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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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:iconnekoguy4444:
nekoguy4444 Featured By Owner 3 days ago
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 21 hours ago  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  New member 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 4 days ago  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  New member 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  New member 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  New member 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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:iconrobozap:
robozap Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014
this style is so beautiful, I like it but have some problem when I use in address bar (in internet explorer), address bar in explorer :)
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:iconseahorsepip:
Seahorsepip Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Internet explorer does not like me and my themes, no way to solve it yet :(
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:iconjospinoj:
jospinoj Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Can you tell how to remove windows borders?
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:iconseahorsepip:
Seahorsepip Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Not possible, I just made it look like they aren't there, you can make them smaller with Glow Tweaks: seapip.com/Glow%20Tweaks.exe
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:iconjospinoj:
jospinoj Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Oh ok, yeah I get how to do it now.
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:icons-burns:
s-burns Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Student General Artist
Excellent theme. I've been using it since the past week and i love it. Noticed a couple of bugs though. Maybe it's just the config on my PC but would love it if you checked it out.

Issues
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:iconseahorsepip:
Seahorsepip Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Because somehow your titlebar caption height does not seem correct and smaller then it should be.
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:icons-burns:
s-burns Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Student General Artist
Also one last thing, is there anyway to remove the menu bar, like you have in the screenshot? ONE can't remove it. Cheers.
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:iconseahorsepip:
Seahorsepip Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Or do you mean the ribbon? In that case I suggest "ribbon disabled"
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:icons-burns:
s-burns Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Student General Artist
Yep. Windows/Resources/Themes.
I used ONE to disable the ribbon. But whenever the Ribbon is disabled, it shows the menu bar. It's like that with every custom theme i use.
But its cool. Its not that bad.
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:iconseahorsepip:
Seahorsepip Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Weird the shellstyle.dll in the msstyles should remove it for you.
Did you copy all files of the theme to the correct folder?
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:icons-burns:
s-burns Featured By Owner Edited Aug 12, 2014  Student General Artist
ah yes, thank you. fixed it by changing title bar text size back to its default setting. I tried to reproduce this, but it didn't happen this time. weird.
also, the clock issue is still there. when its 00:00 or 00:06 etc, the last number is slightly cut off. but i can live with that because its such a brilliant theme :D
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:iconseahorsepip:
Seahorsepip Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
00:00 isn't a huge problem, most people tend to sleep at that time ;)
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:icons-burns:
s-burns Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Student General Artist
Hahaha. True. :P
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:iconseahorsepip:
Seahorsepip Featured By Owner Edited Aug 12, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Weird, did you modify anything font related, font-size related or dpi related?
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:icondl241199:
dl241199 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014
nice :)
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:iconbill606:
Bill606 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014
Ugh, I might have to upgrade to 8 for this one. Nice work.
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:icondenisw705:
denisw705 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014
hah why malware! All files in this pack is clean 100%
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:iconrobertostudios:
robertostudios Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014
You plan the 125% DPI settings version? for HD and Ultra HD screens?
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:iconseahorsepip:
Seahorsepip Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Yes I'm working on that version might be separate msstyles or just merged with current msstyles depending on the limitations I have on msstyles.
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:iconrobertostudios:
robertostudios Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014
Good News :) Thanx!
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:iconjakudzafan:
Jakudzafan Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Student Artist
Minimal, flat and eyecandy. Great job. Keep it up.
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:icongiogrip:
giogrip Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014
I'm not good with pc, still i want to install this awesome theme.
The problem is, i followed the instructions step by step, and still can't obtain the results you show in the picture. Could you explain steps again? (maybe i'm missing something).
The only part missing is where i enlarge the top of the folders.
Thanks in advance.
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:iconseahorsepip:
Seahorsepip Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Enlarge top of the folders?
You mean making the navigation bar the same color as the titlebar?, You need to install this: www.deviantart.com/users/outgo…
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:iconmushyh96:
mushyh96 Featured By Owner Edited Jul 4, 2014
gorgeous there!
I just have one problem, the top left buttons in the navbar in apps seem a bit out of place when maximised.
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:iconcooldeepuv:
cooldeepuv Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014
Nice theme 👌.... if possible, could you pls make original windows 8.1 theme without border like this one... because I dont want to disable the ribbon as it comes handy certain times...
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