Windows XP, Windows 2000
Adjust the transparency of your active and inactive windows, taskbar, and desktop with this small application, which suffers from a minor performance glitch. Ghost-It places an icon on your system tray, with options to independently configure the transparency levels of your active window and inactive windows. It comes with a fade effect option and you can decide if you'd like a warning before the transparency of the taskbar and desktop are adjusted. We like that we can define a hot-key combination for activating the window under the cursor. Once you've made those choices, pick Ghost from the menu to put this freeware to work. To end the effect, select UnGhost or UnGhost All. In our tests, however, we had difficulty accessing the elements on our toolbar once its transparency faded. Despite that issue, users who often work with multiple windows should try this free tool for easy modification of windows' visibility. Ghost-It runs in the system tray, and lets you turn windows into ghost windows. A ghost window is translucent and will always appear on top of other windows. When a ghost window loses the input focus, it remains translucent and always on top, but all clicks will pass right through it like it wasn't even there--until it becomes the active window again, either by clicking on the window's taskbar icon, or by pressing a user-defined hot key. You can configure the translucency levels of both active and inactive ghost windows, along with the hot key used to activate a window.
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