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Metro folders and colors

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    cornwall,uk
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    windows 7 /windows 8 Dev

    Metro folders and colors


    as a relative newcomer to win 8.( despite some trials that kept me uninterested) forced with 8 os on new laptop

    i am coming to enjoy it more. i pretty much ignore the metro start

    anyway cut to the chase,

    what i would liked to have seen in win 8 was metro style folders that could change color depending on the color scheme chosen by the user.

    any developers out there ?

    if you know of any folder changers that work please post a link.

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    I had it forced on me when our old lappy died. Ive had to install a third party app to get the start button back to stop the wife moaning at me all the time (like it was my fault). I wish they had made a new os instead of taking a sideways step and trying to figure out ways to make win 7 harder to use (which as far as i can tell is all they did with win 8 )

    The best way to "mod" win 8 is to wipe your drive and install 7
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  3. #3


    cornwall,uk
    Posts : 157
    windows 7 /windows 8 Dev


    i use start8 i like win 8 i have a couple of annoyances but on the whole it performs well for me. i would have liked the choice to put the details pane at the foot of a window though as it irritates me with it taking over two inches of the right of a window
    i have to click to toggle it which is annoying, i suppose i got used to it a different way in vista and win7 but i dont see having to toggle the details pane just to see the length of a movie file as beneficial.
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    I have no issues with the way win 8 performs I just dont like the way they have implemented it. Being a long time pc gamer and overclocker (and as a result coming across pretty much every fault or issue windows has had to offer over the years , most of it my own doing ) id consider myself quite advanced when it comes to windows , but win 8 has had me scratching my head , googling and asking questions on here to do sometimes quite basic tasks ........... I suppose if i had a tablet id be happier with it
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  5. #5


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center

    Maybe Decor 8 ?


    Quote Originally Posted by boohbah View Post
    as a relative newcomer to win 8.( despite some trials that kept me uninterested) forced with 8 os on new laptop


    what i would liked to have seen in win 8 was metro style folders that could change color depending on the color scheme chosen by the user.
    Are you looking for something like in the picture below ?
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    cornwall,uk
    Posts : 157
    windows 7 /windows 8 Dev


    thanks medab1 , no i meant the generic explorer folders, i have never liked the yellow folder in explorer and have used dark ones in vista and 7, i would have thought MS would have changed this in 8 given the changes they have already made.
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    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by boohbah View Post
    thanks medab1 , no i meant the generic explorer folders, i have never liked the yellow folder in explorer and have used dark ones in vista and 7, i would have thought MS would have changed this in 8 given the changes they have already made.
    OK.
    I've changed a few yellow folders to custom icons.(So I can find them easier)
    Another giant step backwards by Microsoft was to remove the ability to change scroll bar colors, etc.
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    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by boohbah View Post
    thanks medab1 , no i meant the generic explorer folders,
    I have Home of Microangelo: The Grand Daddy of Icon Software

    They have a free Trial version of the ToolSet.
    The full version costs $$$.

    I used my full version to change some yellow folders to various colors.
    You might want to check it out.
    A picture--
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  9. #9


    cornwall,uk
    Posts : 157
    windows 7 /windows 8 Dev


    that looks interesting, if you used in win 8 did it display the folders correctly with the content thumbnails showing on the folder ,i changed my folders the other day but the content thumbs didnt show, i may have had to rebuild the thumbnail cache but i reverted to defaults as i wasnt happy with just the open closed folders changed i still saw yellow zip folders and yellow user folders, im waiting for an icon pack from mr grim over at virtual customs. hes working on a dark win 8 icon pack atm.
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  10. #10


    cornwall,uk
    Posts : 157
    windows 7 /windows 8 Dev


    i found these but im not keen on the yellow folder but its along the lines i was thinking. be good if there was a tool that allowed the colors to change with the system color changes.

    MetroAero Folder icon by ~simobortolo on deviantART

    Click image for larger version
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