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Simplify Slim VS for Windows 7 by dpcdpc11 Simplify Slim VS for Windows 7 by dpcdpc11

Now available for Windows 8/8.1!!!

get Simplify 8 for Windows 8/8.1 now!


This one is made with a single goal in mind: Usability With Style!
Hope you like it!

Feel free to Support my artwork! ... thanks!

UPDATE 04 (Jan 21, 2013)


- added another style version 4-1 which is a combination of version 4 and the transparent taskbar of version 2.
Hope you like it!

UPDATE 03 (Oct 21, 2012)


- added version 4 visual style. Yeah baby... it's a 1px border VS... now with small little circles as caption buttons!
Use Windows 7 Aero Blur Tweaker to remove the ugly blurry window edges! NOTE: I can confirm that latest Firefox and Thundebird work perfectly with this 1px border VS... the usual bug is NOT present!
- also included in the pack my FourSome start Orb
Enjoy!

UPDATE 02 (Sept 28, 2012)


- added version 3 visual style with dark grey opaque taskbar. This pushes usability even further. Now you can use any wallpaper you like without having to worry about the taskbar's transparency. My favorite version yet... Enjoy!

UPDATE 01 (Sept 09, 2012)


- added version 2 visual style: 28px height taskbar (small icons); 43px width taskbar icons. From experience this brings more usability to the theme. Yes, there's no Start Button in the preview... here's how to do it: dpcdpc11.deviantart.com/art/Re…
- redesigned the taskbar thumbnails to better match the theme.


Full view ScreenShot: here!

TIP: to stop the damn glow effect of the icons in the taskbar, Go To Computer>(Rclick)Properties > Advanced settings > Performance > Settings: UnCheck Animations in the taskbar and Start Menu

Package includes:


- the theme itself
- Explorer Navigation Buttons
- Windows Start Buttons: Blocks Borderless Start Orb and FourSome start Orb
- Matching windows cursor schemes: Simplify Cursors

What's not in the package:


Icons used in the preview: Token by brsev

How to:


1. Patch your system files and install the required fonts!
You must patch your system files before you can use 3rd party windows themes. Use this tool to do it: www.windows7download.com/win7-…

2. Install the theme?
Copy the content of Theme folder in "C:WindowsResourcesThemes" (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 this tool here:
www.door2windows.com/windows-7…
Launch Windows 7 Start Button Changer and choose the BMP from the "Resources/Start Orb" 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: www.door2windows.com/windows-7…

5. Smooth Fonts like in OSX or Linux?
Use mactype, the little app which changes your font rendering engine to make the fonts smooth just like, or almost like, in Linux or MacOS.
Download here: code.google.com/p/mactype/down…

6. Say "Thank you!"
If you like the theme don't hesitate to say thanks!

Thanks for downloading!!!
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:iconxadarxblack:
XadarxBlack Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2014
i just bought a new PC and had to do the install again "3 but it was easy this time .
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:icondpcdpc11:
dpcdpc11 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
happy to hear that my friend!
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:iconxadarxblack:
XadarxBlack Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014
One question my font is suppose  to be black????
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:icondpcdpc11:
dpcdpc11 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
which font are you referring to? 
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:iconxadarxblack:
XadarxBlack Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014
the desktop icons names are black 
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:icondpcdpc11:
dpcdpc11 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Honestly I don't remember... I'm on Win8 now and can't test the theme.
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XadarxBlack Featured By Owner Edited Aug 10, 2014
don't worry i have that wallpaper that i ask and i have only 4 folders on my desktop + Computer and Recycle bin it is really fit for Simplify Slim Theme :3 ( i keep my desktop clean)
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dpcdpc11 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
why not get rid of the folders all together?
if you have the Explorer pinned to the taskbar then you don't need the Computer icon.
You can replace the recycle bin with this little software: www.e-sushi.net/software/minib…
And you can add a new toolbar on the taskbar with the shortcut to your other folders.
This is what I do at least cause I like my desktop really clean!
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XadarxBlack Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014
hmm...do you know a way to keep my icons some were else ???? i have 3 folders with programs (games,programs,and some doc) i need a way to have all of them at hand :3
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dpcdpc11 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
like I said... on the toolbar.
You should never ever keep stuff on the desktop like folders...
make a folder on your main partition with a name like "+" or something, then move the 3 folders from you desktop there.
now right click on the taskbar>toolbars>new toolbar and select the "+" folder.
You'll get something like this: snag.gy/wFgyc.jpg
To make the access to your folders even easier, you can create a toolbar for each of them and you rename them using some ASCII symbols to make them look cooler
Now you have a clean desktop and 3 folders at hand!
Let me know if you need any help.
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sickboi9 Featured By Owner May 1, 2014
Great but no search in the start menu? Seriously need this.. 
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:icondpcdpc11:
dpcdpc11 Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
You have search my friend... just start typing... I removed the visual search box for aesthetics purpose.
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xDarkRainx7 Featured By Owner May 1, 2014
really loving this theme!
only thing holding it back from being truly perfect is if it supported the taskbar being attached to the left/right of the screen. 
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:icondpcdpc11:
dpcdpc11 Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
thanks for your feedback my friend.
I moved on to win8 and won't be making any updates on the win7 themes.
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Fenyx-uk Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014
Excellent guide, worked a treat. Thank you :)
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XadarxBlack Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
i think the one is calling me :3 i LOVE IT !!! but i just finish lerning how to install Theme on Win7 so..... i will have to wait :3 + I'm a noob at fallowing TUT :p (sorry for my bad english) + I wanna enjoy the them and after i will change with this one :3
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:icondpcdpc11:
dpcdpc11 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
mersi de feedback!
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:iconcj-omnius:
cj-omnius Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks! 
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:icondpcdpc11:
dpcdpc11 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
thanks for downloading!
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:iconzydrius32:
zydrius32 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013
Any possibility that this modern VS would be released for Windows 8.1? Or this is impossible, because of the ribbon which makes windows not to look minimal, like your VS name suggests?
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dpcdpc11 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
There's nothing more that I would like to make this style available for win 8/8.1 but there are way to many obstacles to overcome to do it and still could not port it 100%. It seems that the guys at Microshit really wanted windows 8 to stay ugly. So we have Microshit to thank for "encouraging" creativity! Fucking assholes! And I'm forced to use this fucking ugly OS every day... imagine the frustration! I'm using the black color theme and I can't even see the title bar on windows. WTF Microshit!? As you can see I'm verrrry frustrated about this. Moreover the last time I patch my dll's using uxtheme patcher, the whole system crashed and I had to reinstall windows and all my programs. So that's it for me! OSX is not an option... I depend on way too many windows programs that can't be replaced on Mac.
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zydrius32 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013
It looks like that you’re really feeling pissed off, but I can understand you. For Windows 7 there were so many great visual styles which let creativity burst with all its beauty... Now there are far far lesser of them. Mr GRiM is a good at customizing GUI, he could create something cool, but he’s interested in dark visual styles only, so they all look similar and boring.

Ahh, I hate too how Microsoft is trying to force us to use their newly introduced crap. Good examples are the solid color square behind titlebars and shell32.dll protection from being modified.
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dpcdpc11 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
You bet I'm pissed off since I have to work in this ugly environment every day!
Take a look for example at Resource Monitor... it has still the same GUI since windows Vista with gradients and shit.
Another good example is the freaking semitransparent taskbar... how does that make any sense since nothing in windows UI is transparent anymore?
The examples could go on and on... it's like Microshit hired a bunch of kinder-gardeners to design the UI for windows 8.
And what makes me even more mad is that we don't have an alternative... it's Windows or nothing. For me Linux it's not a productive medium. Even if I use WinE to run the windows apps that I use, their performance is not good enough.
An Apple machine is out of this world when it comes to pricing so I'm stuck on this shitty Windows 8. I can only hope the kinder-gardeners will improve their design skills until Windows 9 rolls out!
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zydrius32 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013
Haha, kinder-gardeners...

Hmm... I’m wondering now, why don’t you use Windows 7 again if you don’t like Windows 8 so much? Did you upgrade your license?
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dpcdpc11 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
I've bought a new laptop a few month ago which came with Win8. I tried Win7 but the drivers for Win7 are shit, specially the trackpad driver sucks the most.
And I really like the responsiveness and the performance of Win8. I get a cold boot in about 5 seconds and everything works fast.
For the last 2 hours I've tried WindowBlinds from Stardock... oh how much I used to hate this program! I thought it must be better after so much time since Stardock is also a Microsoft Gold partner. Yeah right... Google Chrome crashed 2 times and I could not find a decent theme to match my preferences. Speaking of kinder-gardeners... just take a look at the windowblinds gallery: www.wincustomize.com/explore/w… oh man my eyes are bleeding!
So I tried to edit a windowblinds skin, thinking, how hard can this be, right? Rrrrright! Image... these idiots still use TGA files which are no longer supported by Photoshop since CS2 or something. So it's really complicated to make skins for windowblinds plus the freezing o my browser... this is not something I want in a working environment. I've purged it out of my computer 2 hours after playing with it... waste of time. Damn I miss BlackBox for windows... specially the bbLean version... now this was real skinning ... here's an example dpcdpc11.deviantart.com/art/Cl…
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zydrius32 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013
Oh, now I understand.

Yeah, I know about WindowBlinds. The visual styles created in it look tasteless and ugly for me too.

This is the 1st time when I hear of BlackBox though. Looks like it was a program which was made for customizing GUI of older versions of Windows.
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MarshallMallow Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thanks. Downloading now and I'm very excited to apply this cool theme.
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:icondpcdpc11:
dpcdpc11 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
thank you for downloading!
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:icondesss:
desss Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Using all the time. THX
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:icondpcdpc11:
dpcdpc11 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
happy to hear that my friend!
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Anderty Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Good one. Thank you. ;)
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:icondpcdpc11:
dpcdpc11 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
thanks for downloading!
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kakilikspie Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013
how did you get the google chrome icon on and working on the taskbar? it used to work for me but now if i click on the custom one a new duplicate chrome icon shows up with the normal google chrome icon
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dpcdpc11 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
I know what you mean.. this happens with the portable version of chrome... do you use the portable version? if yes I can reveal a little trick to make the icon stick without opening an additional one.
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:iconkakilikspie:
kakilikspie Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013
not sure how can i tell if its portable ?
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:icondpcdpc11:
dpcdpc11 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
how and where did you install it?
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kakilikspie Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013
i downloaded from www.google.com/intl/en/chrome/… and its in my C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application and the file is chrome.exe not sure if this is the answer you were looking for 
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dpcdpc11 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
I see... that's not the portable version so you should not have a problem with the shortcut on the taskbar.
remove the shortcut and make another one of the original EXE, then change the icon of the new shortcut.
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:iconkakilikspie:
kakilikspie Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013
nope still creating dupes what would i do if it happened to be a portable version tho
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:icondpcdpc11:
dpcdpc11 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
hm... I have no idea what could be wrong!
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miknimator Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I like it. Wish it wasn't this elaborate to install though... ;)
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CleutonSS Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013
A theme pretty much completely clean and elegant, and you use your creativity to develop a different theme, simple and very beautiful. Well the original idea of the buttons "minimize", "maximize" and "close, as well as loading of the icons on the taskbar. Very Good!!! Clap +fav
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dpcdpc11 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
thanks man for the feedback! really glad that you like my theme!
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xIceex4Life Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013
It's gorgeous! My only complaint are the (I think they're called this) caption buttons. They're a little small, I feel they should be a tad bigger or something. I know it's not any harder to be pressed, but it feels awkward, if that makes sense.
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dpcdpc11 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
thanks for the appreciations!
about the caption buttons, their size was not randomly chosen. From my point of view the size is just perfect... I've tried various sizes of course and this one was the best choice.
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xIceex4Life Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013
Sorry didn't notice this, but what happened to the search in start menu? Thanks.
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:iconviralkrieger:
ViralKrieger Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013
Thank you!
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:icondpcdpc11:
dpcdpc11 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
thank you for downloading!
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:iconzydrius32:
zydrius32 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013
The VS looks really cool, but, in my opinion, Start Menu is ugly :C.
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