Feat Req: Change BG color for subfolders

Mr. D
  • Mr. D

    Mr. D - 2012-03-15

    Feature Request: Change background color for start menu subfolders

    I had been using VistaStartMenu (freeware) but the latest versions (which
    are called StartMenuX) have eliminated the options I like best. I'm now
    using ClassicStartMenu.

    Here's my request: When the mouse hovers over a folder in the start menu (or
    clicks on the folder) then the subfolder opens. However, it's sometimes
    difficult to see the contents as it gets lost with the background of the
    rest of the start menu.

    Could there be an option to alternate background color -- say white, light-
    white, etc. -- this would make it easy to see the contents of the sub-

    Thanks for your consideration.

  • Anonymous - 2012-03-15

    Ah I see what you mean. Sometimes I have had this problem too but it's not too
    severe. You can use skins to change this. For example, if you have a dual
    column layout, you can use the Windows 7/Vista Aero skins whose right column
    is black. Then if you customize the menu to keep expanding items on the left
    with the submenus in white set from skin options, there will be a contrast.

    Or you can completely create you own skin which allows specifying a custom
    submenu background color using Resource Hacker (open an existing skin in it
    and save it with a different name). Read the skin tutorial: http://classicshe

  • Mr. D

    Mr. D - 2012-03-17

    OK, I gave it a try. I added:


    and then every submenu -- including that which is opened by "Programs" has
    background D2D2D2.

    I then removed that and added is so:


    and got the same result.

    Maybe I'm missing something -- is it possible to alternate submenu background

    See the attached image and note how the "games" submenu overlays the 3rd and
    4th columns of the "Programs" menu in such a way that it is almost
    indistinguishable. In addition, note that >all< the backgrounds (except for
    the main manu) are the same color: d2d2d2.

  • Anonymous - 2012-03-17

    Okay I misunderstood. I thought you were asking for just an alternate submenu
    color. You want submenus nested inside one another to show in an alternate
    color background, one white, then another grey. No that is not currently
    possible but that's a nice idea. Ivo can decide that whether he wants to add
    such a feature and let you know. I face that problem too sometimes.

  • Ivo Beltchev

    Ivo Beltchev - 2012-03-17

    Yeah, there is no way to alternate sub-menu styles. It will require a whole
    new set of skin properties.
    If you want to distinguish the sub-menus better, you may make the border more
    visible. Look at skins like Luna that use a bitmap for the sub-menus.


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