Sidebar Is Now Transparent

Apr 17, 2009

In Windows Vista, I lost my Sidebar settings. The Gagets are still there, but the color of the Sidebar is now transparant; I can see the desktop wallpaper right through the Sidebar. How do I make the sidebar itself, solid grey (non-transparent) ?


Customize Your Sidebar With Windows Sidebar Styler

Aug 20, 2007

Stanimir Stoyanov has create a very useful application that automates customizing the appearance of the Windows Vista sidebar. If you change you skin your visual style and want your sidebar to match or just do not like the default black gradation look, Windows Sidebar Styler makes it very easy to change the look.

Visit Stanimir Stoyanov’s blog and download the latest version ...

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This is my 1st post so be gentle with me. I have tried to resolve this problem on Computeractive Forums to no avail and was pointed to your community as a possible saviour. The problem is I cannot install any GADGETS at all.

- I have checked that the file associations is OK
- I've tried to directly from Windows Gallery
- I've tried to on my PC
- I've been through and carried out the suggested Register changes
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