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nigneil146
07-08-2004, 22:33
I've been in the customizing mood lately.

Is there an easy way to change the color of the Start Button in XP? I'm aware you can change the text, picture, and tooltip using Resource Hacker but I don't know how to change the color.

Do you have to use something like StyleXP or something similar? If you do, what is the best program like that to use that doesn't suck up alot of resources? I'm a little short on RAM at the moment.

Thanks in advance for your help.

Here's a pic of my desktop now. Still got a long way to go.

cgwahl
07-09-2004, 01:00
http://www.overclockersclub.com/guides/xpstartbutton.php


http://www.g4techtv.com/feature.aspx?article_key=34910


http://www.abxzone.com/forums/archive/index.php/t-18763.html



There is apparantly a few ways to do it.

NetNinja
07-09-2004, 11:34
I am a neat freak when it comes to my desktop.

You can delete about 12 icons from your desktop.
Most files will open up the default program anyway.

Also you have them on your tool bar at the bottom.

nigneil146
07-09-2004, 15:23
Originally posted by NetNinja
I am a neat freak when it comes to my desktop.

You can delete about 12 icons from your desktop.
Most files will open up the default program anyway.

Also you have them on your tool bar at the bottom.

Yeah, tell me about it. I'm either going to make the taskbar wider and put all the programs in a quick launch there or make the quick launch bar go up the left side if the screen.

I was also looking into objectdock too.

cgwahl
07-09-2004, 17:55
Hey, how do you get that text on the right side showing the system processes and whatnot to show up? Kind of neat. Is it a program or some setting Win XP has?

David_G17
07-09-2004, 18:22
Originally posted by NetNinja
I am a neat freak when it comes to my desktop.

You can delete about 12 icons from your desktop. ...
i have folders on my desktop on my windows computer named "stuff off of desktop 1" and "stuff off of desktop 2", etc.

everytime my screen fills up, i move most of the stuff into a folder.

you'd hate to see it.:)

PlethoraGreen
07-09-2004, 19:17
Originally posted by David_G17
everytime my screen fills up, i move most of the stuff into a folder.

you'd hate to see it.:) Haha.... I'm glad I'm not the only one that does that..... I have a folder on my desktop called "Desktop" for all the crap that I have but don't want to delete and don't know where to put. :)

Soujurn
07-09-2004, 21:56
Originally posted by cgwahl
Hey, how do you get that text on the right side showing the system processes and whatnot to show up? Kind of neat. Is it a program or some setting Win XP has?


I want to know this too.

lomfs24
07-09-2004, 22:47
Originally posted by Soujurn
I want to know this too.

Me too!!!

saber41
07-09-2004, 23:16
Originally posted by cgwahl
Hey, how do you get that text on the right side showing the system processes and whatnot to show up? Kind of neat. Is it a program or some setting Win XP has?

If you are running linux (with KDE) check out Karamba:
http://www.efd.lth.se/~d98hk/karamba/
http://www.kde-look.org/index.php?xcontentmode=38&PHPSESSID=c9598c601a42dc7ef0ff0f65340482e6

If you are using Windows check out Samurize:
http://www.samurize.com/modules/news/

nigneil146
07-09-2004, 23:25
Originally posted by cgwahl
Hey, how do you get that text on the right side showing the system processes and whatnot to show up? Kind of neat. Is it a program or some setting Win XP has?

It's actually a program caller CoolMon. Here's their website http://www.coolmon.org/. It's pretty straight forward to get all the info you want up and running. I took that screenshot about 2 hours after I downloaded Coolmon. After that I got it to display the weather from weather underground.

The only thing I don't like about coolmon is that it doesn't display graphs or images. I downloaded this other program, Samurize, earlier today and it does everthing coolmon does and more. I'm still working on it, but I'll be sure to post a shot of it when I'm close to done.

07-10-2004, 10:26
Originally posted by cgwahl
http://www.overclockersclub.com/guides/xpstartbutton.php


http://www.g4techtv.com/feature.aspx?article_key=34910


http://www.abxzone.com/forums/archive/index.php/t-18763.html



There is apparantly a few ways to do it.

A little FYI for those who want to change their start button text. The g4techtv guide is the easiest to do/us, but where it says to reboot to safe mode w/ command prompt so you can overwrite explorer.exe with the hacked one, you don't have to. Just open a command prompt window (type cmd in the "run" box) then ctrl+alt+del and end the explorer.exe process. Copy over the file in the command prompt then type "explorer" to restart explorer. No reboot necessary. :)

nigneil146
07-10-2004, 11:39
Thanks MasterofPuppets. I'm going to try it out.

I've been playing around with samurize and I finally got something I kind of like. It's not close to done, but you can get an idea of what it does compared to coolmon.

I want to do a calendar and weather, but I'm starting to run a little low on memory. I'm probably going to grab another stick next week.

Here's a screenshot for those who are interested.

Thanks again for the help everyone.

saber41
07-10-2004, 12:23
Originally posted by nigneil146
Here's a screenshot for those who are interested.
The screenie looks good !! :)

David_G17
07-10-2004, 14:51
Originally posted by saber41
If you are running linux (with KDE) check out Karamba:...

anyone know of one for Gnome?

nigneil146
07-10-2004, 15:24
Originally posted by saber41
The screenie looks good !! :)

Thanks saber41. I'm still working on it. ;c

NetNinja
07-10-2004, 20:42
When the Amiga computer was in it's heyday thier was a similar program that did the same thing(display processes and disk space). Unfortunately the name escapes me.

lomfs24
07-10-2004, 21:59
nigniel

how did you get those pretty colors and graphs. I can't get the graphs to look pretty like that

nigneil146
07-10-2004, 22:14
Originally posted by lomfs24
nigniel

how did you get those pretty colors and graphs. I can't get the graphs to look pretty like that

lomfs24,

I sent you a PM.

lomfs24
07-10-2004, 22:26
thanks

MrsKitty
07-10-2004, 22:43
Originally posted by PlethoraGreen
Haha.... I'm glad I'm not the only one that does that..... I have a folder on my desktop called "Desktop" for all the crap that I have but don't want to delete and don't know where to put. :)

I have a "junk" folder for the so-so important trash and "other junk" for the probably will never look at again stuff.

saber41
07-11-2004, 07:57
Originally posted by David_G17
anyone know of one for Gnome?

Check out gdesklets

http://www.icewalkers.com/Linux/Software/519920/gDesklets.html
http://www.pycage.de/software_gdesklets.html