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Windows 7: change explorer navigation area backround


14 Mar 2013   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) Service Pack 1
 
 
change explorer navigation area backround

How can I change the highlighted part of explorer in the picture below, for aero and basic themes?
change explorer navigation area backround-untitled5.png




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15 Mar 2013   #2

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Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 8.1 Pro
 
 

Image #'s for Basic they are in the aero.msstyles
Maximize Active 689
Inactive 688
Normal Active 686
Inactive 687

For aero they are in the Steam image #971 in the aero.msstyles
That image has several parts on it and is very transparent the screenshot below shows the location, I put it on a gray background so it could be seen better, that would be the entire top frame for the Explorer window outlined in red that is (Top) Active and (Bottom) Inactive window.
change explorer navigation area backround-971.png

That image is 21 x 54 pixels so top half of that would be the active and the bottom half would be inactive.
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To cover the area you want to do you may only need to edit the bottom half of each image or it will cover the whole top window frame.
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Jerry


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15 Mar 2013   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) Service Pack 1
 
 

Thanks this really helps. Just one thing tho, for aero is there a way that doesn't mess up the title bar for everything other then windows explorer? If it can't be done then oh well at least now I can do it in basic.
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15 Mar 2013   #4

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No, with aero its all title bars. You can try only editing the bottom of the top frame image that I outlined in red in the 3rd image in the post above, it would be edit, try it, edit, try it, etc.

Jerry
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15 Mar 2013   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) Service Pack 1
 
 

Oh well I wasn't sure if it could even be done with aero in the first place. No big deal.
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