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Clearscreen Sharp for Vista


Hey all,

I've been working on these themes since last year. I redid 99% of the images in the .msstyles, support all the DPI's, and some optional extra's (navigation/shutdown buttons, userpicture, welcome center). Windows 7 is going to be released soon, and I have preordered it (Oct. 22) but will start working on it before the storewide release date.


Clearscreen Sharp is the sharper and lighter version of Clearscreen Round.

This is the second of three themes.

* You can download all the versions in one easy link: *Uploading

* Or download the currently viewed theme by clicking "Download" to your top left.


Installation: Check out this great guide at WinMatrix -> [link]

You can also apply the themes without messing with any of your files by downloading StyleSelector (32-bit OS only), AveStyler (Shareware), Tuneup Utilities 2009 (Shareware), or UXStyle (Free & Shareware).



  • Resource Monitor shares with the titlebar text color (white) -- becomes difficult to read on the gray gradient it sits on. This will have to be fixed outside the theme by hacking the Resource Monitor (maybe hexing the gradient or replacing the image)... wouldn't know where to look, though :(.


    Thanks to: ~thepanda-x, Ave, ~ZEUSosX, =Satukoro, ~sweatyfish, ~GrzegorzJZD, ~invaderjohn, and everyone who commented and reported bugs!

    /etc: I used Photoshop CS3 and Vista Style Builder to create these themes.


    V4 (FINAL):

    [Sharp/Round/Basic] Added 24px Taskbar option, Max Transparency option, and Userpicture option
    [Sharp/Round/Basic] Support for 120 / 144 / 192 dpi (completed the high dpi graphics set)
    [Sharp/Round/Basic] Re-enabled context menu seperators to prevent Tablet PC Input Panel menu's from breaking ([link])
    [Sharp] Fixed shadow to appear under titlebar on maximized windows (for Max Transparency version)
    [Sharp] Fixed restore glyph clipping ([link])
    [Sharp/Round/Basic] Fixed clock to display fully in heightened taskbar mode
    [Sharp/Round/Basic] Fixed tray icon tooltips and menus from overlaying taskbar
    [Sharp/Round/Basic] Fixed alignment issues in Group menu
    [Sharp/Round/Basic] Fixed tooltip to appear correctly (You may have seen the double-shadow bug while hovering over a button in Firefox)
    [Round] Fixed styling of disabled menu entries to 'normal' instead of bold
    [Round] Fixed the taskbar stretching margins
    [Shellstyle.dll] Redirected dtb() method of the Control Panel Folderband BG image to pull image from CommandBar instead of the rebar BG as it was probably intended. Read about the goof-up here: [link]
    [Shellstyle.dll] Changed Folderband font styling to match other areas
    [Shellstyle.dll] Fixed text alignment of hotlink "Show more details..." in the details pane when more than 15 files are highlighted
    [explorer.exe] Added custom shutdown buttons and userpicture option
    [shell32.dll] Removed overlaying design on Control Panel navigation
    [browseui.dll] Added custom navigation buttons
    [oobefldr.dll] Modified Welcome Center to fit the theme


    [Sharp/Round/Basic] Swapped solid bordering on buttons with transparent ones
    [Sharp/Round/Basic] Fixed text clipping in menu's for longer/wide-character languages (like Chinese)
    [Sharp/Round/Basic] Fixed text clipping in Windows Security Center
    [Sharp/Round/Basic] Fixed text clipping with Toolbar button text
    [Sharp/Round/Basic] Fixed CommandLink button to retain fidelity on its bottom edge when stretched vertically
    [Round/Basic] Fixed gradient banding on the gloss of the Start menu & Taskbar on clsRound and clsBasic, much thanks to ~sweatyfish
    [Sharp/Round/Basic] Fixed unreadable Help window and Alternate Toolbar area ([link]) to match the other toolbars for a consistent look
    [Round/Basic] Aligned group menu icons with the icon on the grouped taskbar button
    [Sharp/Basic] Added matching vertical progressbars
    [Sharp/Round/Basic] Fixed x64 graphical glitches (seperator, indeterminate progress bar, explorer navigation pane, disabled button, commandlink)!

    Hopefully these are the last of the major bugs. Perfection and compatability with everything is an impossible task with custom msstyles on Vista, but I want to get as close to it as possible! :) The reason why it is impossible: Some programs use their own code along with code pulled from the msstyles -- that can spawn problems as the programmer created the program to work with the default Vista Aero theme. Also, because Vista msstyles does a lot of sharing with global properties. I had to implement many properties in many different parts and states for custom styling! xD So let's hope this version goes smoothly so we can get some variations going for V4!


    [Sharp] Fixed Breadcrumb bar vertical seperators to match Round (how it was originally supposed to be)
    [Sharp] Changed TreeItem hot state to match the sharp corners of others
    [Sharp/Round/Basic] Redid Scrollbars for better contrast, redid slider trackbars for a sharper look.
    [Sharp] Changed Padded Border Width to 1 from 0 to prevent dialog window frames from breaking.
    [Sharp/Round/Basic] Placeslist images reworked (truesize value now set to stretched to fit other languages with more/wider characters)
    [Sharp/Round/Basic] Fixed taskbar 1px bottom row of inactivity
    [Sharp/Round/Basic] Fixed start menu program name clipping
    [Sharp/Round/Basic] Made Folderband/Communications/Media/Toolbar buttons transparent -- Help menu now visible
    [Sharp/Round/Basic] Recolored indeterminate progress bar to match normal progressbar and saved as 32-bit PNG
    [Sharp/Round/Basic] Centered Scrollbar Gripper on bottom scrollbar
    [Sharp/Round/Basic] Darkened disabled checkboxes and radio buttons a bit
    [Sharp/Round/Basic] Made flashing taskbar window button's orange glow more vibrant
    [Sharp/Round/Basic] Made transparent tab area solid -- no more black gaps in some apps in the filter sort
    [Sharp/Round/Basic] Changed contentmargins to fit the icons within the addressbar and searchbar (seen in FireFox default skin), thanks to Sweatyfish


    - No more third party theme changer needed (hopefully)!
    - Packed in "No Folderband Autohide" shellstyle

    Clearscreen Sharp (currently viewing)
    Clearscreen Round
    Clearscreen Basic
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    Lyzenmachine's avatar
    Thx for that. Works Perfect C:
    Now im Happy <3
    :O I loved it and where can I get the background wallpaper :O This makes theme cleaner
    illage2's avatar
    Nice VS. Added it to favorites. How do you get the back and forward buttons on the Windows explorer?
    illage2's avatar
    Ah never mind about the explorer buttons. None the less it is a nice and clean VS. Are you thinking about making icons and dock themes to compliment this VS?
    ZapperNodle's avatar
    There is a slight problem. Nothing major, but it can really deduct form the theme. If you're on a full-screen window (like Google Chrome), it changes the theme and makes it less transparent. The toolbar almost seems to become solid black.

    Still, truly awesome :excited:
    ZapperNodle's avatar
    Amazing. Love this theme :D.
    Knightrider-of-doom's avatar
    Ya know, I've been on Win7 since it came out and I've been using your Clearscreen theme for 7 since you released it, but sometimes I feel like reinstalling Vista just because this version of the skin feels much more polished for some reason.
    u have to have vista home premium or ultimate. now if its not transparent, right clic on ur desktop > personalize>Windows color and apearance. There will be a list of things choose "vista aero" for transparency. u will also notice that there are no names for the themes and that they are all called the same thing.
    n1nj4-Katak-chan's avatar
    absofreakinlutley amazing
    This is VERY nice. You did an amazing job. :D
    peanutbutter126's avatar
    Just wanted to say that this is a very good theme. It's sleek simple and customisable with all the variations you have provided. Thanks for all the work you've put into this :)
    xZacharias's avatar
    very nice theme :D
    but... maybe you can set the header color changeable? :S
    but great theme
    ravni75's avatar
    Hi it's very great !
    Can you modify it a little bit and make the progress bar blue plz?

    Thx !
    andrethaiss's avatar
    Okay, now i read the whole read-me, but im not going to do it as i cant risk losing all my data, but your theme is the best and will stay in my computer until windows 8 comes out : D
    andrethaiss's avatar
    Great job, although i have a small problem, the theme works and its beautiful, but my shutdown and back/forward buttons are still the same, where am i supposed to put the files in the theme to work?
    musicislife1995's avatar
    featured on my Tumblog [link]

    intae88888888's avatar
    How do i make it transparent?
    uncholowapo's avatar
    Hey where can I get the backgrounds? They look freaking amazing just like your theme :)
    psunnyp's avatar
    i just love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    this is the best theme.
    good luck.
    keep giving better results.
    abhashthapa's avatar
    I really loved your Round Version. It was awesome. I think this is awesome too. More comment after download. ;-)
    plebraly's avatar
    I use this theme for now more than 6 months, but... I've got a big issue with it : the taskbar is noway as transparent as windows edges. When using a plain, sharp color background, this is fine, but could we have a version with the top half of the taskbar totaly transparent and the low part as transparent as the top part is actually?
    That would be lovely, and hopefully usefull for you too :) .
    Thanks a lot for your great work!
    lostsmurf1's avatar
    Absolutly love it! Looking for something like this for a while, a big improvement from using Aero. The instructions were also great for hopeless people like me :P
    CarlMinez's avatar
    I need help!

    I tried step 3! And I did something wrong! I cant get my start menu or explorer to work? Can you please help me restore my computer as it was before the theme?
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