What is new in Classic Shell 4.2.6

Classic Shell is one of most popular Start menu replacements for Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10 along with a bunch of unique customization options for Explorer and Taskbar. A new version of the program brings a significant number of changes to the app. Here is the list of changes available in this release.


The full change log for Classic Shell 4.2.6 looks as follows:

Major new features

  • Classic Start Menu supports fade, slide and random animations also in Windows 7 style. 01 menu animation
  • New feature to select the text color for the taskbar on Windows 7, 8, 10. Windows 10 taskbar text color
  • New feature to set a texture for the Taskbar and Start Menu for Windows 7, 8, 10. 02 taskbar textures
  • Settings to set taskbar color and transparency for Windows 7, 8, 10. 03 taskbar color and transparency
  • Metro Settings in search results have a "Pin to Start Menu" right-click command. 04 metro settings pin to start
  • New Explorer toolbar commands to toggle hidden files, system files, file extensions, open Folder Options and create a ZIP file. 05 new toolbar commands 2 05 new toolbar commands
  • New setting for the font of the Explorer status bar (Windows 8 and up). 06 status bar font
  • Many new skin features:
    • Skins can use PNG and JPEG resources
    • Textures are supported in Start Menu skins, up to 4 with tiling pattern and a mask
    • Skins support logos/emblems drawn on top of the menu background, up to 10 emblems, first 4 can have a mask
    • Menu shadow can be disabled as a skin setting
    • All Programs tree in Windows 7 style can be completely transparent and use the background from the main menu
    • Skin options are completely rewritten and now support colors, bitmaps, and more
    • New "Metallic" skin that showcases the new skin features

Minor new features:

  • Compatibility with Windows 10 Redstone 1.
  • New setting to set hover sound for the Start button. 07 hover button sound
  • If a menu item's Label field has a user-defined accelerator key using an amperstand (&) character, it will be executed when you press the key, ignoring other items that begin with that letter.
  • You can hide All Programs item in Windows 7 style menu from Settings UI (previously only as a Group Policy). 08 hide all apps
  • Some Start Menu commands are now available from cmd line. e.g. ClassicStartMenu.exe -cmd restart. Other commands include confirm_logoff, advanced_boot, update_restart, update_shutdown, hybrid_shutdown.
  • New setting to select the last item in the shutdown menu instead of the first. 09 last shutdown command
  • The Shutdown menu has separate items for shutdown/restart without installing updates.
  • The Invert Metro Icons setting now works without a restart of the menu.
  • Metro icons correctly update their color when the system color changes (Windows 10).

Bug fixes and minor changes:

  • Recent documents will not show redundant items with full path.
  • The search thread runs at normal priority instead of "idle" so even if the CPU is busy at startup or doing long-running tasks like video encoding, the search will be fast.
  • Fixed a bug where you can select two radio buttons in the skin settings.
  • Corrupted/damaged Metro Apps are hidden from the Apps menu.

That's it.

You can download Classic Shell 4.2.6 from its official web site.

4 thoughts on “What is new in Classic Shell 4.2.6

  1. Aritra Nath

    Beautiful !!! Kudos to the devs.

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  2. daveo76

    Classic Shell 4.2.6 is actually a beta edition. But now 4.2.7 is out as beta edition. Whilst stable edition is 4.2.5c

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  3. hans

    On the classic shell website I can only download version 4.2.5c or the latest BETA 4.2.7. Did I miss something?

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      There was an issue with 32-bit Windows 10 so developer quickly released a QFE/hotfix as 4.2.7

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