Customizable Windows taskbar effects.

Overview

RainbowTaskbar

Lightweight utility for Windows taskbar customization. Supports color effects, transitions, blur, images, rounded corners and transparency. Tested on Windows 11, 10, 7 and even Vista!

Conflicts with TranslucentTB! Close it before running RainbowTaskbar




Table of contents

Getting started

First off, grab yourself the hottest new release at https://github.com/ad2017gd/RainbowTaskbar/releases.

RainbowTaskbar is a portable app, so there's no installing required.

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This is a one-time prompt, only visible if there is no config file present. You can always toggle it under the system tray menu. If you change the location of the executable, make sure to toggle the option in the menu, and set it back on.

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This will pop up when you start RainbowTaskbar if there is an update available. If you click Cancel, but change your mind, you have to manually remove the registry key located at HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\RainbowTaskbarNoUpdate.

Usage

Tray icon

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This is what you first see when you start up RainbowTaskbar, apart from the taskbar itself. Used to access the editor, examples, and different options.

You can click on it to bring the editor up, or right click to see the options.

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Editor

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This is the editor. It works by showing you all the config lines, and a helper GUI for them.

You can use the + - buttons to add or remove config lines.

There are currently 6 basic options, listed below.


Color

Color effects are a basic option for RainbowTaskbar. In the editor, they are previewed on the top.

Supported color effects are:

  • Solid (none) - solid color
  • Fade (fade) - fade in color, supports transitions
  • Gradient (grad) - 2 color gradient, along the width
  • Fade gradient (fgrd) - fade in gradient, supports transitions

Supported transitions are:

  • Linear (no easing)
  • Sine
  • Cubic
  • Exponential
  • Back
c 750 0 200 255 fgrd 255 0 180 400 2
c 100 255 255 255 grad 255 255 255 2

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Transparency

The transparency of the underlay, or the actual taskbar, can be altered. You can also toggle blur on the taskbar.

Supported transparency effects are:

  • Taskbar (1) - change taskbar alpha
  • RnbTsk (2) - change underlay alpha
  • Both (3) - change taskbar and underlay alpha
  • Blur (4) - toggle taskbar blur
t 4
t 2 180
t 1 230

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Bitmaps

Bitmap (.bmp) images can be added on RainbowTaskbar. They can also blend with other color effects by altering the transparency. If your bitmap doesn't work, try opening it in Paint and saving it again.

i 0 0 0 0 C:\troll.bmp 128
c 200 32 128 64 fgrd 80 60 230 500

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Delays

Delays can be used to sleep for an amount of time. They can be used along with bitmaps, to replicate animated images.

i 0 0 0 0 C:\penguins_1.bmp 255
w 15
i 0 0 0 0 C:\penguins_2.bmp 255
w 15
...
i 0 0 0 0 C:\penguins_63.bmp 255
w 15

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Randomizer

The randomizer can be used to create random color effects. It obsoletes the color parameters of the next color effect and replaces it with random ones. It has no parameters.

r
c 1 0 0 0 fgrd 0 0 0 1000

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Rounded corners

Rounded corners are defined using a border radius. The GUI border radius maximum value is set to 64 pixels. Doesn't work on Windows 7 or Vista

b 20

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Examples

Examples can now be found in the system tray menu.

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License

The app is distributed under the MIT License. See LICENSE for more information.

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Comments
  • Easier way to Exit & Quit to default/Customize mutiple units [Feature Request]

    Easier way to Exit & Quit to default/Customize mutiple units [Feature Request]

    When you Right Click Exit, Task Bar remains transparent to the Windows blue, Restart to get the Task Bar back to default Black. Can a option be added to return to default?

    Those with 2 or more units, a easy menu way to customize, so you have a different color scheme for each unit, making it easier to tell which unit immediately is which. Ideal for multiple units, to set a color, scheme, to label them.

    bug enhancement 
    opened by big610 14
  • Add Version Number

    Add Version Number

    Add the ability to see the version number: In the app, Hovering the mouse over the file adding File version:, and when you compress zip your file - when uploading that preserves your original date & time as another way to identify versions matching that to your Releases. Thnx.

    opened by big610 11
  • Replace the config preview with labels

    Replace the config preview with labels

    image

    This looks too confusing to new users. Should be replaced with labels and maybe some formatting. Or could be completely rewritten to look even better (won't happen most probably)

    For example the above image can be replaced with something like :

    Enable blur
    Set RainbowTaskbar transparency to 20
    Linear 50ms fade gradient from #ff0000 to #ff9a00 for 1ms
    ...
    

    Feel free to comment on this issue if you have any other suggestions (or objections).

    enhancement 
    opened by ad2017gd 3
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