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Windows displays the icons in the system tray (systray) loading
.ico files embedded within some executables and system files.
Although there is some ways to “emulate” systray icons
using programs such as ObjectBar, the true is that you’ll
need to tweak some files in order to keep the usability and the
features included with these icons, because they aren’t
only images or shortcuts, almost all the times they’re mini-programs
running in your taskbar.
How to tweak these icons?
You’ll need to modify the existent icons inside the files
that are loaded in the systray, so changing these icons, you’ll
change the appearance of your sytray, keeping the usability of
your programs. I have tweaked some common programs and system
files that does use of the systray replacing the embedded icons,
trying to mix the OS X GUI philosophy with their Windows usability.
Replacing your files with the mine ones, you’ll be able
to see transfigured your system tray in something very similar
to their counterpart in OS X.
What tweaked programs and files are available for download?
At this moment, only two tweaked programs are available, QCD
3 and Getright, and three system files:
Netshell.dll, Stobject.dll and
Nvmctray.dll. You can see the next screenshot
for learn more about the location of these files and the icons
You don’t have tweaked the program that I use, but I there
is an icon in this screenshot that fit fine with it
Then, please download the icon required (in .ico format) and
replace it yourself. You can learn how to replace embedded icons
inside system files and program files reading the tutorial listed
below. Don't forget to send
me your tweaked program so I can put it for download
and Download App icons (used with Getright)
Pause, Stop and iTunes 3 icons (used with QCD)
icon (used with sound.dll)
Status icon (used with netshel.dll)
icon (used by nvcpl.dll)
icon (I don't need explain it, right?)
“Replacing embedded icons using
Ok, you don’t have the icon or the tweaked program that I
Download the entire package of system tray icons (taken from
OS X) released by Timan.