This is a little tool for Windows 7 (afaik it doesn't work for Vista users, and I won't add compatibility for Vista, sorry guys) that allows you to change literally everything regarding Windows Aero.
New in Version 1.0.2: Replaced the Transparency slider with a checkbox. This change is for the best, I think. New in Version 1.0.3: There's now a logging feature in DWMColorMod. If you have any problems with this tool, e.g. the opacity not being set correctly, activate the "Log stuff" checkbox after starting the tool. It will automatically save a log file with some info on your desktop when you close it. New in Version 1.1: DWMColorMod now notices when the Aero color is changed by another tool (Aero Adjuster, for example ), and changes the sliders according to the new color. (DWMColorMod's window mustn't be focused to make that feature work)
(The theme is the awesome "Windows 8 VS for Win7" by the equally awesome =fediaFedia, get it here -> [link] )
Explorer Toolbar Editor is powerful and easy-to-use software that helps you add or remove buttons from the Windows Explorer toolbar in Windows 7. Unlike other existing programs, Explorer Toolbar Editor supports multiple folder types and displays the current set of buttons for each one. Also, you can use it to reorder the toolbar buttons.
Explorer Toolbar Editor allows you to: - view current button sets for each folder type - add/remove buttons to individual or all folder types - change the order of buttons on the toolbar - restore the default set of buttons
UPDATE: New version 2.0 released which comes with lots of new features such as ability to add website links, files and folders shortcuts in Desktop context menu. Check out homepage for full details.
I posted a detailed tutorial in past at AskVG.com which allows you to add your desired favorite program shortcut in Windows 7 and Windows 8 Desktop context menu so that you can run that program quickly and easily by just right-click on Desktop:
"Right Click Context Menu Adder" is a free and portable utility created by AskVG reader "Gromas" which allows you to add your favorite application shortcut, website link, file or folder shortcut in Windows 7 and Windows 8 Desktop context menu quickly and easily and you'll not need to modify Windows Registry yourself, this software will do the job for you.
Just run the tool, select the program, website URL, etc and add it to Desktop context menu.
Aura is application that calculates average color of desktop background image or active window icon and sets it as Aero Glass color. It works like color hot-track in Windows 7 taskbar. Aura written in C# using WPF and Visual Studio 2010.
It's like a new feature of Windows 8 - Aero Auto-Colorization
NOTE: The screenshot is showing all 3 panels at different positions in Windows Explorer. It was done to show the output using a single window. You can change position of a single panel or all using the tutorials mentioned below.
All DeviantART members love Windows customization and the best and most popular section of DeviantART is "Windows Themes" section.
Many custom 3rd party themes look much better when we change positions of Details Pane, Navigation Pane or Command Bar in Windows Explorer.
I have seen many people asking how to move Details Pane at top or move Command Bar at bottom, etc.
So today I decided to create this page to help those people.
The download ZIP file contains links to guides which will teach you:
1. How to move Details Pane at Top in Windows Explorer?
2. How to move Command Bar at Bottom in Windows Explorer?
3. How to move Navigation Pane at Right in Windows Explorer?
Some of these guides were posted at AskVG long time back and now DeviantART members can also get benefit from these guides.
If you want direct links to these tutorials, here they are:
How to Move / Show "Details Pane" at Top in Windows Vista and 7 Explorer? - [link]
How to Move / Show Command Bar (aka Folder Band or Toolbar) at Bottom in Windows 7 Explorer? - [link]
How to Auto-Hide or Disable Command Bar (aka Folder Band) in Windows Vista and 7 Explorer? - [link]
How to Move / Show "Navigation Pane" at Right in Windows 7 Explorer? - [link]
Feel free to ask any kind of question if you have.
UPDATED. Current v 1.1 - Fixed issue with third-party theme which crash AeroTuner - Added "restore" to restore default DWM settings (which was before changes) - Added possibility to drag AeroTuner's window using "big" caption.
AeroTuner is little application was created as example for DWM programming article. Can be useful because: -It allows you to change all DWM parameters separately without DWM restarting -Can change Aero Stripes amount or even disable them -Can change colors for normal and overleed windows separately.
Everything from this list you can’t make through Windows 7 UI.
Guys, let me introduce the This PC Tweaker 1.0 RTM app! This is final release and it is not just good, it is WONDERFUL
First, I would like to say that Windows 8.1, Windows 8 and Windows 7 support is implemented. The separate version of Windows 7 is finally available. With This PC Tweaker, you will be able to perform the following customizations:
to add any folder to the Computer/This PC folder. Really any!
to remove any folder from the Computer/This PC folder.
to change the icon for any folder inside Computer/This PC.
to add any shell location like Administrative tools, God Mode, Network Connections
you can pin or unpin Computer/This PC items from the Navigation Pane of Explorer in Windows 8.1, Windows 8 and even in Windows 7!
You can remove or add any item from the Folders category inside the Computer/This PC folder.
to restore defaults with one click.
I've created two videos to show you the power of This PC Tweaker:
The change log: * The application was rewritten from scratch. + Added ability to add any folder + Added ability to change icons + Added navigation pane pinning support for Windows 7 + Added proper Windows x64 handling + Added translations support * Fixed many bugs
Note: the Navigation Pane editor feature was dropped from the RTM release of This PC Tweaker 1.0 due to bugs and stability issues. It will be released as a separate app very soon. I promise. Amazing icon created by Rhor.