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How to Increase the Transparency of Windows 10 Start Menu and Taskbar

How to Increase the Transparency of Windows 10 Start Menu and Taskbar
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Windows 10 allows limited control over the transparency of the Taskbar, Action Center, and Start menu. You can make it transparent or solid in Settings. It is a bit transparent by default, but you might want to add a higher level. Here’s a look at how to increase the transparency by hacking the Registry.
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