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Windows 7: Larger and no-shiny taskbar icons


03 Aug 2012   #1

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 
Larger and no-shiny taskbar icons

Hi guys,

1. What I am looking for is to make my taskbar set to "Use small icons". But using the default setting from right clicking on the taskbar -> Properties -> Use small icons, does make the taskbar smaller as I want, but the icons are way too small I cannot see clearly on my taskbar.

What I am talking about is to have the actual size of the icon to be bigger, occupying more space rather than having some space around it; and I am not talking about the MinWidth trick. Is there anyway to do that via registry or even third party?

2. I don't like the shiny way Windows 7's taskbar is. XP was great to just show clearly what is written there with minimal effect on mouse hover. Is there anyway to do so? By the way, the following three tricks did not work for me (or people out there are talking about something else!): [1] [2] and [3]

What I am talking about is the glossy look that the taskbar icons have by default with some white strips around. Or when you hover the mouse, the white strips change a bit. I want all removed, something like XP.

PS:
1. I don't want to use Classic Theme
2. I have already tried third party custom themes like Luna XP for windows 7 or others, but they all tend to change so many styles and start menu features that I won't need.

All I want is to have an option to remove the shiny look and get bigger icons on the taskbar!

Regards,
Ali.


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03 Aug 2012   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

YES! Damnit I hate those stupid glossy stripes, sorry I couldn't be of more assistance.
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03 Aug 2012   #3

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

techpro,

May be you can try the solution links given in my first post to see if they work for you. I am not sure its not working on my notebook or its something different, people look happy to find that trick there!

Thanks.
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03 Aug 2012   #4

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Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 8.1 Pro
 
 

You only have two choices large icons or small icons there is nothing in between, even if you change the size of the icon image it still only shows in them two sizes.

Post a screenshotof the shiny icons that you are talking about and I may be able to help you there by editing .msstyles.
Jerry
Use these tutorials for posting screenshots.
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03 Aug 2012   #5

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Bongo,

Thank you for your reply.
The shiny look I am talking about is shown in the image below:
Larger and no-shiny taskbar icons-taskbar-glossy.png

The small white-shade on the top corner of each application icon, the whole-white shade on the paint icon and the blue shade on Google Talk icon (mouse hover).

If you know how to edit these things, I will appreciate your help, or giving me a resource to know how to do so would be perfect as well. I have found something called like Vista theme for Windows 7. It looks fine to me, as it has the minimal reflection-look, and I can change the color and disable transparency:
Larger and no-shiny taskbar icons-vistalook.png

The only problem with this, as you can see, it has a shade starting from the middle. The top side and the bottom side do not have the same color. Do you think that can be fixed? If that could be done, the small icons look more visible and I think both problems are solved together!

It even looks worse when I want to use a vertical start menu:
Larger and no-shiny taskbar icons-vistavertical.png



Thanks again.
Regards,
Luinox86.


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03 Aug 2012   #6

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 8.1 Pro
 
 

Quote:
The small white-shade on the top corner of each application icon
If you are using the default aero theme I can change that for you, using Windows Style Builder and post it here in a zip folder.
If you are using a custom theme you will need to ask the theme maker. It's not cool to change someone else work.
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This will be a custom theme and 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

Not sure if I can help with paint icon and Google Talk icon.
I would need a name to call the custom theme from you.
Let me know.
Jerry
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03 Aug 2012   #7

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Jerry,

Thanks.
It is a custom theme which already has removed the shiny effects, the only thing left is that the top and the bottom are not the same, so I think that would need less effort.

If you can modify a default Windows 7 theme, great. I will appreciate your help. Just to remove shiny styles (as much as possible, like the images I sent you in my previous post) and in a way that I am able to disable transparency and changing its color (using Windows Personalize).

In one of the links you sent me I found some customization tool that I believe I have played around with very long time ago. I just remembered that. So what I want to do on the vista-like theme is a simple modification (I am not going to publish it anywhere, only personal use) which can be done using that tool.

And I didn't understand you by "I would need a name to call the custom theme from you.". Are you asking me to give you a name for the theme you will create?! Well, it could be anything like "no-shiny Windows 7 theme" if that's what you are asking!

Regards.
Ali.
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03 Aug 2012   #8

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 8.1 Pro
 
 

I will create one based off the default Aero theme and I will name it "no-shiny Windows 7 theme" and post it here it may take me the rest of the day working on it off and on but I will try to get it out later today or first thing tomorrow.

Following this tutorial Theme - Customize Custom Themes you could customize that theme that you like for your own personal use with no problems at all, If you would like to know about image numbers for the taskbar let me know and I can provide them for you, the top, bottom, left, right task bar images all have different numbers just for your information.
Jerry
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03 Aug 2012   #9

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 8.1 Pro
 
 

OK here you go download and extract the zip file at the bottom of this post to your desktop, after you have extracted it put both (highlighted in a red box) 1 No_Shine folder and 1 No_Shine.theme file in C:\Windows\Resources\Themes
Larger and no-shiny taskbar icons-no_shine.png

If you ever use the basic themes open up the Basic folder and put the No_Shine.theme file in C:\Windows\Resources\Ease of Access Themes
Larger and no-shiny taskbar icons-basic.png

It will show up in Personalization under the Installed Themes as No_Shine, and if you use the Basic it will show up under Basic and High Contrast themes as No_Shine
Larger and no-shiny taskbar icons-personalization.png

Let me know what you think.
Jerry


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03 Aug 2012   #10

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Wow Jerry,

That's exactly what I was looking for man. It looks great now. No shiny and I can change the color as I want.

I really appreciate your help Jerry.

I am trying to learn customizing the themes from the resource you gave me earlier, so where is the part that I can define the shiny look and adjust it?


Regards,
Ali.
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