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Windows 7: Taskbar Button: Change Color of Orange Flashing Button

Taskbar Button: Change Color of Orange Flashing Button

How to Change the Orange Flashing Taskbar Button Color in Windows 7
Published by Bongo
25 Nov 2012
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How to Change the Orange Flashing Taskbar Button Color in Windows 7

information   Information
This tutorial will show you how to change the orange flashing taskbar button color in Windows 7. You could use it to change to other states also.

Tip   Tip
You should make a new theme so the defaut aero.msstyles does not get corrupt. Look at Post #38 to see how Start menu color change ??

You will need to do 1 of these 2 ways of Enabling custom themes so the new theme will work.
Enabling Custom Themes - Windows 7
Theme - How to Apply Custom Themes
Note   Note
These image #s are only for the default aero.msstyles 3rd party custom themes have different #s
Note   Note
The Top and Bottom taskbar button image are each 60px wide x 40px high. The #s are 1014,1015,1016,1017 and all have the top 7 states just #1014 has 10 states.

The Left and Right taskbar button image are each 60px wide x 46px high. The #s are 1024,1025,1026,1027 and all have the top 7 states just #1024 has 10 states.
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Note   Note
The Pinned states are anything pinned on the taskbar.

You can get a 30 day free trial of Restorator - Bome Software - Restorator - the resource editor for customization, localization, and translation.

Gimp free GIMP - Downloads

1: Open Restorator and Click on the open button.
2: In the Open window lower right change it to All files(*.*).
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3: Navagate to the .msstyles that you just made, Click on it, then Click on Open.
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4: Click on the Arrow at Image to expand it and Scroll down to 1014 and Click on it.


5: Click on Resources > Extract > Click on Extract as "1014.png".
6: Name it 1014 and Click Save (save it to your desktop).
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7: Open Gimp, Click on File then Click on Open.
Navagate to the 1014.png you just saved on Click Open. Image is open in Gimp
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8: Click on View > Zoom > Click on 8:1 (800) (will be easier to see).
9: On the Gimp Toolbox top left Click on the Rectangular Marquee Tool.
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10: Scroll down to 240px, with the Rectangular Marquee Tool left click and hold down on the mouse button and from 240px draw to the right and down to 280px > x 60px wide, there should be a move line around the area.
11: Click on Color then Click on Colorize.
12: In the Colorize window move the sliders to your liking Click OK (if preview is checked you will see the changes before you click OK).
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13: When done editing Click File, Click Save.
14: Back at Restorator Click on 1014. Click on Resources > Assign > Click on Assign to "1014.png".


15: Navagate to the 1014.png you just edited Click on it and Click Open. You will see the change.
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16: Click File > Click Save. Restorator will save a backup copy.

26 Nov 2012   #1

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient


Very nice, Jerry.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
26 Nov 2012   #2
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64

Great work Jerry! You are a master at this stuff!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
26 Nov 2012   #3

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 10 Pro

Thank you Lee and Colin
My System SpecsSystem Spec

16 Jan 2013   #4

win7 x64 enterprise

Okay, I'm really feaking confused. I managed to change the flashing orange button on my virtual machine (it was IMAGE 1151 for me) but using the very same .msstyle on my main install, it apparently doesn't use the same graphic resource. What determines which resource is used? The resolution you are using in Windows, or something along those lines? It's super weird.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Jan 2013   #5

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 10 Pro

You must be using a third-party custom theme post a link to it and I will look at it and give you the numbers for the buttons.

There are 8 different images for the taskbar (4 for horizontal and 4 for vertical) and you said you only edited one that would probably be why.
There are different images depending on how you have the taskbar set like Never Combine etc.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Jan 2014   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Hey, i did everything the tutorial said and it doesnt change for some reason. I rebooted, i patched the files to allow custom themes. And when i open the .msstyles with restorator again i can see my file there. I am supposed to double click on jack.theme to apply? If yes - it doesnt change.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 Aug 2015   #7
MrMii Win 7

Windows 7 Pro x64 (SP1)

Can you edit the .msstyles file in Resource Hacker? Because I kind of don't have Restorator...
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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