begs me to
Its quite simple actually.
Resize the wallpaper to the screen resolution, cut the bottom of the wallpaper so that it will fit the taskbar.
Use Paintshop and create a 2 layer image, by using the taskbar bitmap and add a new layer that's around 70% opacue, paste the wallpaper cut and merge these two layers.
Use a program called ResEdit to edit the msstyle, and change the taskbar bitmap to the one you made in paintshop.
I realize this is an old post, but for others in the future I thought I'd post a simpler solution. At least if you own an Nvidia card. The NView option in the Nvidia drivers have supported changing the opacity of the Taskbar for some time now. From the classic Nvidia controls (might be possible from the new control panel, but I can't find it), go to Desktop Management and enable NView. Then scroll down to Effects and "Enable taskbar transparency" and set the desired level of opacity. Bingo. Though I have found when I play videos that the transparency turns off. And sometimes if a program is "using" the previously played video file, I have to close and reopen that file (whether it be a web browser, or some other program), before the transparency returns to normal.