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Windows 7: Reddish colour in the taskbar

11 Apr 2011   #11
jademoore6

Windows 8.1 pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bellzemos View Post
you are running it on a sandbox, can you try running that same program on normal mode and try if you get the same red hover color? post a screenshot after. thanks!


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11 Apr 2011   #12
Bellzemos

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

No, it's not that. Sometimes WinAmp becomes red instead of the site - and I'm always running WinAmp outside of the sandbox.
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11 Apr 2011   #13
Bellzemos

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

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11 Apr 2011   #14
Mike Connor

Several, including Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

As somebody else already pointed out. the colour of the "glow" depends on the icon. If the icon is predominantly red, then the "glow" is red. If the icon is predominantly blue, the "glow" is blue.

This is called "Color Hot-Track".



It works by dynamically abstracting the color values of the application icon to find the most dominant RGB value. So when you hover over the icon, the glow changes according to the icon color.

It can be a bit buggy. Usually, a restart will solve most problems, but on some machines/setups it tends to "hang".

The only way to change it is to use some other visual style/theme.

Regards....Mike Connor
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11 Apr 2011   #15
Bellzemos

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

I see! That is a nice looking feature after all, but the red colour is distracting me - especially because it "hangs" for no reason (no hovering or anything).

I'd like to keep my theme (s.saver, background etc.), can you tell me what exactly should I change to get rid of that annoying colour? Is it at least possible to change the red colour to some other if not disable the whole thing?

Thank you.
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11 Apr 2011   #16
Mike Connor

Several, including Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bellzemos View Post
I see! That is a nice looking feature after all, but the red colour is distracting me - especially because it "hangs" for no reason (no hovering or anything).

I'd like to keep my theme (s.saver, background etc.), can you tell me what exactly should I change to get rid of that annoying colour? Is it at least possible to change the red colour to some other if not disable the whole thing?

Thank you.
If you change the icon to one with a different colour, then you will get a different "glow" colour. There is no other way to change it, except by applying a new theme/visual styles.

Regards....Mike Connor
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11 Apr 2011   #17
Bellzemos

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

I applied the Windows Classic theme now. It's a little bit ugly and reminds me of Windows 98 but less distracting than the red coloured taskbar. If there is any other way (theme) which disables those glows, please tell.
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11 Apr 2011   #18
Mike Connor

Several, including Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Sorry, I don't know, I don't play around with themes much. Somebody in the "Customization" section will doubtless be able to tell you.

Regards....Mike Connor
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11 Apr 2011   #19
Bongo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 10 Pro
 
 

Mike's post #14 is the best explanation of it.
I looked into the theme part of it and it does not look like it's possible with a theme either.
Jerry
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11 Apr 2011   #20
Mike Connor

Several, including Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

One way to get rid of it is to set your taskbar to auto-hide. Also probably the reason it does not bother me much!

Regards....Mike Connor
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