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Sharp Flat 8.1  v0.2 by Seahorsepip Sharp Flat 8.1  v0.2 by Seahorsepip
A minimal theme for windows 8.1

This was just a quick side project of Sharp but I still decided to share it.

Install instructions & Help: www.neowin.net/forum/topic/121…

This theme requires oldnewexplorer:
www.msfn.org/board/topic/17037…
Make sure to check glass behind navbar in oldnewexplorer settings.

The top border color can be changed in Control Panel\Appearance and Personalisation\Personalisation\Colour and Appearance.

It's recommended to disable the explorer ribbon and the up button. Also I recommend to apply Glow Tweaks: seapip.com/Glow%20Tweaks.exe

Update:
27-06-14: -Fixed gray titlebar on maximized windows
                 -Fixed darker color behind titlebar text
                 -Fixed taskbar background on small taskbar and top taskbar

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:iconahweiz:
AhWeiZ Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2015
Make a Windows 10 version of this!!!
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:iconalexcmh:
alexcmh Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2015  Student Interface Designer
It would be really nice if you could continue the development of this theme, please.
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:iconimjosealmeida:
imjosealmeida Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2015
How can I get same "Back" and "Forward" icons like yours? Can you give the Explorer.exe or the ExplorerFrame.dll files?
Epic VS btw.
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:iconseahorsepip:
Seahorsepip Featured By Owner Edited Jul 21, 2015  Professional Interface Designer
It's a win 8 theme which means the navigation buttons are part of the msstyles.
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:icontaaqif:
Taaqif Featured By Owner May 16, 2015
Is there a way to get the search bar?
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:iconseahorsepip:
Seahorsepip Featured By Owner May 19, 2015  Professional Interface Designer
Sorry that's not possible. You can still search with CRTL+F.
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:icongautamkabiraj:
gautamkabiraj Featured By Owner May 2, 2015  Student Photographer
Awesome theme!! Totally love it on my Win 8.1!! :)
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:icondaqwid2727:
daqwid2727 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
its nice, but doesnt work well with IE and ModernMix from stardock. there r white borders aroud those metro apps windows, looks bad. i hope that ud consider that in next project i see ur developing
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:iconmatematix:
MatematiX Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Hey, love your theme! 
This is my problem  imgur.com/7jAcm5C
I have red the whole thread and something is mentioned about scaling but i can't seem to figure out...
TNX
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:iconseahorsepip:
Seahorsepip Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015  Professional Interface Designer
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Set scaling to smallest.
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:iconmatematix:
MatematiX Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Already have, before asking. Also played around with the settings (title bar ect.) but nothing changes...
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:iconseahorsepip:
Seahorsepip Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2015  Professional Interface Designer
Very strange and you're running windows 8.1 update 2?
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:iconmatematix:
MatematiX Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Yes, W8.1 completely up to date. 
Guess what? Finally made it work! i can hardly believe it myself.
Issue was 
oldnewexplorer, corrupted or something.....          
Downloaded a new one and it just happened (as advertised) :).
And after a week of hustle i can finally enjoy your great theme.
Cheers

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:icondrmohamed4070:
drmohamed4070 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015
support full glass
great vs thanks
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:iconsethdusek5:
SethDusek5 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2015
Hey man, just tried out your theme, really liked it and but if I were to point out something, it's that the close buttons on the top should be more responsive. They should have some fill when you hover your mouse and become darker when you click.

Also I read the comment about windows controls, what limitation is there with the buttons?
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:iconseahorsepip:
Seahorsepip Featured By Owner Edited Mar 14, 2015  Professional Interface Designer
Titlebar height limitation: i.imgur.com/vMBLPBh.png

It would be ncie if I could add some space below the buttons so they're more centered.
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:iconeureru:
Eureru Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015
Window controls seem to be placed a little oddly? i.imgur.com/vMBLPBh.png
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:iconseahorsepip:
Seahorsepip Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015  Professional Interface Designer
Limitation in windows.
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:iconeureru:
Eureru Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015
Got it. I don't often use Windows, haha.
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:iconxiquad:
xiquad Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Can you help me please, i know that annoys you but im in love with that theme! Here is my problem i.imgur.com/RIZm0ji.png?1
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:iconseahorsepip:
Seahorsepip Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015  Professional Interface Designer
Is this a file explorer window that was opened by a program? If that's the then it's a common bug in old new explorer :(
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:iconxiquad:
xiquad Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nope, if i understood correctly, but look i.imgur.com/68YAFzw.png here is my whole desktop, is that a bug in old new explorer? If so, how can i fix it? i really want this theme *.* and especially i'd love that gradient blur one even more!
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:iconseahorsepip:
Seahorsepip Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015  Professional Interface Designer
Oh I already see the problem, you have the explorer ribbon enabled, download "ribbon disabler" and disable it.
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:iconxiquad:
xiquad Featured By Owner Edited Mar 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, thanks, it helped...remove the ribbon, but there one last problem left, sorry to bother you like that but i cant help it :S here is the result(also a window with old new explorer settings i have) i.imgur.com/9WSKhce.png , as you can see it kinda helped but there is not navigation bar or whatever its called, its there, but its just invisible, i can click on buttons if i click in the right spot, and here is what happens when i select any option from old new explorers appearance style drop down list i.imgur.com/xDLCfQH.png and when i focus back to that window, this bar disappears...there is also no blur behind window...i really hate to bother you but i really need help, i also think that anyone who happens to encounter this same problem can just read this "bugfix tutorial" or whatever xD thanks a lot
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:iconseahorsepip:
Seahorsepip Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015  Professional Interface Designer
i.snag.gy/iMHqd.jpg

Try enabled the settings I marked in red.

And blur? the theme isn't transparent, if you want transparency instead of a solid color you should use www.glass8.eu/
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:iconxiquad:
xiquad Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, thank you so much for taking your time and helping me out :D i now have beautiful eyecandy desktop, all thanks to you, no more boring windows 8 look, thank you so much, i'd donate but i cant even afford a discounted game on steam...thanks again, ill be following your work from now on :)
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:iconxiquad:
xiquad Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Scratch that, all problems except the blur behind were fixed when i changed the background picture i.imgur.com/khTCpDa.png but still need help on enabling that blur
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:iconnekoguy4444:
nekoguy4444 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015
Thanks I love this theme, just one tiny thing that bothers me, when in all of the folders, the top text shows fine (location, like libraries in your pic) but for some reason I cant work out (I've tried switching all the settings in old new explorer) when on the desktop folder it cuts off the front like this i.imgur.com/rkhXFuX.png it's a very minor thing but I'd like to know the reason for it if you know. 
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:iconseahorsepip:
Seahorsepip Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015  Professional Interface Designer
It's a common bug in my theme which I haven't been able to fix yet.
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:icontacoobell:
Tacoobell Featured By Owner Edited Jan 19, 2015  Student Interface Designer
 whats with the top bar on mine its missing???
i58.tinypic.com/sg4ff8.jpg

*edit
managed to fix it somehow (don't know how)
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:iconseahorsepip:
Seahorsepip Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2015  Professional Interface Designer
It's a bug in oldnewexplorer which appears from time to time in file selection dialogs.
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:iconkindadecent:
kindadecent Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Not particularly sure what went wrong with the navigation buttons and such

i.imgur.com/iCgDW97.png
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:iconsamw61:
samw61 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
It doesn't play well when windows is scaled above 100%, I have this issue when I switch between high DPI laptop screen and my low DPI external monitor.
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:iconkindadecent:
kindadecent Featured By Owner Edited Jan 15, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I meant the back and forward buttons. Not sure if it's a step I missed along the way

EDIT: I see what you meant. I changed the scaling  and it works fine now. Thanks a lot
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:iconseahorsepip:
Seahorsepip Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015  Professional Interface Designer
Indeed it doesn't work well :/
I'm thinking about remaking/updating it for more better scaling support since I have these problems even on my own devices :P
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:iconthesola10:
Thesola10 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014
Nothing changed... but I have already got all requirements !
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:iconjeimoi:
Jeimoi Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014
Hi! I'm a big fan of this skin, but every since I reinstalled Windows the icons don't seem to be changing. I've tried OldNewExplorer and UltraUXThemePatcher but the issue remains. Is there anything you think I might have missed? Thanks!
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:iconseahorsepip:
Seahorsepip Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015  Professional Interface Designer
Icons aren't part of the theme, see my journal for the icons.
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:iconryanimator:
ryanimator Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm pretty sure I followed the instructions correctly, but I can't get it looking like the preview. Know what I'm doing wrong? i.imgur.com/w6jevmb.png
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:iconseahorsepip:
Seahorsepip Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
See old new explorer in instructions.
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:iconrtxas:
RtXaS Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Brilliant! Any way I can remove the glossyness from the taskbar though?
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:iconalexcmh:
alexcmh Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014  Student Interface Designer
Hello there! Like your work, but please hurry up a bit with your unpublished releases.
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:iconseahorsepip:
Seahorsepip Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Having exams right now so it will take a while.
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:iconpatalla:
patalla Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014
This is just stunning! 
The Title bar Text color of Applications are is white, yet of which in Windows Explorer(eg: open folders) are in color of black.
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:iconumerkarim:
UmerKarim Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Will U make this for Windows 7 :) (Smile) 
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:iconoomek:
oomek Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014
Would you consider leaving the min/close buttons as they were in WIP4? I really liked those. Two versions would be the best though.
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:icongenma2612:
Genma2612 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014
Thanks, I really love this theme. BTW, do you know how to "hide" the green loading bar from the adress? And, if it's not much to ask, can we have a small icons edition? (Minimize, maximize and close) because I can't see them in Firefox.

Green Bar

Firefox Icons

Again, thank you very much.
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:iconseahorsepip:
Seahorsepip Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Hmm that isn't possible, hiding that loading bar means hiding all loading bars which is a bad idea. I got a ssd so actually never saw it :P

You can also instead use some css in firefox to fix those icons from being overlapped.
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