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Windows 7: Thunderbird System Tray Icon


05 Dec 2010   #1

Windows 7 X64 Professional
 
 
Thunderbird System Tray Icon

Hello,

I have and add-on for Thunderbird called Minimize to Tray Plus. Anyhow, it puts a Thunderbird icon in my system tray that, to put it mildly, looks like crap. Can someone tell me if it is possible to customize this icon to one of my choosing? In fact, most of the 3rd party icons that run in the system tray could use a serious makeover. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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05 Dec 2010   #2

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

Not sure how to cumtomize, but you can change when it appears
Works for Vista and Seven
Notification Icons - Customize - Vista Forums
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05 Dec 2010   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

I believe that if you shut down TBird completely then change the icon for the program in the normal manner (Rt click, properties, change icon) it should carry over when you restart. Haven't tried it yet as i don't mind the default icon.
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05 Dec 2010   #4

Windows 7 X64 Professional
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
Not sure how to cumtomize, but you can change when it appears
Works for Vista and Seven
Notification Icons - Customize - Vista Forums
Naw, I want to physically change the appearance of the icon.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Gene Young View Post
I believe that if you shut down TBird completely then change the icon for the program in the normal manner (Rt click, properties, change icon) it should carry over when you restart. Haven't tried it yet as i don't mind the default icon.
Yeah, I now how to change icons in the Taskbar and elsewhere, I want to change System Tray icons.


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05 Dec 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

Windows uses the icon which is provided inside the program
So your best bet would be to change the icon inside Thunderbird.exe itself.
That's a fairly straightforward process with Res Hacker.

Icons - Change Using Resource Hacker
If you run into probs, just gimme a buzz.
Or if you have an icon ready, post it here and I squeeze it in for you

Perhaps one of these:
Thunderbird icon - Google Search

-DG
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05 Dec 2010   #6

Windows 7 X64 Professional
 
 

SledgeDG,

There is not a Thunderbird icon in the imagesres.dll for me to swap out.

If the system tray notification icons use the default program icons, I know how to change the default program icon. Right click > properties. If I am to hack the .dll via ResHack, doesn't there have to be an original image for me to replace?

I don't mind the default T-bird icon. But I want the one that shows up in the system tray to look like it belongs there. Referring to my attached image above, see how pixelated the T-bird icon is next to the system icons? Is it because T-bird is a 32 bit program running on a 64 bit system?

It's not just Thunderbird. The Pidgin IM icons are pixelated when they're in the system tray as well. ALL non-Windows icons that show up there look like crap.

I'm not afraid of tweaking things, I just need to know how
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05 Dec 2010   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

You misunderstood me. Of course there is no thunderbird icon in imagesres.dll. Those icons are usually inside the respective EXE files. So you would open the Thunderbird.exe in Reshacker, go down to Icon Group, check which one holds the icon, you want to replace, right click on the group and click Replace resource.
Load the replacement icon, pick the original on the right and click replace.
Once you replaced all you intended to... save, close reshacker and enjoy
Why those icons are so pixelated, I can not say...perhaps one or more dimensions in the .ico file itself are missing .

-DG
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05 Dec 2010   #8

Windows 7 X64 Professional
 
 

Ahh, OK. I'll play around a little and get back.
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15 May 2011   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

Hey did you ever figure this out?
I am having the same problem with all non-windows icons looking like crap in the tray.

Is there a way to force it to take a higher-resolution icon for the system tray (ie 24x24 instead of 16x16)? Did you figure out of there was something wrong with your icons?
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15 May 2011   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

you can't upsample icons like that and expect them to look good
You have to use a program like IcoFX and CREATE the correct formats (esp. the 256 true color +Alpha channel)

-DG
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