Whenever I drag and drop shortcuts to classic startmenu they are very
pixelated. I set large icons to 48, and small icons to 32 because Im using a
tablet, and wanted the icons more finger friendly. If I restart the computer,
the icons resize themselves, and look fine. Is there anyway to rebuild the
icon cache with restarting the computer?
Also, is there anyway to add the search field at the bottom of the default
win7 to classicstartmenu?
Sorry, i meant to say is there anyway to rebuild the icon cache WITHOUT
restarting the computer?
OK, just to confirm - you have set the icon size to 48, then you drop a
shortcut into the main menu, and the shortcut is pixelated? Where are you
dragging the shortcut from - the Desktop, Explorer, some other place? What OS
are you using - Windows 7 or Vista? 32 or 64 bit?
And to answer your questions:
1) You can right-click on the start button and select "Exit". Then simply run
ClassicStartMenu.exe again. That should rebuild the cache.
2) Search has been requested often in the past, however I don't like it. It is
tricky to do search right, make it fast, and show results in a nice way. I
just saw this other tool today: http://coreaffinity.megabyet.net/classicwinst
artmenu.htm - it
has a search and does a pretty decent job at it. However if you care about
pixelated icons, you will be disappointed ;)
Sorry I wasnt clear. I have the icon size set to 48 in settings, win 7 pro, 32
bit. And ive tried dragging the shortcuts from everywhere. I even tried
changing the shortcut icon b4 dragging. In photoshop I made 256x256, 128x128,
48x48, and 24x24 sized icons, and theyre always pixelated, until I restart.
Sometimes if I change the icon size in classicmenu settings, the folders are
even pixelated until I restart. I tried exiting out and restarting
classicmenu, but it doesnt help. I HAVE to restart to get the icons to look
That's weird. I tried your steps and I do get pixelated icons, but they don't
change after a restart. Are you ABSOLUTELY SURE they change? A screenshot
before and after would be nice :)
I know why it happens though. The functionality for getting the icons only
supports custom icon sizes partially. Basically I tell it - give me an icon of
this size. Then it either says - "ok, here", or it says "I don't have the
icon, go get it from that file". The first case gives me the required size but
unfortunately it only happens for very special circumstances, like the Games
folder. In the second case I need to use a separate API for getting the icon
from the provided location. That API can only give me the standard sizes for
small and large icons. The actual standard sizes depend on your system
settings like DPI and others (and are usually 32 and 16). So most likely the
large size on your system is 32x32, and then I have to stretch it to 48x48.
There is another API, which is undocumented (or rather under-documented) that
can let me get the right size icons in most cases. Using it carries certain
risks that I need to assess before I go with it.
I'd like to know if you are placing programs or documents (like .txt, .doc,
etc) in the start menu. And which of the two get fixed after a restart.
Its always programs. I created a flickr account so you can see what I mean.
youll need to view them fullscreen to see what Im talking about.....
I see now you mean the sub-menus (that use the small icons). I tried setting
my small icon size to 32 and I do get pixelated icons, however it doesn't
change after a restart.
Do you have some application that may be affecting the icons? Microangelo On
Display is one that's known to cause problems. (although in this case it is
fixing the problems, not causing them).
nope, no apps i know of would be affecting icons. weird....
OK, then maybe I can make a special version for troubleshooting this problem.
Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. I will send you back a
I just tried this. Also getting pixelated icons even for ones that exist in
256 x 256 sizes like MS Office ones but restart makes no difference. Always
getting them pixelated.
Classic Shell version 2.9.3 was just released. It fixes the pixelation for
icons larger than 32x32.
Cool man, thanks for the heads up! I noticed in the description, you said a
new search feature was enabled? I couldn't find it in the new version. Any
Go to the settings, find the Search Box tab, and enable the search.
You also need to have a Search Box item in your menu. If you are using the
default menu, you should already have this item at the bottom. If you have
modified the menu items you will have to add a Search Box item manually. Go to
the Customize Start Menu tab and drag the "Search Box" item from the right
column to the left. Place it anywhere you like (preferably in the main menu).
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