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Is there a way to use the hover color whenever my app is open -- like on Ubuntu? (The rightmost is what I want whenever chrome is open)

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Would make it significantly easier to see which window/application is currently active + the color effect is quite nice in my opinion.

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  1. It's not easy to do, but you can use a UxTheme patcher or service, edit the appropriate image resources (see below) in the default aero.msstyles and apply your custom theme.

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    See here for a detailed tutorial.

  2. If doing it yourself is not your cup of tea, someone's already done it for you here (read all instructions carefully).

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  3. You can also use an app such as TaskBowFree:

    TaskBowFree is a taskbar replacement for Windows 2000, Window XP and Windows 7. TaskBowFree can paint programs on the taskbar, and it's convenient: you can find programs that you are looking for faster, because the human eyes have a good response to different colors.

    TaskBowFree is taskbar with colored buttons, which you can reorder and paint as you wish by mouse easily.

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    Assignments

    TaskBowFree can assign colors to programs. By default, when you first start TaskBowFree, it has several appointments colors for applications that are commonly used: MS Notepad, MS Word, MS Excel, MS Outlook. In addition, Taskbow contains "pink" coloring all the windows with the word "media" in the title. So, if you run the MS Media Player or Explorer open the folder "C:\Media\", a program in the taskbar will be pink. Also, you can assign color to program name.

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