Compared to XP, Windows 7 has increased the padding of a number of elements: explorer detailed/list view text in the main window and similarly in the navigation pane, pinned/recent items in the start menu, the notification area icons, are a few that come to mind . There is a relatively simple fix for the explorer issue, by Resource Hacking "ExplorerFrame.dll", and I am wondering if anyone knows of a similar process or a specific file to look at for the start menu, or if these particular settings are hidden or otherwise impossible to edit.
I've looked through a few lists and threads related to system files that can be hacked in such a way, which include the aforementioned "ExplorerFrame.dll", as well as "shell32.dll", "Explorer.exe" itself, and others, and sadly none mention this issue specifically. A while ago when I first investigated this, at the time more interested in fixing explorer, I waded through a few of these files but never saw any obvious sign of the start menu values, and I'm not (yet) willing to start editing padding/line-height/etc. values willy nilly hoping to accidentally get it right.
Once again I find myself fumbling through Windows' innards, woefully ignorant, and would greatly appreciate any help/ideas/suggestions people might have. Thanks.