Return to "Classic Skin", even with Aero

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Claymore

Return to "Classic Skin", even with Aero

Unread post by Claymore » 2012-07-09, 22:29

Since i love Aero for recoloring Windows (love a black taskbar), i won't deactivate it at all.
In my opinion, the overall legibility is a step down at the default-skin, if you're living with Aero. Also i don't like the new look of having a single button in the upper left corner, so i decided to switch on the menubar. Now that's really annoying: Black background with black font, with white shadows. I know, i use Pale Moon, but the heck: What was in the mind of creating this skin? Anyways: Figured out, how to disable Aero for Pale Moon:

• Go to your Pale Moon installdirectory
• Locate the folder "chrome" and open it
• There you'll see a file, named "nonlocalized.manifest"
• Open "nonlocalized.manifest" with your preferred texteditor
• Now look for each line, with "osversion>=6" & "osversion<=6" at the end
• Simply add a zero behind it. osversion 6 = Windows Vista & 7
• The final result should show like: "osversion>=60" & "osversion<=60"
• What did we do? We said, that it would require a system, above 60 (maybe we'll reach this in 20 years ;)) to activate Aero-effects
• Simply save it & you're done

You don't like to edit it by yourself?

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# browser.manifest
skin browser classic/1.0 jar:browser.jar!/skin/classic/browser/ os!=WINNT
content browser jar:browser.jar!/content/browser/ contentaccessible=yes
overlay chrome://browser/content/browser.xul         chrome://browser/content/safebrowsing/report-phishing-overlay.xul
overlay chrome://global/content/viewPartialSource.xul chrome://browser/content/viewSourceOverlay.xul
skin browser classic/1.0 jar:browser.jar!/skin/classic/browser/ os=WINNT osversion<666
overlay chrome://global/content/viewSource.xul chrome://browser/content/viewSourceOverlay.xul
skin browser classic/1.0 jar:browser.jar!/skin/classic/aero/browser/ os=WINNT osversion>=666
skin communicator classic/1.0 jar:browser.jar!/skin/classic/communicator/
override chrome://global/content/license.html chrome://browser/content/license.html
style chrome://global/content/customizeToolbar.xul chrome://browser/skin/
style chrome://global/content/customizeToolbar.xul chrome://browser/content/browser.css
content branding jar:browser.jar!/content/branding/ contentaccessible=yes
overlay chrome://browser/content/browser.xul chrome://browser/content/win6BrowserOverlay.xul os=WINNT osversion>=666

# pippki.manifest
content pippki jar:pippki.jar!/content/pippki/

# toolkit.manifest
content xbl-marquee jar:toolkit.jar!/content/xbl-marquee/
skin global classic/1.0 jar:toolkit.jar!/skin/classic/global/ os!=WINNT
content global jar:toolkit.jar!/content/global/ contentaccessible=yes
skin mozapps classic/1.0 jar:toolkit.jar!/skin/classic/aero/mozapps/ os=WINNT osversion>=666
skin global classic/1.0 jar:toolkit.jar!/skin/classic/aero/global/ os=WINNT osversion>=666
content mozapps jar:toolkit.jar!/content/mozapps/
skin mozapps classic/1.0 jar:toolkit.jar!/skin/classic/mozapps/ os!=WINNT
content global-region jar:toolkit.jar!/content/global-region/
content cookie jar:toolkit.jar!/content/cookie/
content passwordmgr jar:toolkit.jar!/content/passwordmgr/
override chrome://global/content/nsTransferable.js chrome://global/content/nsDragAndDrop.js
content global-platform jar:toolkit.jar!/content/global-platform/ platform
skin mozapps classic/1.0 jar:toolkit.jar!/skin/classic/mozapps/ os=WINNT osversion<666
resource gre-resources jar:toolkit.jar!/res/
content satchel jar:toolkit.jar!/content/satchel/
skin global classic/1.0 jar:toolkit.jar!/skin/classic/global/ os=WINNT osversion<666
I know, i said: Change it to 60 & i used 666 - doesn't matter at all :). Hope, you like this tutorial.

Edit: Last but not least: Thanks moonchild for Pale Moon. Since Firefox is going the damn wrong way, you keep a wonderful project. Dunno what i'd do, if Pale Moon wasn't here.

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Re: Return to "Classic Skin", even with Aero

Unread post by Moonchild » 2012-07-10, 00:00

Or.. you can use a (well-designed) persona and it will be extremely legible ;)

I personally use the menu bar and my own persona.

Thank you for the howto though! I agree that by default with "glass", there's a lot of room for improvement. But "it looks spiffy" with the transparency, I guess.
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Claymore

Re: Return to "Classic Skin", even with Aero

Unread post by Claymore » 2012-07-10, 01:18

@Moonchild: The main reason for my workaround is (noticed later), it fixed the slow closing tabs too. I''ve not a weak PC, but it went annoying. Also with personas, tabs-closing was laggy. Dunno why, but it seems, the Aero-skin is the reason for the lag. As far as i know, it's not a bug in Pale Moon. Happened at Firefox too.
May you report your speed of closing all tabs at one and/or closing many tabs quick? Do you have a lag too with personas or is it gone with it? :)

greetings

pangolin

Re: Return to "Classic Skin", even with Aero

Unread post by pangolin » 2012-12-02, 15:48

Suddenly I have strange (ugly) colors in my bars.
I google for "palemoon skin" , click on the first hit, come here, read cause and solution and problem solved.
I wish computers always worked like this!

Thanks!

TheObserver

Re: Return to "Classic Skin", even with Aero

Unread post by TheObserver » 2012-12-18, 12:04

Is there anyway to retain the lighter Tabs available with the default theme whilst using a Persona?

Claymore

Re: Return to "Classic Skin", even with Aero

Unread post by Claymore » 2013-09-13, 12:13

Since Pale Moon 24 was released, the tutorial is slight different:

Go to "\browser\chrome\" & open chrome.manifest

Change all to

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locale browser-region en-US jar:en-US.jar!/locale/browser-region/
locale branding en-US jar:en-US.jar!/locale/branding/
locale pdf.js en-US jar:en-US.jar!/locale/pdfviewer/
locale browser en-US jar:en-US.jar!/locale/browser/
content branding jar:browser.jar!/content/branding/ contentaccessible=yes
skin browser classic/1.0 jar:browser.jar!/skin/classic/browser/ os!=WINNT
skin browser classic/1.0 jar:browser.jar!/skin/classic/aero/browser/ os=WINNT osversion>=666
content browser jar:browser.jar!/content/browser/ contentaccessible=yes
skin browser classic/1.0 jar:browser.jar!/skin/classic/browser/ os=WINNT osversion<666
skin communicator classic/1.0 jar:browser.jar!/skin/classic/communicator/
override chrome://global/locale/netError.dtd chrome://browser/locale/netError.dtd
override chrome://mozapps/locale/downloads/settingsChange.dtd chrome://browser/locale/downloads/settingsChange.dtd
override chrome://global/locale/appstrings.properties chrome://browser/locale/appstrings.properties
overlay chrome://browser/content/browser.xul chrome://browser/content/report-phishing-overlay.xul
overlay chrome://global/content/viewPartialSource.xul chrome://browser/content/viewSourceOverlay.xul
overlay chrome://browser/content/browser.xul chrome://browser/content/win6BrowserOverlay.xul os=WINNT osversion>=666
override chrome://global/content/license.html chrome://browser/content/license.html
overlay chrome://global/content/viewSource.xul chrome://browser/content/viewSourceOverlay.xul
style chrome://global/content/customizeToolbar.xul chrome://browser/content/browser.css
overlay chrome://browser/content/places/places.xul chrome://browser/content/places/downloadsViewOverlay.xul
style chrome://global/content/customizeToolbar.xul chrome://browser/skin/
manifest pdfjs/pdfjs.manifest
Or note the different osversion-tags & change them to anything, greater than 6 or 7 (dunno the version for Windows 8).

Go to "\chrome\" & open chrome.manifest

Change all to

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locale global-platform en-US jar:en-US.jar!/locale/en-US/global-platform/
locale mozapps en-US jar:en-US.jar!/locale/en-US/mozapps/
locale passwordmgr en-US jar:en-US.jar!/locale/en-US/passwordmgr/
locale global-region en-US jar:en-US.jar!/locale/en-US/global-region/
locale weave en-US jar:en-US.jar!/locale/en-US/
locale alerts en-US jar:en-US.jar!/locale/en-US/alerts/
locale necko en-US jar:en-US.jar!/locale/en-US/necko/
locale pippki en-US jar:en-US.jar!/locale/en-US/pippki/
locale cookie en-US jar:en-US.jar!/locale/en-US/cookie/
locale pipnss en-US jar:en-US.jar!/locale/en-US/pipnss/
locale autoconfig en-US jar:en-US.jar!/locale/en-US/autoconfig/
locale global en-US jar:en-US.jar!/locale/en-US/global/
locale places en-US jar:en-US.jar!/locale/en-US/places/
content marionette jar:marionette.jar!/content/
content specialpowers jar:marionette.jar!/content/
content mozapps jar:toolkit.jar!/content/mozapps/
content global-platform jar:toolkit.jar!/content/global-platform/ platform
skin global classic/1.0 jar:toolkit.jar!/skin/classic/global/ os=WINNT osversion<666
content satchel jar:toolkit.jar!/content/satchel/
content global-region jar:toolkit.jar!/content/global-region/
content global jar:toolkit.jar!/content/global/ contentaccessible=yes
skin mozapps classic/1.0 jar:toolkit.jar!/skin/classic/aero/mozapps/ os=WINNT osversion>=666
skin mozapps classic/1.0 jar:toolkit.jar!/skin/classic/mozapps/ os!=WINNT
content passwordmgr jar:toolkit.jar!/content/passwordmgr/
skin mozapps classic/1.0 jar:toolkit.jar!/skin/classic/mozapps/ os=WINNT osversion<666
skin global classic/1.0 jar:toolkit.jar!/skin/classic/aero/global/ os=WINNT osversion>=666
content xbl-marquee jar:toolkit.jar!/content/xbl-marquee/
content cookie jar:toolkit.jar!/content/cookie/
skin global classic/1.0 jar:toolkit.jar!/skin/classic/global/ os!=WINNT
content recording jar:recording.jar!/content/
content pippki jar:pippki.jar!/content/pippki/
resource specialpowers jar:marionette.jar!/modules/
override chrome://global/content/nsTransferable.js chrome://global/content/nsDragAndDrop.js
resource gre-resources jar:toolkit.jar!/res/
Or note the different osversion-tags & change them to anything, greater than 6 or 7 (dunno the version for Windows 8).

Have a nice day & thank you moonchild, for the nice new version! :D

Claymore

Re: Return to "Classic Skin", even with Aero

Unread post by Claymore » 2014-03-13, 04:11

As for Pale Moon 24.4.0, it has changed a bit and may also be compatible with Firefox too ;):

You need: WinRAR (easiest for working with)

Go to your install-directory, locate & open open "omni.ja" with WinRAR, locate & open the directory "\chrome\" and then extract "chrome.manifest"
Open it with Notepad and change it to:

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locale global-platform en-US en-US/locale/en-US/global-platform/
locale mozapps en-US en-US/locale/en-US/mozapps/
locale passwordmgr en-US en-US/locale/en-US/passwordmgr/
locale global-region en-US en-US/locale/en-US/global-region/
locale weave en-US en-US/locale/en-US/
locale alerts en-US en-US/locale/en-US/alerts/
locale necko en-US en-US/locale/en-US/necko/
locale pippki en-US en-US/locale/en-US/pippki/
locale cookie en-US en-US/locale/en-US/cookie/
locale pipnss en-US en-US/locale/en-US/pipnss/
locale autoconfig en-US en-US/locale/en-US/autoconfig/
locale global en-US en-US/locale/en-US/global/
locale places en-US en-US/locale/en-US/places/
content marionette marionette/content/
content specialpowers marionette/content/
content mozapps toolkit/content/mozapps/
content global-platform toolkit/content/global-platform/ platform
skin global classic/1.0 toolkit/skin/classic/global/ os=WINNT osversion<666
content satchel toolkit/content/satchel/
content global-region toolkit/content/global-region/
content global toolkit/content/global/ contentaccessible=yes
skin mozapps classic/1.0 toolkit/skin/classic/aero/mozapps/ os=WINNT osversion>=666
skin mozapps classic/1.0 toolkit/skin/classic/mozapps/ os!=WINNT
content passwordmgr toolkit/content/passwordmgr/
skin mozapps classic/1.0 toolkit/skin/classic/mozapps/ os=WINNT osversion<666
skin global classic/1.0 toolkit/skin/classic/aero/global/ os=WINNT osversion>=666
content xbl-marquee toolkit/content/xbl-marquee/
content cookie toolkit/content/cookie/
skin global classic/1.0 toolkit/skin/classic/global/ os!=WINNT
content recording recording/content/
content pippki pippki/content/pippki/
resource specialpowers marionette/modules/
override chrome://global/content/nsTransferable.js chrome://global/content/nsDragAndDrop.js
resource gre-resources toolkit/res/
Save the file and drag & drop it back to the same location. WinRAR now will ask, if you want to include it. Press OK & we're done here.

Go to your install-directory, locate & open the directory "browser". Open "omni.ja" with WinRAR, locate & open the directory "\chrome\" and then extract "chrome.manifest"
Open it with Notepad and change it to:

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locale browser-region en-US en-US/locale/browser-region/
locale branding en-US en-US/locale/branding/
locale pdf.js en-US en-US/locale/pdfviewer/
locale browser en-US en-US/locale/browser/
content branding browser/content/branding/ contentaccessible=yes
skin browser classic/1.0 browser/skin/classic/browser/ os!=WINNT
skin browser classic/1.0 browser/skin/classic/aero/browser/ os=WINNT osversion>=666
content browser browser/content/browser/ contentaccessible=yes
skin browser classic/1.0 browser/skin/classic/browser/ os=WINNT osversion<666
skin communicator classic/1.0 browser/skin/classic/communicator/
override chrome://global/locale/netError.dtd chrome://browser/locale/netError.dtd
override chrome://mozapps/locale/downloads/settingsChange.dtd chrome://browser/locale/downloads/settingsChange.dtd
override chrome://global/locale/appstrings.properties chrome://browser/locale/appstrings.properties
overlay chrome://browser/content/browser.xul chrome://browser/content/report-phishing-overlay.xul
overlay chrome://global/content/viewPartialSource.xul chrome://browser/content/viewSourceOverlay.xul
overlay chrome://browser/content/browser.xul chrome://browser/content/win6BrowserOverlay.xul os=WINNT osversion>=666
override chrome://global/content/license.html chrome://browser/content/license.html
overlay chrome://global/content/viewSource.xul chrome://browser/content/viewSourceOverlay.xul
style chrome://global/content/customizeToolbar.xul chrome://browser/content/browser.css
overlay chrome://browser/content/places/places.xul chrome://browser/content/places/downloadsViewOverlay.xul
style chrome://global/content/customizeToolbar.xul chrome://browser/skin/
manifest pdfjs/pdfjs.manifest
Save the file and drag & drop it back to the same location. WinRAR now will ask, if you want to include it. Press OK & we're done here.

Finished :).

Again thanks to Moonchild for releasing & maintaining Pale Moon. I tried FF lately and I'll throw away Mozilla, if Moonchild will stop developing Pale Moon. There is no chance to go back to FreakFox.

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Re: Return to "Classic Skin", even with Aero

Unread post by Night Wing » 2014-03-13, 10:44

@Claymore,

You have a lot of code in there just to change the skin color. Do you have a screen shot of your skin? I'd like to see what it looks like.

I use Aero in Windows, but I change my skin color using a persona called "Hydriel". It's a bluish green hue with black colored lettering. I use the Hydriel in linux too. The link to Hydriel is below.

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/hydriel/

Once on the page, you can place your cursor over it to see what it looks like. You might have to place your cursor over it a few times to see the visible changes since Mozilla has reworked their personas site (I think).
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Claymore

Re: Return to "Classic Skin", even with Aero

Unread post by Claymore » 2014-03-15, 10:12

Sure :):
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The only things changed in the code:

6 to 666

With this I trick the engine to believe, my OS won't support AERO and so the default-style will get chosen. It's no theme or something similar - all I do is activating something, what is built in. It's like disabling AERO or going back to Classic Style in Windows. But the benefits with the trick: You still have the support of AERO (Colored taskbar, etc.) AND a clean looking browser :). Don't know, why Mozilla won't make a simple switch in about:config or in the settings to enable it by default.

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Re: Return to "Classic Skin", even with Aero

Unread post by Ambassador » 2014-06-19, 21:31

Hi, is it possible to override those manifest files using the user profile directory and this method without having to modify and repackage the omni.ja's? Thanks.

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