I have been looking around for over an hour now trying to find some way to make all my windows somewhat transparent / translucent ...

I found the app Afloat, however that app doesn't work with all other applications, only some

Any ideas on how I can turn all my windows semi-transparent in OS X Mavericks?


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You cannot change the window colors in Finder itself. However, there are finger alternatives that can do this. Try Pathfinder by CocoaTech. I believe it has the option to make Finder windows transparent.

  • Just "Finder" windows?
    – Jonathan
    Commented Jun 13, 2016 at 16:07

I believe if you open a new finder window and go into the preferences you can edit the color of the window background. From that you can then modify the alpha channel to add transparency :)

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    This only works for finder though correct? Commented Aug 11, 2014 at 17:30
  • Sorry I misread the question. So you want the main bar (where the close,min,max buttons are located) to be translucent? Commented Aug 11, 2014 at 17:43
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    I want the same thing you described for the finder window, but for all of my windows, 'Chrome;PhpStorm;Spotify;Notes;etc... Commented Aug 11, 2014 at 19:53
  • I don't believe Mavericks offers this functionality natively. Commented Aug 12, 2014 at 5:41
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    It does not. For what it's worth, I'm installing Ubuntu because I'm fed up with the limitations of OS X.
    – Tobia
    Commented May 3, 2015 at 18:49

NOT AN ANSWER Try reverse engineering this https://www.howtogeek.com/199201/how-to-disable-window-transparency-in-os-x-yosemite/

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    – JMY1000
    Commented Dec 22, 2017 at 2:43

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