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Windows 7: Taskbar color question

29 Jun 2010   #1
Yajiro

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 x64
 
 
Taskbar color question

I'm sure this must be an easy question. I changed my taskbar to black under personalize. But when I have a window open the presssed in color or whatever you call it is gray. So if you have many programs/folders open it can be a bit difficult to spot it right away to minimize it. I thought it might be under the advance options, but playing around with some didn't change it. Though I'm not sure what I would change it to either since I never thought about it for Vista.


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29 Jun 2010   #2
WalkerA WinTeam

Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) *** Windows XP SP3 (32-bit), OSX 10.6
 
 

Hi Yajiro,

Is this what you're talking about? Don't like Taskbar Selected Window Highlight...

Cheers,

Walker
Windows Outreach Team
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29 Jun 2010   #3
Yajiro

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 x64
 
 

Hmm, that might be what I was saying. But that thread had no fix. I'm already using 7 Taskbar Tweaker to ungroup programs/folders and I don't see anything like what I want for appearance. I'm also using small icons and never combine. I actually really would prefer the pressed in look that Vista does. But I didn't know if that could be done and would probably be easier to just change color from gray to something else.
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29 Jun 2010   #4
dunfiddlin

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Yajiro View Post
Hmm, that might be what I was saying. But that thread had no fix. I'm already using 7 Taskbar Tweaker to ungroup programs/folders and I don't see anything like what I want for appearance. I'm also using small icons and never combine. I actually really would prefer the pressed in look that Vista does. But I didn't know if that could be done and would probably be easier to just change color from gray to something else.
Well it would be a lot easier for us if you could take some screen shots so that we can see the problem, give us some details as to what theme you are using etc. etc.
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29 Jun 2010   #5
Yajiro

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 x64
 
 

I'm using the basic theme you start with except I've changed the taskbar color to black and turned off transparency.

This is what the taskbar looks like when I have the IE window open viewing this thread:
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I wish to change it from that gray color to a different one or the pressed in look that Vista has.


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30 Jun 2010   #6
dunfiddlin

 

Thanks for the additional info but I'm afraid it's bad news. That can only be changed by using a third party theme or visual style or adopting a different colour for the whole taskbar. But in the latter case you only get a faded version of the new bar colour instead of a faded version of black so that may not be any real improvement.
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30 Jun 2010   #7
WalkerA WinTeam

Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) *** Windows XP SP3 (32-bit), OSX 10.6
 
 

I know what you mean, Yajiro. It does seem less intuitive to highlight the taskbar button when active, rather than to make it sunken like it was in XP. Unfortunately I haven't been able to find any information on how to change this. Hopefully someone else can, and if you end up finding it somewhere else, please post back your solution.

Thanks,

Walker
Windows Outreach Team
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30 Jun 2010   #8
dunfiddlin

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by WalkerA WinTeam View Post
I know what you mean, Yajiro. It does seem less intuitive to highlight the taskbar button when active, rather than to make it sunken like it was in XP. Unfortunately I haven't been able to find any information on how to change this. Hopefully someone else can, and if you end up finding it somewhere else, please post back your solution.
As I said, this can almost certainly be achieved within a visual style. It's just that I haven't seen any themes in which it is. I frequent such places as such a thing might turn up in so I'll let you know if I spot one.
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30 Jun 2010   #9
WalkerA WinTeam

Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) *** Windows XP SP3 (32-bit), OSX 10.6
 
 

Awesome, thanks dunfiddlin!

Walker
Windows Outreach Team
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30 Jun 2010   #10
Yajiro

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 x64
 
 

Yeah, thanks dunfiddlin. I honestly didn't think it was going to be something difficult to change.
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