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Classic AE 2.5.3 Final by Saarineames Classic AE 2.5.3 Final by Saarineames
Classic AE 2.5.3 (Blue) for Windows 7

A Classic visual style with Aero enhancements.

Four versions included are standard, flat menus (FM), alternate menus (AM) and alternate flat menus (AFM).

What's new?

Version 2.5.3 is basically the same as 2.5.2, but with a few tweaks tailored for taskbar location set to bottom. 2.5.2 was created as an all-in-one style to accomodate any combination of taskbar locations and full DPI settings.

Changes from 2.5.2 to 2.5.3:

- Shortened taskbar height by 1px and removed 3D edge from the bottom.
- Adjusted all button margins, toolbars, grippers, etc.


- No 3D edge on the very bottom of the taskbar. Seamless transition from screen to taskbar.
- Taskbar items can now be accessed via hover/press/select with the cursor hidden at the very bottom of the screen, or via fast action.
- Usability is improved for jumplist activation via left-click.

This version is still perfectly functional for all taskbar location settings. There is no longer a cosmetic bottom 3D edge on the top taskbar. Left and right sides remain unchanged from 2.5.2.

Start buttons for default DPI included. Only difference in buttons from 2.5.2 is #6809 (top, small taskbar).
Extras like ExplorerFrame Mod and Shell32 Mod are identical to previous versions.


Update (2-23-2014) [Visual styles]

Adjusted and improved menus (gutter) for AM and AFM substyles.

Update (12-02-2013) [Visual styles]

Adjusted taskband buttons transparency for smoother hover.

Update (11-11-2013) [Visual styles]

New workaround for taskband flash which greatly improves visiblity. [Important]
See Taskband Flash Revision note for more details.

Update (11-03-2013) [Visual styles]

Adjusted Taskband Thumbnail ListItem states to a more classic style guideline.
Adjusted default AltTab states to a more classic style guideline.

Update (10-28-2013) [Visual styles]

Adjusted start menu places list.
Adjusted progress bar/taskband color green.

Update (5-29-2013)

Adjusted folderband buttons keyfocused state (focus rectangle) for keyboard navigation. [Visual styles]
Added keyfocused states (focus rectangle) for keyboard navigation. [ExplorerFrame Mod]

See changelog for full list of updates.

Notes of importance:

This version is compatible with standard explorer start orb, or custom classic start buttons (recommended).
Start button set for explorer.exe for standard DPI settings included. Use bitmaps or single .res file to update.

Note: For IE9/IE10 users, make sure to enable "Show tabs on a separate row" option for consistency.

Added shell32.dll UIFILE mod for 'classic style' Navigation/Category Panel (optional).
Added Alt+Tab Classic Style Icons .reg to the package. Thanks to Sevenforums.
Added ExplorerFrame mod for search-related areas (optional).


Please respect my work with no rips/alterations. Personal mods are ok.

2010-13 by Saarineames (SAAR).

Some rights reserved. This work is licensed under a
Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License.
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Can ribbon be also themed?
MWillberg Mar 24, 2014  New member
Great effort, but still few annoyances. Just switch the theme to classic and the differences are really obivious: titlebar colors are different (too pale, low contrast, should be blue) and same is with start menu highlight, "personalize" window is missing title text etc.
I started on this project with the intention of making a strict Classic style. Due to limitations in Aero, adjustments had to be made. Things evolved. The color scheme ended up somewhere between Classic and Aero Basic. It is what it is.
task manager is not colored
Thanks, but I know. That section draws from "window:color." Changing that property for this small area would affect the entire system scheme.
Duiker Dec 1, 2013   Digital Artist
This is just the best, thanks so much
Thanks! I just updated the style a few moments ago if you're interested.
Duiker Dec 4, 2013   Digital Artist
Oh sweet, I'll check it out!
hi!! i love your theme a lot, thank you for making it!! the only issue is, i really dont like the color you have set for the windows, and when i tried to customize it it wouldnt let me change it. do you think you could tell me how to change it, or possibly make a different version with either the color #D4EEF7 blended with #D4D8F7 as a secondary color or just #D4EEF7 by itself (if thats easier)? i would appreciate it more than you know! Pray 
and just to clarify i meant the bar at the top of the window, i think in "personalization" the value is called "active title bar".
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