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Windows 7: Anyone know how to make maxed title bar solid black?

12 Jun 2009   #1
imacken

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 
Anyone know how to make maxed title bar solid black?

I know some people like it and some don't, but having the title bars in aero when certain apps are maxed looks messy - Lightroom and Photoshop are 2 examples.
I know MS changed it from the beta as a lot of people asked, but is there any way of hacking this so that it is back to a solid colour when maxed?
It should be made an option by MS.


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12 Jun 2009   #2
banners

Win7 x64 7127
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by imacken View Post
I know some people like it and some don't, but having the title bars in aero when certain apps are maxed looks messy - Lightroom and Photoshop are 2 examples.
I know MS changed it from the beta as a lot of people asked, but is there any way of hacking this so that it is back to a solid colour when maxed?
It should be made an option by MS.
right-click desktop, select personalisation, select Window Color: Either deselect enable transparancy or move slider to right for max depth, but keeping some tranparancy...
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12 Jun 2009   #3
imacken

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

Thanks but that affects all windows, not just maxed ones.
In the beta, maximised windows were solid black, which works much better in apps like Photoshop or Lightroom.
There must be a way of doing this.
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13 Jun 2009   #4
Mars

Windows 7 RC
 
 

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13 Jun 2009   #5
imacken

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

Thanks, looks pretty useful. Sorry to ask such a dumb question, but how do I get it to work?
I've clicked on it and it takes me to 'Color and Appearance' but I can't see how to go any further!!!
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13 Jun 2009   #6
edrik

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
 
 

i think its a custom msstyles... maybe you have to patch your uxtheme files for that one
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13 Jun 2009   #7
imacken

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

I'm afraid that means nothing to me!! Sorry for the ignorance on this. Never had to deal with themes before.
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13 Jun 2009   #8
edrik

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
 
 

How to Patch Uxtheme.dll in Windows 7

1. Download Uxtheme patch Files
2. Login to Your Windows 7 with User having administrator privileges
3. Open you’re my Computer and Navigate to Following Directory
C:\Windows\system32\ (change driver letter as per your windows 7 installation)
4. Locate following three files
uxtheme.dll
themeui.dll
shsvcs.dll
5. Take Ownership of each of these files
6. Grant Full Permission to yourself on each of these files
7. Rename uxtheme.dll to uxtheme.old , themeui.dll to themeui.old & shsvcs.dll to shsvcs.old
8. Copy downloaded patch files and past in C:\Windows\system32\ directory
(change driver letter as per your windows 7 installation)
9. Reboot Your Windows 7


NOTE:


Be careful though.. since you're dealing with system files and a mistake might cause a faulty system... so make sure to backup your files.. and only do this at your own risk
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14 Jun 2009   #9
imacken

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

I'm on 7201 x64, which patch should I download?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 Jun 2009   #10
edrik

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
 
 

i dont think the site has a patched uxtheme for that build yet.. im sorry
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