Windows 7 Changing colors of window buttons (and perhaps start menu/taskbar themes?)

Discussion in 'Desktop Customization' started by Ryuukumori, Sep 4, 2011.

  1. Ryuukumori

    Ryuukumori New Member

    Sep 2, 2011
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    It sounds fairly simple, but I don't know where to start or what to find. What I'd like to change is the button colors (just the red x) to blue.


    Also, I found this site that has different start menu button layouts. Not sure where to go from here though.

    Customize Your Windows 7 Start Menu Button - TechSpot Guides

    Any help would be greatly appreciated!
  2. Elmer

    Elmer Extraordinary Member

    Mar 5, 2010
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    Hi Ryuukumori and Welcome to The Forum.

    Changing the Close button will mean editing a .msstyles file which you will find located in C:\Windows\Resources\Themes. (To save typing I'm going to assume you'll be modifying the standard aero.msstyles theme and I'll quote from a previous post of mine!! How do I change the colour of this taskbar)
    I've changed the above image numbers to what I believe are the relevant numbers for the close buttons. Once you've got that sorted it is fairly easy to rename your "modified theme" and you can then rename the original aero.msstyles back so you then again have the standard aero theme.

    Below are a couple of quick colour changes made by sliding the Hue control under Adjustments >> Hue/Saturation in Photoshop completely to the right.
    Blue 966. Blue 936.

    Start Button.
    The Start button program is a small utility that does what you can do manually yourself, but quicker. What it does is: Copies Explorer.exe and saves it as a backup, replaces the Start Button (also called Start Orb) with your new one and then stops and re-starts your Explorer.exe. The Start Orb is then changed. All you need to do now is find a Start Orb you like. The best place to find them, in my experience, is on deviantArt/Start Orbs. You might even spot a couple of Start Orbs I've made in there!!

    If I've given the wrong numbers/ you're trying to change the buttons in a different theme, the numbers may well be different. Any problems, feel free to come back. I'm never too far away!!
    #2 Elmer, Sep 5, 2011
    Last edited: Sep 5, 2011

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