Taskbar buttons too small and too high

Tuesday, December 12, 2023 by asdfgnfdsbcbvdf | Discussion: WindowBlinds

Hi

 

For some reason Start11 is making my taskbar buttons way too small and adding a gap between them and the bottom of my screen - how can I fix this?

 

(the original theme preview inside of the WindowBlinds app shows something pretty much identical to windows 7, so you can use that as a comparison.)

 

Cheers.

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basj
Reply #1 Tuesday, December 12, 2023 8:54 PM

Hello,
Sorry to hear you are having issues. Need to know:-

  1. Your are referring which version of Windowblinds?
  2. Which WB theme?
  3. Which Windows version? Use Winver.exe.
  4. Which Start11 version?
  5. You're referring to which taskbar? Post a screenshot of it, would be nice. or at least a link to it.

Thank you.
Basj,
Stardock Community Assistant.

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Reply #2 Wednesday, December 13, 2023 10:10 AM

Latest versions of WB11 and Start11.

Theme is not relevant because this happens with all themes, but if you really must know, I am using Aero7X.

Windows 11 Version 23H2 22631.2792

I'm not sure what you mean by "which taskbar". I am using the same theme for both Start11 and WindowBlinds 11.

asdfgnfdsbcbvdf
Reply #3 Wednesday, December 13, 2023 10:13 AM

This is the preview. As you can see, the taskbar looks completely different in sizing and placement.

Jan Oscar
Reply #4 Wednesday, December 13, 2023 1:34 PM


(the original theme preview inside of the WindowBlinds app shows something pretty much identical to windows 7, so you can use that as a comparison.)
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This is the preview. As you can see, the taskbar looks completely different in sizing and placement.

That's a screenshot made acording to the coding in SkinStudio when the windowblind was created for and on another operating system than Windows 11 (Windows 8, Vista and later an updated version for Windows 10), and does not have anything to do with how the skin looks applied on your system, if that skin in particular have codes not compatible with Windows 11 - or your system.

There are also many, many mods of that skin available online, and the reason for that is that it's known to have issues. So yes, it does matter to know what skin you are using, if it has been modified, if it applies to all skins, and preferably, does it work with the skins that come with Windowblinds. In addition, do you use any other third party software to customize Windows?

asdfgnfdsbcbvdf
Reply #5 Wednesday, December 13, 2023 1:46 PM

I am using other applications for themes, but WindowBlinds is the only program I have for windows. The rest are for icons, and my taskbar.

 

Every single aero theme has that preview, and all of them have the sizing issue.

Jan Oscar
Reply #6 Wednesday, December 13, 2023 2:09 PM

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Every single aero theme has that preview, and all of them have the sizing issue.
Didn't you read my reply above? That preview is determined by the coding at the time the theme was made, not how it looks applied to your system.

asdfgnfdsbcbvdf

I am using other applications for themes, but WindowBlinds is the only program I have for windows. The rest are for icons, and my taskbar.
Well, that might be the reason why things don't look like you expect. What other apps you are using is essential for us to know to be able to help you. Using several apps from different software provides to customize your system is well known to cause a variety of issues. The more information and/or screenshots you are willing to provide, the more likely it is that we can help you.

asdfgnfdsbcbvdf
Reply #7 Wednesday, December 13, 2023 3:02 PM

Not sure you understand.. it is not possible for the 3rd party apps to be the issue. They are just icon changers and taskbar themes (I always disable the 3rd party taskbar themes when using start11 so that is not related to the issue).

I'm not sure what else you want me to screenshot, or what other information you want me to provide, as that is the only issue I am having.

asdfgnfdsbcbvdf
Reply #8 Wednesday, December 13, 2023 3:06 PM

Is there a chance it could be due to my screen resolution? I have only ever seen other users of this app using tower PCs with large monitors. I am using a laptop.

Jan Oscar
Reply #9 Wednesday, December 13, 2023 3:16 PM

asdfgnfdsbcbvdf

Not sure you understand.. it is not possible for the 3rd party apps to be the issue.
Yes, there is and well documented in many posts here in the forums.

asdfgnfdsbcbvdf

They are just icon changers and taskbar themes
That. Even though you disable them, they can be running in the backgound, have services enabled that cause conflicts, have made registry changes that conflicts with Windowblinds/Start 11, have modified system files, and on and on.

asdfgnfdsbcbvdf

I'm not sure what else you want me to screenshot, or what other information you want me to provide, as that is the only issue I am having.
Again, I explained in detail if you could apply any of the default themes that come with the Windowblinds installation and see what that looks like. If you have iussues related to a skin (Aero7X) created long before Windows 11 was released and maybe modified many times, we are not able to recreate your issue and narrow the whole thing down.

We don't ask you for these details for no other purpose than to try and help you by recreating your issues with the taskbar.

Jan Oscar
Reply #10 Wednesday, December 13, 2023 3:25 PM

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Is there a chance it could be due to my screen resolution? I have only ever seen other users of this app using tower PCs with large monitors. I am using a laptop.
JanOscar

The more information and/or screenshots you are willing to provide, the more likely it is that we can help you.
Anything and everything is possible, but again, that's information you will have to provide for us to be able to help you.

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Reply #11 Wednesday, December 13, 2023 3:29 PM

Alright, I will try that.

I should mention that when I say disable, I mean I completely uninstall them.

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Reply #12 Wednesday, December 13, 2023 3:44 PM

I've tested the pre-installed Win8 theme, the pre-installed Diamond theme, and the pre-installed Luna theme, and the issue still occurs for all 3 of them.

basj
Reply #13 Wednesday, December 13, 2023 8:43 PM

Hello again,

I hope you do understand that no theme can have 100% look identical to native Windows 7 on everyone system. Yes, there are theme that come very close but, not perfect under Windows 11. Reason being, Windows 11 have different sizes for taskbar buttons and I also believe, the taskbar buttons is space out differently than Windows 7,8 or 10. So for a Skinner, to have one design that look the same on all OS is quite impossible. There will always be few pixels more or few pixels less here and there. What you can do is, try to adjust which ever theme you have to suit your own system. Use Skinstudio and some graphics program you know to work with and adjust the margins, shave off or add some transparent pixel from the original graphics to make the taskbar buttons a little bigger and a little shorter.

Thank you,

Basj,
Stardock Community Assistant

asdfgnfdsbcbvdf
Reply #14 Thursday, December 14, 2023 5:29 AM

I understand that, but I have seen other people using this exact theme on Windows 11 and it looks perfect on their PCs. I am perfectly okay with it looking different to Windows 7, my problem is that for whatever reason, only I seem to be having these issues, and all of my themes look wrong because of it.

Jan Oscar
Reply #15 Thursday, December 14, 2023 5:40 AM

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I understand that, but I have seen other people using this exact theme on Windows 11 and it looks perfect on their PCs. I am perfectly okay with it looking different to Windows 7, my problem is that for whatever reason, only I seem to be having these issues, and all of my themes look wrong because of it.
I'm just wondering why you cannot provide information about what other 3rd party apps you use/have used to customize taskbar and icons asked for above? From experience, that is vital information - even if you don't think so - and the most likely reason your system looks differennt than others you have seen.

basj
Reply #16 Thursday, December 14, 2023 5:46 AM

This is what my taskbar look like when I applied Aero7, I don't have the Aero7X, which look like the buttons shift up a little bit for me. I probably can adjust that with Skinstudio and graphics tweak but, I don't want to. What I am trying to say it is never perfect.

Thank you,

Basj,
Stardock Community Assistant

Jan Oscar
Reply #17 Thursday, December 14, 2023 6:02 AM

They look almost identical, as you can see. Yours are one "1" pixel higher up from the bottom and closer to the top likely due to your display scaling and/or your setting for icon size or related to the theme you use.

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Reply #18 Thursday, December 14, 2023 11:04 AM

JanOscar


 

I'm just wondering why you cannot provide information about what other 3rd party apps you use/have used to customize taskbar and icons asked for above? From experience, that is vital information - even if you don't think so - and the most likely reason your system looks differennt than others you have seen.

There is no other information. I'm using a program to change my icons and when I'm not using start11, I open retrobar, which I always delete before enabling start11.

Jan Oscar
Reply #19 Thursday, December 14, 2023 11:20 AM

asdfgnfdsbcbvdf

I'm using a program to change my icons
You still haven't said what program you use for changing icons, and expect us to figure out your problem with taskbar icons which very  likely could be the cause of issues related to that? That is pretty unreasonable, don't you think?

With that said, if you look at the screenshot I posted in the reply above ( #17), you have no issues. Everything looks normal on your taskbar for Windows 11.

If you have other issues with customizing your computer's interface, let us know, but I think this post has served it's purpose.

Thank you.

asdfgnfdsbcbvdf
Reply #20 Thursday, December 14, 2023 12:25 PM

I did not remember the name of the program as it was not located in the usual program files folder, so it did not appear in my start menu or desktop.

I used this.

It's also worth noting that basj's icons reach the top of the taskbar, and are noticeably wider. Mine are clearly much smaller than they should be.

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