Hacking Windows 7 Media Center

Transparent Folder Icons in Media Browser

by @ 9:00 am on May 15th, 2009 in media browser with 5 Comments

Hack7MC So you’ve got your Media Browser install all set up with custom icons and a transparent background, to show off your awesome Media Center theme, but now you’ve got a new problem. Those custom folder icons you downloaded show this ugly blue background whenever you hover over them. Well, we better do something about that!

Media Browser folder with blue background

The solution to this problem is actually quite simple. First you’ll need to open up Windows Explorer and navigate to “C:\ProgramData\MediaBrowser\”. If you can’t see the folder that’s probably because it’s hidden by default. You can either unhide the folder using Folder Options or just enter the location in the navigation bar and hit enter.

Once inside you’ll see a number of files, including one named “Styles_DoNotEdit.mcml”. Create a copy of this file in the same directory and rename it “CustomStyles.mcml”. Once you’ve got your copy, open the new “CustomStyles.mcml” in a text editor, notepad works fine. Find the line that reads:

<Color Name="PosterZoomBackground" Color="255, 32, 83, 136"/>

The color values may be different depending on your chosen Media Browser theme. We are going to change those values anyways. Change the color value and set it equal to “Transparent” and save the file.

Edit custom styles

Media Browser will now pickup that CustomStyles file and apply it to your current Media Browser theme. Easy as that!

Media Browser folder with transparent background

Special thanks to Olywa123 on the MediaBrowser.tv forums for explaining the process in detail. This is one of the less documented featured of Media Browser that can make quite a difference.

If you’re interested in even more customization for your Media Browser setup you should check out these guides on Getting Trailers Inside Media Browser and Adding Actor Images to the movie details page.


Comment #1174 from BrianAz [Reply]

Now if they would just make the white box around the active item optional!

Comment left May 16, 2009 at 9:21 pm Permanent Link
@Reply #1175 from Michael Healy [Reply]

And pack some of these “hidden” features into the configuration program too! I’m sure there are plenty of little tricks that aren’t quite obvious from the documentation.

Hopefully, the next version of Media Browser will be coming out soon. I hear there are plenty of nice new features in it.

Comment left May 16, 2009 at 9:24 pm Permanent Link

Comment #1180 from BrianAz [Reply]

Yep here is a bit of a list:


Comment left May 17, 2009 at 7:43 pm Permanent Link

Comment #18303 from Kasper [Reply]

When I try this, “Transparent” is already in the <Color Name="PosterZoomBackground" line, and it doesn't work… What can I do?

Comment left September 25, 2010 at 11:05 am Permanent Link
Comment #44586 from sew [Reply]

Friends watch it please

Comment left June 19, 2011 at 3:18 am Permanent Link

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