Start8: Using a Custom Start Button Image

Monday, November 05, 2012 by Island Dog | Discussion: Personal Computing

Start8 has been well received and has become quite popular with users of Windows 8.  I wanted to focus on one feature in particular today which is the ability to use custom images for the start button.  Start8 already includes a couple you can choose from in the main configuration, and there’s also several custom ones available that are included as well.

Change the Start Button

Changing the start button image is easy, just click the ‘pick image’ box in the Style section of the Start8 configuration.  You’ll then open up a window where you can choose from quite a few different start button images. 

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We have a gallery on WinCustomize just for Start8 start menu buttons, and you can download more from there, and make your own to submit to WinCustomize to share with others.  Once you download a start button image, just place it in the Start button folder in the Start8 directory.

Typically, that would be here: C:\Program Files (x86)\Stardock\Start8\StartButtons

Create Your Own Button

Start8 Start buttons are pretty easy to create.  It’s just one image file with 3 images stacked vertically saved in a .PNG format.

Here’s an example:

Win8_start_clear_blue

Here are the 3 graphics stacked.  The top is the normal state, then the hovered state, and the bottom is the pressed state.  Each image represents what the button will look like in those states.  That’s what the start menu button consists of, and when you have your image done you can place it in the folder mentioned above.

A free trial for Start8 is available, and the full version is just $4.99.

http://www.stardock.com/products/start8/

RedneckDude
Reply #1 Tuesday, August 06, 2013 1:10 AM

What size is needed?

Island Dog
Reply #2 Tuesday, August 06, 2013 10:09 AM

No real set size, just something reasonable to be used on the task bar.

 

RedneckDude
Reply #3 Tuesday, August 06, 2013 11:30 AM

I love Start8! The default Windows8 button sucks.

Uvah
Reply #4 Tuesday, August 06, 2013 12:07 PM

Time to sharpen the crayons. 

StevenAus
Reply #5 Wednesday, August 07, 2013 5:36 AM

Crayons can be sharp?  Ouch.

RedneckDude
Reply #6 Thursday, January 02, 2014 3:42 PM

If you use WindowBlinds, you'll also need to tell WindowBlinds to use the OS start button in WB config. Otherwise, the Start8 option is inaccessible.

 

 

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