Enhance Background Transparency
Transparency is an essential visual enhancement for many and should generally only apply to the window contents and not the surrounding "chrome" of the window, such as the title bar and scroll bar.
Optionally, the Console "frame" could be made transparent when focused/un-focused, controlled via separate transparency slider
Also, it'd be awesome if the Console background could support the Fluent blurring effect to reduce the distraction of the contents of underlying windows while giving some visual cue as to what the app underneath is doing.
Aaron Carlisle commented
very nice feature I am for having the ''chrome'' not faded or at the very least have that as a sub-option same with the blur effect as discussed in this thread
I love that feature too. Would be nice to see a "live" update of the transparency setting we choose before clicking the "OK" button. Right now, it's a Trial & Error approach until you find a spot you like.
D, Charles Pyle commented
I love this enhancement! Just found it today and set it to on before writing this. I'd also like to see options to choose to make only the window contents use the enhancement, too.
Travis C Howard commented
Please blur the content behind the window more. When Command Prompt is on top of text that's a similar size, it becomes exceedingly difficult to read.
Joel "Jaykul" Bennett commented
More importantly, there should be separate opacity for "foreground" and "background" consoles -- i.e. very transparent until I click on it, and then less transparent.
Interesting idea, I haven't heard this one yet (though a couple people I've talked to here have). I like it, and am adding it to the backlog. Don't know where it will land priority-wise, but thanks for the good thinking. --Rich
Mary Branscombe commented
perhaps separate sliders for text and background transparency? so I can pick what's easy to see and what's a mere hint
Transparency is nice, but there should really be separate sliders for the foreground, background, and window frame/titlebar. Background and frame opacity should be able to go to 0%.
Blurring the content behind the window and keeping the text opaque as Matt suggested are both ideas associated with our transparency task group. --Rich
I would add that the text should remain at 100% opacity as well, similar to Terminal in OS X. So the only part that would become transparent would be the background color.
My suggestion on providing the percentage values on the slider is so that if you find what your "individual taste" is you can make a mental note of that value and re-apply it to other computers you may use that are not necessarily tied together by your synced profile settings. As for your first point, it sounds like you misread my suggestion and have reversed my meaning. Doesn't sound so silly to me...
If it was just the chrome surrounding the window, the text would have a highly visible box around the outside of the dimmed console. This is significantly worse than dimming the whole window and would look crappy from a design point of view. Secondly the transparency feature is completely based on taste, so adding a percentage value is counterproductive. Nobody needs exactly 70%. They need enough to make it look good to their individual taste. So I think that's somewhat of a silly suggestion.
Yes, you're right again. :) -- We are thinking the same thing, and would have even liked to get both of these into the technical preview. Time was against us and we (well I, blame me) decided that *some* transparency was better than none for now. And again, the all too familiar disclaimer: we can't commit to including any feature or change, including these. --Rich