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Leaf Visual Style for Windows7 by dpcdpc11 Leaf Visual Style for Windows7 by dpcdpc11


The much awaited Leaf Visual Style for Windows 7 is here!
6 SUBTHEMES INCLUDED: top, top-small-fonts, bottom, bottom-small-fonts + an extra variation of the bottom versions: Bottom Flat (normal and small fonts)!!!! Plus the same cool versions have now a new variation with changed window caption buttons!

View in action here: [link]

Note: if you like this theme, would you be willing to donate a mere 0.5€ as a symbol of your appreciation for me? If you are interested please click here: [link]


- NEW VARIATIONS!!! I've got bored of the caption buttons so I made another set of caption buttons which come as a extra versions of the same styles as before. Hope you like them! You can check'em out in a fresh screenshot here: [link]


- fixed the height of the All Programs section in Start Menu


- another annoying bug that gave me 2 sleepless nights is finally fixed! I'm talking about the exaggerated height of menu and toolbar in Open and Libre Office. Users... enjoy!


- the much awaited fix for the autoscroll mouse cursor in Firefox is here! It was the damn tooltip PNG in Explorer causing all the hassle. Glad I've finally fixed it! Still trying to fix the huge height of the button/toolbar of Open/Libre Office 3.3


- finally fixed the More Options popup menu in Explorer. Thanks to solmiler


- changed the selected item image in explorer and also the text color from white to black. The white text color was the same as in the details of items when searching in windows explorer which was pretty annoying, for someone using windows explorer.
- I've included another version in the package: bottom flat. What's that all about? It's a previous version of the taskbar which I like and kept alive. It's flat like you guessed and does not have that inner dark gradient that the normal version has. This works perfect on flat minimalistic wallpapers!


- finally fixed the buggy display of fonts in microsoft office 2010 tabs. Thanks to jhanford for the suggestion!

Update 7

- Yes, another update... but it's a GOOD update!
- improved the Small Fonts versions: thinner window frames and also thinner scrollbars. Since some people have small resolutions on their display, I though this change would improve their experience and productivity using this theme, since the desktop space is so limited. Enjoy!

Update 6

- fixed the undetermined progress bar... try checking for windows updates and you'll see what I mean! Thanks to iBest for the bug reporting!

Update 5

- made some small modifications to the bottom taskbar version... added a pale dark gradient to give it a little depth. This will be more visible on simple wallpapers.

Update 4

- fixed the bottom taskbar... now it's smooth as silk!
- removed the aero reflections... now the taskbar and the window frames are all cleaned (thanks to troubada for pointing this out).

Update 3

- added SMALL FONTS version for Bottom and Top taskbar placement. The new font used is called Aller but since I don't have the License to distribute it, I can't include it in the package. Fortunately you can download it for free here: [link]

Update 2

- added bottom version for the people who use their taskbar on the bottom. It's slightly different from the one on the top but I hope you like it!

Update 1

- fixed the extended start menu (thanks to sergiogarcia for the bug report!)

Package includes:

- 6 Theme versions: Top, Top Small Fonts, Bottom, Bottom Small Fonts + an extra variation of the bottom versions: Bottom Flat! What's that all about? It's a previous version of the taskbar which I like and kept alive. It's flat like you guessed and does not have that inner dark gradient that the normal version has. This works perfect on flat minimalistic wallpapers!
- Plus the same cool versions have now a new variation with changed window caption buttons!
- Fonts need to make it work perfectly, except Aller... read bellow!
- Explorer Navigation Buttons
- Windows Start Button: [link]

Not in the package:

- Aller Font Family needed for the Small Fonts versions. Available for download here: [link]
- gdipp - the tinny app that makes your fonts clear and smooth like those in Linux Distros. It's available in 32 and 64 bit flavors. Download here: [link]

How to:

1. Patch your system files and install the required fonts!
Be sure to patch your system files before you can use 3rd party windows themes. Use this tool to do it: [link]
Install the fonts found in the folder "Resources/Fonts"

2. Install the theme?
Copy the content of each folder inside the Theme folder to: "C:\Windows\Resources\Themes\" (Asuming that you're Windows 7 is installed on partition C)

3. Change the start orb?
Use Windows 7 Start Button Changer to change the start orb. You can find the needed tool here: [link]
Launch Windows 7 Start Button Changer and choose the BMP from the "Resources/Start Orb - Leaf" folder and you're done!

4. Change the Windows Navigation buttons?
Use Windows 7 Navigation Buttons Customizer to change the Windows Navigation Buttons, resources available in the folder "Resources/Navigation Buttons"
Download the tool here: [link]

5. Smooth Fonts like in OSX or Linux?
Use gdipp, the little app which changes you font rendering engine to make the fonts look smooth just like, or almost like in Linux or MacOS. Download here: [link]

Thanks to jsz for the wallpaper used in the preview: [link]

Thanks for downloading!!!
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Daily Deviation

Given 2011-08-23
The suggester said: "Not only is Leaf Visual Style for Windows7 by ~dpcdpc11 a beautiful visual style for Windows 7, but the creator of this theme has spent many hours listening to the feedback in his comments, correcting and improving his theme, taking others' advice and adding requested elements. You won't find a theme with more attention to detail - and you won't find a skinner with more time for his watchers or the users of his themes.

This visual style has been updated 14 times and has 6 sub-themes, yet i think he's still improving it when he has the time! Simply amazing."

( Suggested by Jacques-Noir and Featured by OtisBee )
jerichoi224 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014
So, for the patcher, I downloaded it and ran it. It says I have to patch 3 files, but it only does 2. It patches two and one column? row? for the last file is just completely empty. blank. Am I safe to continue??
dpcdpc11 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014
Not sure... Normally you need all the files patched. You can give it a try.
Meeporami Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014
This looks like a wonderful theme! Is there any way you could upload a new link to the theme patcher? 2/3 of the links provided on that website are dead and the last one is in Russian and Google Translate couldn't tell me where the download button was, haha.
dpcdpc11 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014
Thanks! You can find tons of link on the web to download the Universal Theme Patcher... here's one for example: universal-theme-patcher.en.lo4…
Meeporami Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014
Thank you so much! That link worked perfectly. I just finished installing the theme(s) (at least I hope I did), and I can't seem to find a way to change my Minimize, Restore/Maximize, and Close buttons. I got my navigation buttons changed, just not those three. I'm also really confused about what I'm supposed to do with the font files. I'm super new to this stuff, so sorry if I'm missing something totally obvious. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
dpcdpc11 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014
The theme supports only the default 96dpi display setting. So if your using the windows scaling (zoom) then you won't see the proper caption buttons.
About the fonts... the theme uses certain fonts, the fonts that you mentioned. Installing a font in windows is super easy: right click on the font file > Install. Then restart your PC and you're done.
Meeporami Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014
Thanks for the font help! As for my caption button issue: my windows scaling is already set at the default 100% (96dpi) display and I'm still unable to see the caption buttons. Is it possible there was a glitch while downloading the files and they weren't included? 
dpcdpc11 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014
not sure.. please send me a screenshot.
Meeporami Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014
Edit: I also can't get my taskbar thinner, nor can I get my icons in my taskbar to look like they do in your latest screenshot [link].
ImGozzy Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Nice job! +fav 
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