Transparent Start Menu?

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by FunkyBunnies, Mar 21, 2002.

  1. FunkyBunnies

    FunkyBunnies Guest

    How do you make your start menu transparent? I've seen it on some desktop screenshots....
     
  2. Sweens

    Sweens Guest

    Transparent

    Hello,

    I use a tiny and free program calles Glass2k.

    You can download it from http://www.chime.tv/gui.shtml.

    Enjoy !

    Greetings,
    René
     
  3. FunkyBunnies

    FunkyBunnies Guest

    Thanks! That's a NICE little app! Although, my system gets REALLY slow if I use it for Internet Explorer or Outlook Express....I have:

    900 Mhz Althlon
    256 PC100 RAM
    GeForce 2 MX-200 32MB AGP

    I will be getting a GeForce 4 MX-440 64 MB DDR AGP 4X monday though, we'll see how it handles it....
     
  4. O_o

    O_o Guest

    Doesn't really matter what type of system specs you have, Glass2K is still going to make your computer run slower. I tried it out on my 1600+ (1.4ghz) Athlon XP awhile back and it went pretty slow. Basically, if you are going to use it, it might be a good idea to apply transparent to a min. number of applications.
     
  5. dubster

    dubster Guest

    Glass works, to a point...

    The main thing I want to make transparent are the menus that appear from start menu; All Programs, Favourites, etc.
    Glass makes the start menu itself nicely transparent, and any other program/window you choose can do the same, but the programs menu is not transparent at all, & thus looks really outta place on my desktop.

    Am I missing something, or isn't this very possible ?? :(

    Cheers & happy tweakin....
    Jay_Dubster
     
  6. Sweens

    Sweens Guest

    Hi,

    You're right about Glass2k. It does make only a part of the startmenu transparent.
    Another program wich does it all is Transxp, but this one is shareware:(

    Greetings
     
  7. Azzuron

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    You can use WindowFX and Glass2k, i have a Geforce 2 card and experience very minimal slow down for menu transparencies, ofcourse bigger menus make slower speeds, but for the most part my menus are small. Its not glass 2k thats slow, its windows. Glass2k just applys some internal window functions to window handles. 3d cards that support transparencies and such make it faster... like my geforce2, even a vanta tnt2 was better than a normal video card. i can run full screen IE windows fairly well really... a friend of mine with a gefoce 4 says he gets 5 concurent full screen IE windows goin in trans mode no slowdowns... so dont say the programs slow :) .


    PS Be sure you turn off menu shadows. Appearence on Display Properties. Click Effects...i suggest turning off all menu effects when using transparencies...Mine pop up without a thought...i just notice that the shadows were on :X. That does slow it down.
     
  8. Bman

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    where can i get windowsFX ???
     
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  10. Bman

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    i tryed glass2k but it only made the taskbar transparent ! ??
     
  11. Cosmin

    Cosmin Graphic Designer

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    Well try to play with those settings again , u will succeed .
    If you get a Geforce 4 card u can use nview setting : transparent .
     
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    Don't need a GeForce4 card ... the nView transparency setting can be used with any nVidia card if you have the Detonator drivers
     
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    whatever .. but not all nvidia cards have nview ;)
     
  14. NetRyder

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    They do ... if you have the Dets installed. I tried it on a TNT2 M64 :)
     
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