# Windows – How to disable taskbar transparency in Windows 8 desktop

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I'd like to disable taskbar transparency in Windows 8 desktop. On Win7 disabling Aero was a hack to accomplish this goal, but this post from how-to-geek to disable Aero in Win7 & Vista no longer works in Windows 8. Is there another way to disable taskbar transparency in Windows 8 desktop?

Edit: On Win8 Aero was removed but the taskbar is transparent (the desktop background picture is slightly visible 'behind' the taskbar). When I'm using the taskbar to switch programs I don't like seeing artifacts 'bleeding-through', I find it distracting.

You can do it if you switch to the Aero lite theme, see How to Enable Hidden “Aero Lite” Theme in Windows 8 and Later? and How to disable transparency in Windows 8's taskbar?.

1. Open C:\windows\resources\themes\*.theme with notepad.

2. Under the key [VisualStyles] change the pointer to Aero.msstyles to point to AeroLite.msstyles.

3. Save the file (you can't actually, so save it to another location).

4. Double click your .theme file