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Windows 7: Some color change questions

07 Dec 2013   #11
firewater

Windows 8 64 Bits
 
 

Hello again, It's been 3 days and I thought it was over, but sadly I've encountered another pair of problems while finishing my mod.

a) This seems to be an oddly specific issue, yet it shouldn't take more than changing one color on some menu I couldn't find. I use "never combine" on the taskbar and I've found that whenever I have a Firefox window opened and then I hover the mouse to another one, the "taskbar tab" of the one I currently have opened glows with the very same blue color I'm trying to eliminate from the theme.



The circle in the picture represents the mouse cursor hovering that tab.

b) I did some googling and this doesn't seem to be related to WSB, but I'm still clueless as to how I'm supossed to modify the .clp (I think?) file. What I want to do is basically what's being shown in the pic: match the big white squares with the background.



Sorry to disturb you again, mate, but I literally looked to every single option on WSB (it took me about 2 hours and a half) and yet I still couldn't find a solution to the first problem.


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08 Dec 2013   #12
Bongo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 10 Pro
 
 

Try the text color at:
Taskbar & System Tray > TaskBand > Aero > TaskBand (SmallIcons8) > TaskItemButton > Hover
Taskbar & System Tray > TaskBand > Aero > TaskBand (SmallIcons8) > TaskItemButton > Other Side Hot (Focused (Uncombined Inheritance))
Taskbar & System Tray > TaskBand > Aero > TaskBand (SmallIcons8) > TaskItemButton > Focused Hover & Open Pressed

For the clock you need to edit the .png images in the PNGFILE folder in the timedate.cpl in C:\Windows\System32 and C:\Windows\SysWOW64 (edit a copy of them)
Then change the system files you need to take ownership give yourself permission and rename the old file and then copy in the new one I have not done this on Windows 8/8.1 it's not the same as 7.

Jerry
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12 Dec 2013   #13
firewater

Windows 8 64 Bits
 
 

Hey again! Well, I guess I'm now doing a full mod of this theme because I just keep finding things I want to edit. Some of them I can manage on my own, but I'm still foreign to this software so there is always stuff I can't seem to find and sometimes they are just way too specific for google to handle.

I seriously feel like I'm bothering you too much so just keep the replies simple and take your time, even days, if you have better things to do.

So, anyway the first directions you gave me worked wonderfully and the clock, well, couldn't find the way to change colors but I edited the .cpl and went full minimal (which is great, because I never thought about editing it that way and I really like it). Taking ownership of system32 was a little different than how it works on Windows 7, but the whole process of editing and implementing the .cpl stays the same.

For these questions I took inspiration from Exon, by Nadir1.



(left is Exon, right is theme I'm modding)

a) I still can't seem to find a way to change the background color. I thought it had something to do with the explorer background color, but I changed that and only the folder explorer got affected, not the clock's background.

I would love to have it literally just like Exon. Pure white background and no line above "Change date and time settings.."

b) I must have changed something while I was modding, because whenever I hover a number on the calendar or the title of the month, font goes to white. I tried changing as many "hover" items I could find but none of them did the trick.



(above is Exon, bottom is theme I'm modding)

c) I googled a little and some posts claimed that there was no way you could change the color when hovering an icon on the taskbar because Windows takes the color from the icon. However, as I was testing Exon I got surprised by the fact that the guy who made the skin passed through that limitation and implemented this lighter tone when hovering, instead of the adopting-main-icon-color thing.

I want the exact same system for the theme I'm modding.



(both are Exon)

d) I would also like to implement that hover on the taskbar clock.
e) Change the color when pressing the go-to-desktop button.

As always, thank you very much, man. This thing is starting to become a hobbie of mine and each day I'm spending more and more hours editing Windows UI and of course this wouldn't have started without your help.
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12 Dec 2013   #14
Bongo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 10 Pro
 
 

I thought you wanted to change the clock face background sorry.

The other stuff

A
Background clock: Taskbar & System Tray > System Tray > Basic > System Tray Icons Panel Flyout > Window > Fillcolor
Bottom of clock: Taskbar & System Tray > System Tray > Basic > Tray Notify Flyout > Footer


B
clock text: Explorer & Shell > Shell > MonthCal > GridCell > text color then> Hot,etc

C
Taskbar button hover: Taskbar & System Tray > TaskBand > Basic > TaskBand > TaskItemButton > Hover
Taskbar & System Tray > TaskBand > Basic > TaskBand > UncombinedTaskItemLeft > Hover
Taskbar & System Tray > TaskBand > Basic > TaskBand > UncombinedTaskItemCenter > Hover
Taskbar & System Tray > TaskBand > Basic > TaskBand > UncombinedTaskItemRight > Hover

D
Taskbar clock hover: Taskbar & System Tray > System Tray > Basic > Clock

E
Taskbar & System Tray > TaskBar > Basic > Show Desktop Button > <1>

Jerry
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13 Dec 2013   #15
firewater

Windows 8 64 Bits
 
 

Hey! Thanks for the replie.

Most of them worked except for the fact that the taskbar doesn't really work as it does on the Exon theme.



What you see above is an animation I get when I hover an icon and then drag the cursor out (without pressing the icon). For some reason It's always orange. I don't want to have that animation at all (Exon doesn't has it).

The only icon that doesn't have this effect is the one being open at the time (that one has no animation).

I attached the current version of the theme in case you want to examine what's causing the problem.

Thanks.


Attached Files
File Type: rar Theme.rar (438.8 KB, 2 views)
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14 Dec 2013   #16
Bongo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 10 Pro
 
 

I tested yours and Exon and I do not get the "animation I get when I hover an icon and then drag the cursor out (without pressing the icon)"

I made 2 videos showing what I get, in the zip folder.

Jerry


Attached Files
File Type: zip taskbar buttons.zip (129.3 KB, 2 views)
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14 Dec 2013   #17
firewater

Windows 8 64 Bits
 
 

Yeah, that's weird... you don't have it at all.

Could you try using your taskbar with small buttons and never combine? Maybe one of those is causing the problem.



As you can see, some of them don't get affected at all. I tested the original version of area (theme I've been modding) and I have it with that one too.

edit: just tried "big icons" and "always combine", the problem is gone with any of them enabled, but I really like the taskbar this way and I couldn't imagine using Windows without it.

edit 2: I tested other themes, including the default Aero. I have the problem with all of them (except Exon), some of them do not avoid the problem with big icons or always combine, one of them being the original area, so I must have changed something during the process to make the taskbar ignore the effect when icons are big or combined.

edit 3: I made another .gif. First half of the it is the original area theme, second half is theme I attached you above. As you can see, some icons (the ones on the far right) do not get affected on my version.

I can't find a way to get you to see the .gif. It's too big for both imgur and seven forums, but I think you get the idea anyway.

edit 4: I'm attaching you the new version I'm using, I basically removed the whole taskbar thing from Exon because it was a mess, but I obviously still have the glow effect that I want to remove.

Also, I noticed the go-to-desktop button animation doesn't work. I replaced the image I had to, but nothing changed. I just get this white thing when pressing the button, which was already there before I changed the image.



So basically
a) how to get rid of the glow effect.
b) how to make the go-to-desktop button work properly.


Attached Files
File Type: rar theme2.rar (438.2 KB, 2 views)
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16 Dec 2013   #18
Bongo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 10 Pro
 
 

A
I cannot reproduce it so there's no way that I know of to fix it sorry, I would go to Windows Style Builder forum Here and ask they are very knowledgeable there.

B
I'm still learning Windows 8.1 and I gave you the wrong location of first-time it is at Windows 8 (For Testing Purposes Only) > ShowDesktop > <1> it looks like only the Pressed part of the button works the rest must come from the taskbar color.

Jerry
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