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Licorice by link6155 Licorice by link6155

Here's the dark variant of my theme, Vanilla

Always create a system restore before attempting to modify your system with any themes or tool!!! I am not responsible for anything that happens to your computer!

FAQs:

Q: What is Licorice? Is this candy?
A: Licorice is a Windows 8.1 theme, please don't try to eat this.

Q: How can I download this?
A: Press the download button on the right side of the page

Q: How can I install this theme?
A: Take the content of the zip folder you downloaded and place it in C:\Windows\Resources\Themes. Make sure you patch your computer using UXThemePatcher or UXStyle.

Q: How do I update the theme?
A: First, make a restore point to make sure you can always go back if anything goes wrong. Afterwards, change your theme to another theme such as the default aero theme. Log off and on, then insert the new theme files in the appropriate location (see above). Apply the theme and you're good to go!

Q: The inactive tabs' texts in firefox are unreadable, how do you fix this?
A: Install this userstyle in firefox: userstyles.org/styles/101995/f…

Q: Help! The theme isn't applying and I am getting a grey basic theme!
A: Make sure to patch/override your uxtheme.dll file using UXStyle or UXtheme Ultra patcher.

Q: Will there be a windows 7 version?
A: Possibly, but I currently don't have Windows 7

Q: Will there be other colors?
A: This is the dark variant of Vanilla, other colors probably won't be available as of this time.

Q: The up arrow icon is so ugly, why don't you change it?
A: I can't, you would need to modify your system to do this

Q: How do I update the theme?
A: You need to select another theme (such as the default windows theme), restart your computer (just in case), then replace the old Licorice theme files with the new ones.


Changelog:

  • 2/23/2014: Initial Release
  • 2/24/2014: Minor changes to taskbar
  • 2/25/2014: Improved taskbar progress bar and notification visibility, added ribbon support (ribbon will still be regular color)
  • 2/26/2014: Theme back online, no changes from previous version.
  • 4/10/2014: Added Windows 8.1 Update 1 support.
  • 4/13/2014: Fixed context menu hover color in Start Screen.
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:iconawijannarko:
awijannarko Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2015
Perfect....except one: Black Title Bar in Ms. Office :D...other than that, it's perfect!
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:iconpathduck:
Pathduck Featured By Owner Edited Feb 4, 2015
This theme would be perfect, if not for the black text on dark background in Windows Explorer address bar.

If you make it white or even better, light grey, like in your Win10 preview it would be great - I think something subtle is the best way :)
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:iconwilliam-tael:
William-Tael Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2015
Fixed.
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:icondeschek:
deschek Featured By Owner Edited Jan 8, 2015
Hello link6155,

great work, but how do i change the forward and backward button in the explorer window. At this time it looks so:

drive.google.com/file/d/0B6RP8…

What i'am doing wrong?
Im using Win 8.1 with a pathed uxtheme.dll.
BTW: The "Base for 8.1" Theme work perfect...
THX
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:iconskrell:
Skrell Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015
i'm having the same problem, how did you fix it?   :)
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:iconaminecube:
aminecube Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015
Same problem here !
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:iconpinkiewhy:
PinkieWhy Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014
thanks for such an awesome VS!

i love the way it looks

one question though, anyway to disable windows from "greying out" when they are unselected? ex: i.imgbox.com/xsHUG4dl.png <---left side of pic

Thanks!
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:iconferretallica:
ferretallica Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014
Does it really need 30Mb of wallpapers?
(hint: no it doesn't)
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:iconlink6155:
link6155 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Do you need to use this theme?
(hint: no you don't)

It's my theme, so I decide what it includes and what it doesn't include.
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:iconryu-beats:
Ryu-Beats Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
One of the best if not best windows 8 theme, Can you make a solid dark black version this light grey lets the whole thing down
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:iconlink6155:
link6155 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I don't have any plans on making a darker version.
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:iconvfxprim:
VFXPrim Featured By Owner May 27, 2014
Thank's. Theme is super! Can i change background windows frames to more dark?
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:iconandromedapcart:
AndromedaPcArt Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
will this work with your online windows 8
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:iconlink6155:
link6155 Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
no, online windows 8 is only a simulator of windows 8, it's not actually windows 8 being emulated online.
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:iconrcastill:
rcastill Featured By Owner May 10, 2014
I think there's a new bug... recently Windows 8.1 updated its UI (I say it because, apps in metro-mode now have an X and _ button if you set your mouse pos at the top edge, also task bar appears when you set it at bottom edge) and when I right-click any tile, the option menu is not triggered, I tested it in other PC and it worked, so I thought it was your theme... do you know something about this? 
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:iconlink6155:
link6155 Featured By Owner May 10, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
This has been fixed for a long time now
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:iconrcastill:
rcastill Featured By Owner May 10, 2014
sorry I just saw the changelog, it seems to be fixed, I'll give it a try!
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link6155 Featured By Owner May 9, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
what? This theme has nothing to do with chrome, it's a visual style for Windows 8.
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:iconmesteele101:
mesteele101 Featured By Owner May 8, 2014
There seems to be a problem with the 'Find' dialog box in at least IE11. What you type in it is almost matching the background and is really hard to read.

Screen Shot: www.dropbox.com/s/tpn6tutxi4cp…

Great theme...
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:icon808sk:
808sk Featured By Owner May 3, 2014
I have tried all the grey/black windows 8.1 themes and they all have something that bugged me. This is the best with no errors i can find. Maybe adding an option to have the file explorer background light grey and or something but other then that you've out done yourself.  *slow clap* initiated. 
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:iconwhitewraith:
WhiteWraith Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I take it this is not a x64 skin?
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:iconlink6155:
link6155 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
This skin should work with both x64 and x86.
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:iconmusicadigital:
musicadigital Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014
simply the best...thank you!!!
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:iconsqueemishness:
Squeemishness Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
For anyone having issues installing this or other themes, I found the source of the problem for me, so I might as well share the solution in case it works for anyone else. 

When you download the .zip file, find it and right-click, click 'Properties'. Under the 'General' tab, if you see a button that says 'Unblock' at the bottom (below a button which says 'Advanced'), click it, and click OK. If you do not see the unblock button then the file is not blocked. It's important to unblock the file BEFORE unzipping it, or else you will have to go through the unzipped folder and manually unblock all the files within it. 
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:iconlink6155:
link6155 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I haven't seen anyone report this problem yet, but thanks for the heads up.
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:iconradanius:
Radanius Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014
Please make start menu in style for the program StartIsBack.
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:iconandretm:
AndreTM Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
P E R F E C T! ;)
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:iconboxycodone:
Boxycodone Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Hey man, love the theme. My only gripe is there seems to be a border issue with certain apps when they're inactive in the background.

i.imgur.com/33O5YzW.png

Is there any fix? Or any kind of file edit I can do to make the borders go away?
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:iconlink6155:
link6155 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
There's no fix to this as that's just a problem with rounded corners on Windows 8.
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:iconboxycodone:
Boxycodone Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
The entire white outline is a bug of rounded corners?
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:iconlink6155:
link6155 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
It's not necessarily a bug, but rather a side effect of having rounded corners. To achieve the rounded corners, the rounded edges of windows are drawn on the shadow. This makes programs such as steam that uses the Aero shadow to look like this.
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:iconboxycodone:
Boxycodone Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Is there any file editing I can do to thin out the borders around the windows? :) I just wanna see what it would look like.
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:iconlink6155:
link6155 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
You can make the windows edges thinner, but not the shadow.
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:iconboxycodone:
Boxycodone Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Ahh, that makes sense. It's a shame because this theme is pretty, but that issue kind of ruins the look for me. :(
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:iconlink6155:
link6155 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Keep in mind this only effect apps that uses native window shadows, which there's only a handful of.
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:iconboxycodone:
Boxycodone Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
So there's no way to fix that? Damn.
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:iconlink6155:
link6155 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Well you could turn off shadows on windows, but that would also mess up this theme :/
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mesteele101 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014
After installing into Windows 8.1 Feature Pack official release, and going to the Metro screen. Right-clicking the tile, the contextual menu is supposed to pop up, and it doesn't. Also right-clicking the metro screen to set group names, it fails to produce the edit boxes. If I just switch the theme back to the stock Windows 8 theme, all is working again.

Is there a fix for this?
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:iconlink6155:
link6155 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
The theme has just been recently updated to support Windows 8.1 update 1 now.
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:iconmesteele101:
mesteele101 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014
This works again. One thing I noticed is in IE11 when the find is activated the dialog box is black and hard to read after typing.
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:iconlink6155:
link6155 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Screenshot of this? I don't see the same problem as you in IE11.
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