#261 Skin Color(s)


Being a "customizer" by nature, I have come to love your Classic Shell software since acquiring Windows 8. I am sorry I did not know of it earlier with Windows 7. In fact, I was extremely excited to be able to go all the way back to the Windows 98 SE style start menu which was my favorite, though I grew to like the XP one as well.

I will admit that though I find your software 98.9% perfect for my needs and give you high praise over the paid software that claims to do the same thing, there is one feature I would love. I tested Start8 and was surprised how little customization Stardock put into that software, but the one thing they did was make the menu automatically adjust in color to the desktop settings. This would be a visually pleasing feature add to a nearly perfect piece of software.

Specifically, I am using the classic style menu with the Metro skin as I am trying to keep the feel of having a new OS with the better functionality of the old. If that Metro skin could change with the colors of the taskbar in Windows 8 (or 7 for that matter) that would be awesome. In the meantime, I have made my taskbar as close in color to your attractive Metro skin as possible (Windows 8 stupidly keeping the window title text in black keeps me from getting any darker.)

Thank you for great software. I will drop you a donation after my next paycheck because it rocks.



  • Ivo Beltchev

    Ivo Beltchev - 2012-12-29

    The Aero and Basic skins change color with the current glass color.
    The Classic skin matches the current system menu color.

    The Metro skin however doesn't. It needs a whole palette of complementary colors, which is not possible to get by a single RGB value that the system provides. For example it needs a text color that is guaranteed to be readable against the background. It needs a slight variation of the background color to use for selection and various frames. One potential solution is to provide a number of preset palettes and somehow pick the one that matches the current system color. However for the moment this is not a planned feature.

    BTW, you can edit the Metro skin yourself and make it use whatever colors you need. It is one of the less-complicated skins. Here's how: http://classicshell.sourceforge.net/skintutorial.html

    Last edit: Ivo Beltchev 2012-12-29
  • Kevin Skaret

    Kevin Skaret - 2012-12-29

    That is very helpful I should have thought of that and thanks for the link. The skin is elegant as is. Actually, truth be told, I wish that I could make my windows 8 color scheme match your Metro skin for the start menu. Thank you.


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