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Windows 7: "Glass" effect on taskbar icons

12 Jul 2011   #1

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 
"Glass" effect on taskbar icons

Hi all,

I installed Windows 7 for the first time over the weekend and would like to know how to remove the "glass" effect on the taskbar icons, similar to what is described in this thread:
Can the HORRIBLE 'glass' effect be removed?
Unfortunately modifying the ColorizationGlassReflectionIntensity entry in the registry which was identified in the thread does not seem to work, even after relogging and / or rebooting.

I do not want to go back to the classic theme, just want the diagonal gradients removed. Mainly because I have multiple instances of an application open at the same time, and it isn't intuitive looking at the taskbar which one is active. Would like to either specify a completely different color for the active application or get rid of the gradients.

WindowBlinds figured out a way to do it, but that package causes all sorts of other problems with other applications (Thunderbird 5.0 for one). I had to manually block many apps to get it to work right. Also it needs to run in the background. Uninstalled it almost immediately.

Regards,

Tim

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12 Jul 2011   #2

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Welcome to the Seven Forums Tim
I think I know what you mean but could you post a screenshot of it and try to mark it that way I know for sure.
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Does it look like this image?
"Glass" effect on taskbar icons-dwmwindow_reflectionsimage.png
Let me know
Jerry


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12 Jul 2011   #3

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Hi Jerry,

Thanks for your reply.

I've attached an image of an icon with a red line drawn around what I am talking about.

Regards,

Tim


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12 Jul 2011   #4

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Denikar View Post
Hi Jerry,

Thanks for your reply.

I've attached an image of an icon with a red line drawn around what I am talking about.

Regards,

Tim
I can change that for you. And post it here in a zip
&
You will need to do 1 of these 2 ways of Enabling custom themes for it to work.
Enabling Custom Themes - Windows 7
Or
Theme - How to Apply Custom Themes
Let me know
Jerry
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12 Jul 2011   #5

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This is what it can look like.
"Glass" effect on taskbar icons-region.png
Jerry


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12 Jul 2011   #6

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Very nice! It is unfortunate that the system files need to be modified to make this however.

This is the best difference I could create just using the Win 7 standard settings:


I will have to do some digging into the two applications you posted. Thanks!


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12 Jul 2011   #7

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Denikar View Post
Very nice! It is unfortunate that the system files need to be modified to make this however.

This is the best difference I could create just using the Win 7 standard settings:


I will have to do some digging into the two applications you posted. Thanks!
The 1st link does not modified system files it's a service that allows custom themes. If you need help with it let me know.
Jerry
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20 Feb 2012   #8

Windows 7 Ultimae x64
 
 

Hello, the first link in post#4 does not work, the second link does, but it seems it's only instructions to allow the OS to accept 3rd party themes. I would like to know what's the next step to solve the problem, is it finding custom themes which do not have the white gradient effect? Thanks.
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20 Feb 2012   #9

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ktx2skd View Post
Hello, the first link in post#4 does not work, the second link does, but it seems it's only instructions to allow the OS to accept 3rd party themes. I would like to know what's the next step to solve the problem, is it finding custom themes which do not have the white gradient effect? Thanks.
I am investigating why that first link does not work, it's just another way of enabling third party custom themes, and yes you would have to search for a theme that does not have that white effect but if you are using the default aero theme I can change that for you and post it in a zip folder here, all I need from you is a name to call the custom theme.
Let me know.
Jerry

UPDATE: The first link works now.
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20 Feb 2012   #10

Windows 7 Ultimae x64
 
 

"A name"? Well, any name works, "Cheese" for instance.

and if it is not much trouble, I would like for it to be based on "Basic" instead of "Aero" (yep, the first link is working).
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