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Windows 7: Can I change the taskbar to a single image?

30 Mar 2014   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
Can I change the taskbar to a single image?

Hi, iv'e looked through sevenforums for quite some time now looking for an explanation (as well as the rest of the internet).
To explain, I'm creating a custom theme for windows 7... A simple steampunk styled theme... And I'm trying to edit the .msstyles file to show the taskbar as a full image (my current test is a simple wood sample, 40 pixels high, a few hundred long), but problem the problem is I can't seem to find the file to edit, I manually searched and found resource 1010 under IMAGE is the top few pixels of the taskbar... So I replaced it, but it makes no difference?
(I know the system works, as I already replaced the "Show Desktop" (Aero peek) button...

And now the question.
How does the fitting system work on windows 7 themes? if I create an image the width of the screen resolution minus 17 pixels for the aero peek button, will that work properly?

Thanks in advance.

P.S. I use:
ResHack (Resource Hacker)
Windows 7 Home Premium SP1
screen resolution (on my test computer): 1366X768

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31 Mar 2014   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 10 Pro

Welcome to the Seven Forums

For the bottom taskbar that image numbers are 845, 1028. This depends on how you have your taskbar button set. See screenshots #845 is green and #1028 is blue.
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It doesn't have to be the width of your screen resolution, my current theme is 25 pixels high 48 pixels long, I also have one that is 40 pixels high and 200 pixels long it will be probably trial and error to make it look good.

If you are using a theme someone else already customize those numbers may be wrong post a link to the custom theme if that is what has happened.


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01 Apr 2014   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

Thanks, I'll try that later...

As for the image used, is there any way for me to use a single image without it being distorted to fit the screen? I don't intend to distribute the theme, and i know the resolutions of the screens I'll be using it on, so will using images the width of my screens (take 17 pixels for the aero peek button) prevent distortion?

Thanks in advance
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01 Apr 2014   #4

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 10 Pro

You'll just have to try it and see, trial and error is it only way you'll get it there is some stretching that goes on with the taskbar images.

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