Icons in start menu pixelated until restart?

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vinscuzzy
2011-01-02
2012-10-29
  • vinscuzzy

    vinscuzzy - 2011-01-02

    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?

     
  • vinscuzzy

    vinscuzzy - 2011-01-02

    Sorry, i meant to say is there anyway to rebuild the icon cache WITHOUT
    restarting the computer?

     
  • Ivo Beltchev

    Ivo Beltchev - 2011-01-03

    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 ;)

     
  • vinscuzzy

    vinscuzzy - 2011-01-03

    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
    right.

     
  • Ivo Beltchev

    Ivo Beltchev - 2011-01-03

    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.

     
  • Ivo Beltchev

    Ivo Beltchev - 2011-01-03

    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.

     
  • vinscuzzy

    vinscuzzy - 2011-01-03

    Its always programs. I created a flickr account so you can see what I mean.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/57837314@N06/

    youll need to view them fullscreen to see what Im talking about.....

     
  • Ivo Beltchev

    Ivo Beltchev - 2011-01-03

    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).

     
  • vinscuzzy

    vinscuzzy - 2011-01-03

    nope, no apps i know of would be affecting icons. weird....

     
  • Ivo Beltchev

    Ivo Beltchev - 2011-01-03

    OK, then maybe I can make a special version for troubleshooting this problem.
    Please send an email to classicshell@ibeltchev.com. I will send you back a
    custom build.

     
  • xpclient

    xpclient - 2011-01-04

    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.

     
  • Ivo Beltchev

    Ivo Beltchev - 2011-02-05

    Classic Shell version 2.9.3 was just released. It fixes the pixelation for
    icons larger than 32x32.

     
  • Anonymous - 2011-02-05

    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
    help?

     
  • Ivo Beltchev

    Ivo Beltchev - 2011-02-05

    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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