is it possible to set the Java swing application's background to b transparent but the controls likes comboboxes, buttons, labels,... should b visible? only the controls should appear in the application not the appln's background. hence when i opened that swing-based java application the other applications running behind should b visible to the user other than the control's regions. means only the controls r opaque. rest of the application's area is transparent. just like i should not give the background color to the frame/window. hope the idea is clear. u can put out ur thoughts here. thank u very much.