Select "View->Skins->Select Skins.." to activate the dialog for selecting skins. In the dialog, you can click <apply> button to apply the selected skin on SlimBrowser. You can also double-click an item to apply the skin. Click <ok> button to apply the selected skin and dismiss the dialog.
Select "View->Skins->Disable Skins" to restore SlimBrowser to its original appearance without skin.
On Windows XP or previous operating systems, skins are installed under the "skins" directory inside the installation folder of SlimBrowser program (e.g., c:\program files\slimbrowser\skinname). On Windows Vista, if UAC (User Account Control) is enabled, skins are installed under the "skins" directory inside SlimBrowser application data folder within your personal file (e.g., c:\users\username\AppData\Roaming\SlimBrowser\skins). If UAC is disabled, skins are installed in the same location as in previous operating systems.
Design your own skins
To start designing your own skin, go into your skins folder and then create a sub-directory with the name of the new skin, for example, "my skin". Create a file named "skin.ini" under the newly created directory. You have to write configuration information in "skin.ini" and put necessary images under the same directory. All pictures must be windows bitmap files.
skin.ini should start with this line: [general]. Specify one option in each line below. An option line should be in the form of "OptionName=OptionValue". If you want to use default value for that option, simply remove that line. A line like "OptionName=" will result in syntax error.
You have two choices for the window frame, i.e., simple-fill frame and custom frame.
There are four buttons to be located on the window frame. You can supply an image file for each of the buttons. Each image file must contain four images for the button in normal, hot(when mouse is over), down and disabled states, respectively. The four images should be aligned from left to right in the order mentioned above. The four buttons are minimize button, maximize button, close button and system button.
Windows 3.x and unix has a system button while win95 or later replace the system button with an icon. The users click the system button to get a drop down system menu. You can use SlimBrowser icon image as the system button by specifying this option: SystemIcon=true. This option has a default value of true. If you want to use sys.bmp as the image for the system button, you should specify: SystemIcon=false.
All the toolbars will be tiled with the image in file barback.bmp if it exists.
Site Tab Text Color
If the bitmap file named "expbarback.bmp" exists under the current skin folder, SlimBrowser will use it to tile over the background of the explorer bar (the panes shown when you select "View:Explorer Bars:xxxx" from the menu). If this bitmap file doesn't exist, the default system color will be used.
Status bar will be tiled with the image inside "statusbarback.bmp" if the file exists. Otherwise, it will be filled with the color specified by the following variable:
Submitting Your Own Skin
Please test your skin to make sure it works properly within SlimBrowser. After that, compress all the files under your skin folder into a zip file named SkinName.zip. Submit the zip file to us by email. We will let you know when your skin has been processed and published in the online skin list.
Thanks for making contributions to the SlimBrowser user community!