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This tab gives you the ability to change the level of transparency & blur of a skin. Even if the skin you like does not include these features, you can add them through this tab. Not all skins support all of these features, so your tab may look different, depending on what skin you have selected. Skins that support transparency, may not allow all areas to be changed. If Blur is not supported, you will see a "Reset" button under each area to reset to the default transparency setting).
When blur is added to a transparent area, it makes objects (i.e. text, icons, wallpaper) behind it look blurry/fuzzy. Without blur, the objects appear sharp in detail and text is readable. The preview area will reflect any changes made on this screen. Here are some examples of transparency and blur from the preview to give you a better idea of what this looks like. Since the real start menu will have text, it would be opaque and legible.
To change how transparent an area is, drag the slider under the area (i.e. Start Menu) you want to change or click along the horizontal line and watch the preview to get the desired effect.
The further you move the to the left, the more transparent (i.e. see-thru) the skin becomes. Moving to the far right makes it less transparent (i.e. less see-thru, more opaque, solid in color). Click on the picture of the area (i.e. start menu) to return the to the default setting for the skin.
To enable blur, check the "Force blur effect" box under the area you want to apply it to. You can adjust the transparency & turn blur on (checked) or off (unchecked) to obtain the desired results in the preview.
To restore all transparency & blur settings back to the defaults for the selected skin, click "Reset all" (below Vista-ize™ me).
The "Vista-ize™ me" feature is the last option to the right. It overrides the skin with 5% transparency and enables blur on all areas (if your version of Windows supports it) to these areas: start menu, taskbar, window frames and menus. If you are running Vista and the skin you selected is not using these features you can add them. If you are running Windows XP or Windows 7, you can make your desktop look like Vista.
To restore all transparency & blur settings changed by Vista-ize™ me, click "Reset all" (below Vista-ize™ me).
After making any changes, click "Apply changes" to change your desktop. Clicking (far right, under preview) will close the "Transparency" tab and return to the "Visual Styles" tab.