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Question: Big Sur transparency

Updated to Big Sur, but menu bar, Dock, all Finder, Safari (other windows) are not transparent, just white/grey. Any ideas?

Posted on Nov 13, 2020 3:21 AM

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Nov 14, 2020 11:22 AM in response to JulioPett In response to JulioPett

Along with smaller and lighter fonts, which are difficult to use, another problem.

When I click on a tab that has multiple links in it, the name of the tab disappears. Slide the mouse over the blank and it reappears.

With a little effort, I can make the whole set of tabs disappear. This is not a feature I like.


Nov 14, 2020 11:22 AM

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Nov 14, 2020 3:23 PM in response to Martin Cooper In response to Martin Cooper

Memiehic is correct. that setting is in SystemPreferences>Accessibility in the "display" tab. i didn't change the desktop image for the 2 following screenshots.

here's one with "reduce transparency" unchecked.


here's the screen with the exact same background and "reduce transparency" checked.


if you look below the clock in both screenshots, you can see it's the same background. if "reduce transparency" is

checkmarked in your settings and the menu bar isn't grey, you may have a separate issue.

here's a couple more screenshots to show you that the menubar should stay grey when you change colour of the background.




have fun.

Nov 14, 2020 3:23 PM

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Dec 12, 2020 1:46 PM in response to Memiehic In response to Memiehic

I've reduced transparency but still see pages underneath the page I'm working on. It's very distracting. And whose idea was it to make various items so light that they can barely be seen? Looking at my dock the question mark, notes and Pages icons are so light I have to hold my laptop up to my face to see them. Not loving Big Sur!

Dec 12, 2020 1:46 PM

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Dec 20, 2020 6:21 AM in response to JulioPett In response to JulioPett

Two major problems with Big Sur.

1) I can't unlock features in system preference !! The password of my account is correct but not accepted to unlock.

2) Big Sur is everything but transparent windows


End No there is nothing selected that transparency is off.

But item 1 is very concerning

Dec 20, 2020 6:21 AM

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Feb 3, 2021 4:47 AM in response to JulioPett In response to JulioPett

Actually there is no complete transparent dock or menu bar in big Sur , its just translucent dock and menu bar I guess you were actually looking for that dock in dark mode

yes the dock in dark mode is a little different and more transparent looking compared to dock in light mode so try

System preferences>>general>>Dark in appearance section

and if this is what you wanted then you can opt for another light wallpaper to keep it the way you wanted however the application theme would be set to dark itself

hope this was helpful.... ☺️

Feb 3, 2021 4:47 AM

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