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Windows 7: Highlight Active Program Button on Taskbar

04 Jul 2014   #1
zhunter71

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Highlight Active Program Button on Taskbar

I have about 10 programs Pinned to my Taskbar, but when i'm working at speed i keep clicking the wrong ones due to some of the Icons being quite alike

The programs that are active highlight these buttons by making it slightly white in one corner, is there any way to change the appearance of the buttons on the Taskbar when it is in use? So the ones that are 'active' have a bright red background or something so they stand out more ? it would be such a help!


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05 Jul 2014   #2
A Guy

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Welcome to Seven Forums zhunter71. Have a look at this thread, there are several msstyles in it that should serve your purpose.

Solved - active and inactive windows too similar in Aero

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05 Jul 2014   #3
zhunter71

Windows 7 64 BIT
 
 

that does seem to be what i want, but i download the Zip file and the file in it is an .msstyles file? My computer doesnt know what to do with it or what to open it with? Do you know how to run/ activate that kind of file?
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05 Jul 2014   #4
A Guy

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Your themes should be in the

C:\windows\Resources\Themes

Folder. There will be a .msstyles, and a .theme file for each theme. I don't have any of the original windows themes, but there will be several aero themes, one of which you are using currently? I would copy the original msstyles somewhere so you could change it back if you want later. Then replace it with the .msstyle of your choice from that thread..

Theme - Change or Save

If you want one of the files in this post, he included both the .msstyle and the .theme, you could just add them to your aero theme folder, and not touch the original windows themes.

Solved - active and inactive windows too similar in Aero

A Guy
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11 Jul 2014   #5
zhunter71

Windows 7 64 BIT
 
 

i copied the msstyles into the relevant folder and i now have 3 installed themes showing in my personalisation screen, which is correct, but they are all labelled as Windows 7, and whichever i click the screen seems to stay the same as the standard Windows 7 theme, it doesnt change any button appearances......do i need to do something with the 'theme' files too? sorry, i'm not very good at this
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13 Jul 2014   #6
A Guy

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Did you use both the msstyle and theme files from Solved - active and inactive windows too similar in Aero ?

Just tried it and it works. Download the zip from Bogart76's post and extract the files

Highlight Active Program Button on Taskbar-extract.jpg

Choose which color you want, and you will have 2 files for that color (I chose red for this test). aero-red.msstyles, and aero-red.theme

Highlight Active Program Button on Taskbar-red.jpg

Create a New Folder and name it Areo Red. Put the aero-red.msstyles inside the new Aero Red folder You will now have the aero-red.msstyles in an Aero Red folder and a separate aero-red.theme file

Highlight Active Program Button on Taskbar-files.jpg

Put the Aero Red folder , and the separate aero-red.theme file both in the

C:\windows\Resources\Themes\ folder

Highlight Active Program Button on Taskbar-themes.jpg

Right click the desktop> Personalize> Under Installed themes you will find Windows 7 (it is the Windows Aero theme modified, that is why it is not named Aero Red)

Highlight Active Program Button on Taskbar-installed.jpg

Click on that theme should give you an applied theme with the Open windows icon highlighted in red on the taskbar

Highlight Active Program Button on Taskbar-red-applied.jpg

A Guy





Your active window should now be red on the taskbar


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17 Jul 2014   #7
zhunter71

Windows 7 64 BIT
 
 

thanks so much for the precise description, i have done exactly as stated, and it has just chnaged it to the standard Windows 7 theme with no highlighted active buttons, i dont know what i'm doing wrong I've attached a screenshot of the Theme Folder , and i chose the green option.....i am so sorry to keep pestering you


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17 Jul 2014   #8
A Guy

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Hmmm, I am unsure, you appear to have it right. You saw the new Aero theme under Installed themes? Perhaps run the System File Checker and then try to apply it again.

SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker

A Guy
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28 Mar 2015   #9
migro

Win7 Pro 64bit
 
 

Hello I am trying to install Aero2 theme under Win7 64
I have placed the aero-red.msstyles and the aero-red.theme file in the C:\windows\Resources\Themes folder but the theme is not present in the Installed themes
I have run the System File Checker and did not find any integrity violations
Can some give me some tips?
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28 Mar 2015   #10
A Guy

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Welcome to Seven Forums migro. Do you find a Windows 7 theme to choose?



On my system, it was not named Aero-red, but Windows 7. I am not sure if it is just because I don't have some Windows themes anymore, or?

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