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Windows 7: Edit .theme files

14 Jan 2013   #1
Rand Marks

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 
Edit .theme files

Hi,

What program can I use to edit a .theme file? By edit I mean change its "X" button, taskbar buttons, etc.

Rand Marks


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14 Jan 2013   #2
Bongo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 10 Pro
 
 

Those are in the aero.msstyles not the .theme file, you can use a resource editor for that but it's not easy, I use Ave's Windows7 Style Builder it's only about $22.60 US and they have a forum with maps and tutorials you can join after buying it.

You should start a new theme so you do not mess up the default theme look at post #38 it will show you how. Start menu color change ??

Have a look at this youtube video
Jerry
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14 Jan 2013   #3
Rand Marks

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Hi, Jerry,

Thanks for your reply. I am trying to edit a 3rd party theme called 7.5. I didnít notice the .msstyles files, which I have adequate experience editing using Resource Hacker in my XP days. I just assumed that the .theme extension replaced .msstyles in Windows 7.
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14 Jan 2013   #4
Bongo

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That good to hear, if you need any image #s post a link to the theme and I can use WSB to get the #s.

Jerry
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14 Jan 2013   #5
Rand Marks

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

It would seem that my adequate experience is outdated. I have no idea what I’m doing with PNGs! In XP, they were always BMPs.

The theme that I want to edit is called Seven and a Half. I will explain exactly what I am trying do with it.

This is what the "X" button looks like when the mouse is over it in an inactive window. (The cursor is not visible in the screenshot.)

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This is what the "X" button looks like when the mouse is not over it in an active window.

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I want to replace the active non-mouse-hovered "X" button in the second image with the the inactive mouse-hovered "X" button in the first image. In other words, I want the "X" button shown in the first image always to appear unless the mouse is over the "X" button in an active window.

Is this something that you can do?

Thank you,

Rand Marks


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14 Jan 2013   #6
Bongo

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You will need to export the Steam 971 image and then find and edit the button.
That what is nice with WSB it breaks down the steam image into parts.

Jerry
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14 Jan 2013   #7
Rand Marks

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

I went and bought Style Builder. Youíre right! It is easier to use than ResHacker. I was able to do what I wanted in minutes. Thanks!
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15 Jan 2013   #8
Bongo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 10 Pro
 
 

Now you're set to go, I found this to be the most reasonable software I have ever bought for what it does.

Jerry
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