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Windows 7: Making taskbar icons "flat"?


04 Dec 2012   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Making taskbar icons "flat"?

Is it possible to remove the 'button'-like look of my taskbar icons? There is way too much shine, and gloss to my liking. I would like to get them looking like the large quick launch icons if possible, in the way that they have no border, or effects, simply just an icon.




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04 Dec 2012   #2

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Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 8.1 Pro
 
 

You could use this tutorial Taskbar Button: Change Color of Orange Flashing Button and edit all the button states, making them transparent.
Or
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.
&
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

Let me know.
Jerry
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04 Dec 2012   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thanks! That's exactly what I was looking for. I am using a custom theme so as said in the tutorial, the #'s for each resource would be different. I managed to find them though. I opened them in GIMP, and deleted everything within the rectangle so that it would be completely blank, and transparent. I installed the theme, yet it had no effect at all on the taskbar icons. Out of curiosity I changed the position of the taskbar to the left, and right side my screen, voila! It works, but only on the sides of my screen. I wonder what I'm doing wrong...
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05 Dec 2012   #4

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Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 8.1 Pro
 
 

Post a link to the theme and I will look at it.

Did you edit 4 or 8 images? There are 4 images for the top/bottom taskbar buttons and 4 images for left/right taskbar buttons.

Jerry
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05 Dec 2012   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Here you go

Windows 8 VS for Win7 by =fediaFedia on deviantART

I believe I edited 3 sets of 4 images in total. Each quite a few #s apart from each other.
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05 Dec 2012   #6

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Top/Bottom button
#s
1150,1151,1152,1153

Left/Right button
#s
1160,1161,1162,1163

Jerry
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06 Dec 2012   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thank you!
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06 Dec 2012   #8

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 8.1 Pro
 
 

You're Welcome
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