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57 +68/-11 votes

New "shut down menu"

Submitted by Helito on February 1, 2009 to Aesthetics

The menu of right arrow in shut down option seems the old Start Menu of Windows XP.

A new and modern pop-up in Windows 7 style (like system tray pop-up). See in the image bellow some suggestions.

Low

Low

Rejected

(20 comments)

39 +67/-28 votes

Boot screen is stretched on almost every display

Submitted by tino on November 9, 2008 to Aesthetics

It is a minor issue but why is the new boot screen still in 4:3? Almost every display out there is 16:9 or 16:10.

Make the new boot screen 16:9 so that it will only be stretched on legacy displays.

Low

Low

Rejected

(18 comments)

35 +39/-4 votes

Help + support & winver boxes adopt new blue aurroa.

Submitted by .Chris on November 25, 2008 to Aesthetics

This is a small visual change, but in windows 7's help and support and the windows 7 win ver box are lacking a good visual change. In help and support this will match more closly with the microsoft help and support website, whitch has dark blue elements. (more...)

Again, this is just a minor quark, nothing major, but it does make things look a lot nicer and bring more constantcy. (help and support, microsoft help website)

Low

Low

Rejected

Windows 7 no longer had the blue aurora.

(4 comments)

29 +34/-5 votes

Create a more user friendly way of creating a task

Submitted by fiji on January 3, 2009 to Aesthetics, Annoyance, Usability

In Task Scheduler there should be a more userfriendly way to create a task. It should have a Aero style wizard.

To create a task use a Aero style wizard

High

High

Rejected

Unnecessary

(5 comments)

25 +30/-5 votes

Allow users to make additional "blanks" in taskbar.

Submitted by hoopla_punta on December 14, 2008 to Aesthetics, Usability

If you are using 6956, you should realize that the taskbar has a "blank" after the first three default icons. This blank is to separate icons, at your own preference. I would like to have more "blanks" that I could insert though.

Allow users to insert blanks on the taskbar from the right click context menu.

Low

Medium

Rejected

(5 comments)

21 +40/-19 votes

[7022] Projector options should back to 7000 style

Submitted by Helito on February 25, 2009 to Aesthetics

In the Windows 7 build 7022 the projector options (WinKey + P) was updated. Now the background is a color.

The build 7000 this window uses glass. See image with two builds.

I think that build 7000 style is better and it should (more...)

Low

Low

Rejected

(24 comments)

18 +26/-8 votes

Use the earlier build of the notifiaction area.

Submitted by hoopla_punta on November 27, 2008 to Aesthetics, Annoyance

To be truthful, I hate the new design of the notification area, where there is glass around it, and it looks horrible in aero basic.

Why can't the old notification area be brought back? It looks much better and it can be made glossy, (more...)

Use the older build of the notification area and add some gloss if it doesn't match.

Low

Medium

Rejected

(5 comments)

9 +19/-10 votes

Restore Ruler/Status icons in wordpad

Submitted by JJohnson on March 17, 2009 to Aesthetics, Annoyance, Icons

The Ruler and Status icons were removed from WordPad, and replaced with checkboxes. Older users see the larger icons better than the small checkboxes

Restore the Ruler and Status Bar icons; under ruler, possibly add a dropdown to change from Imperial to Metric for international users.

Medium

High

Rejected

(4 comments)

-7 +13/-20 votes

More static (idle) animations everywhere!

Submitted by hoopla_punta on December 12, 2008 to Aesthetics

There will be option to turn off these.
I miss the Longhorn days when idle animations (plain animated backgrounds) ruled! Now in Vista and 7, its gone, for the worst.
Since quite a lot of people have Aero Capable PCs, then they should also (more...)

Where idle animation can be put:

Desktop Wallpaper,
Glass around the window (make it look like the light is moving around, hence different reflections)
Taskbar (at least the notification area or right edge)

Windows (more...)

Low

Medium

Rejected

(8 comments)

-12 +14/-26 votes

Make a wizard to make a theme because currently there is no obvious way to make and upload a theme

Submitted by fiji on January 22, 2009 to Aesthetics

Make a wizard to make a theme. People can make a theme by adding Desktop Backgrounds, Windows Colors, Sounds and Screen Savers, Icons, Mouse Pointers etc. Microsoft can them make them be able to upload it at (more...)

Make a way to make and upload a theme.

Medium

High

Rejected

Not necessary. Easier way to make a theme.

(17 comments)

-13 +17/-30 votes

Windows Media Player 12 Icon

Submitted by yannduran on April 19, 2009 to Aesthetics, Annoyance, Icons

It seems to me that the icon for WMP 12 (& I think it was the same for 11 as well) doesn't seem to match the overall "look & feel" of WMP itself.

There's the hint of a play button (which is good) & a vague (more...)

Revamp WMP's program icon, by using comething like the actual "play" button image as the icon, that uses WMP's color scheme, replacing the current blue & orange icon.

If the existing icon was changed to have the (more...)

Medium

High

Rejected

-13 +21/-34 votes

Redesign the Start Orb so it stands out.

Submitted by Jaips on February 28, 2009 to Aesthetics, Usability

With the redesigned taskbar and large appilcation icons, the current 'start orb' no longer stands out as special. Such an important UI element should have a strong visual mass.

Redesign the start-orb to be more prominent [suggestion attached]

Low

Medium

Rejected

(14 comments)

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