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Change the Vista Taskbar to Any Color(s) You Want

Want to have a colorful task bar in Vista? Learn how to achieve the above look in this guide.

Change the Vista Taskbar to Any Color(s) You Want 2

Achieving this effect is very simple. Simply paste a color bar over the top of your wallpaper and set the new image as wallpaper. Now when you are viewing the desktop in Vista (with Aero enabled) you can see a colorful effect on your task bar.

Creating Your Wallpaper to Change the Taskbar Color

1. Open your wallpaper in Photoshop/Paint.Net etc

2. Create a new layer with the bars provided below and align the bar to the bottom of the wallpaper

3. Save the file and set it as your wallpaper

4. Now, when you are viewing your desktop with Aero enabled, you will see a colorful bar

I put together some Photoshop and Bitmap files you can use these as the top layer — or you can make your own.

Sample Files to Use to Create Rainbow Taskbar Effect

Resolution (Width)PSD FilesBMP Files
1024DownloadDownload
1152DownloadDownload
1280DownloadDownload
1600DownloadDownload

Screenshots of Rainbow Task Bars

Change the Vista Taskbar to Any Color(s) You Want Screenshot 1

Change the Vista Taskbar to Any Color(s) You Want Screenshot 2



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  • Lucien

    It’s really quick and dirty.

    What about taking into account the real height of the taskbar ?
    What about the position of the toolbar (bottom, up, right, left) ?
    What about if you change randomly the wallpaper ?

    You have to adapt your solution to all this case. Quite boring !

  • Lucien

    It’s really quick and dirty.

    What about taking into account the real height of the taskbar ?
    What about the position of the toolbar (bottom, up, right, left) ?
    What about if you change randomly the wallpaper ?

    You have to adapt your solution to all this case. Quite boring !

  • Lucien

    It’s really quick and dirty.

    What about taking into account the real height of the taskbar ?
    What about the position of the toolbar (bottom, up, right, left) ?
    What about if you change randomly the wallpaper ?

    You have to adapt your solution to all this case. Quite boring !

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  • Rudyonerz

    hey i was wondering how i can get my icon and all that to b on top like in the picture- mac look- my computer was acting up and wen i llogged on it was like that but changed by itself back to the regular settings.how can i get it bak?

  • Rudyonerz

    i forgot to mention i hav windows 7-that link says it works for vista and xp ?wat do u suggest and thank you

  • Yes, it works with Windows 7.


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