What's up with Office 2013's context menu and tooltip shadows?

Update (2015-04-22): Somewhat surprisingly, a recent Office 2013 patch appears to have fixed this issue. Update (2015-03-04): Office 2016 fixes this. Update (2014-10-03): Office 2013 running on the Windows 10 Technical Preview (build 9841) exhibits the same issue 🙁 At some point in the not-too-distant past, Office 2013 started rendering strange shadow artefacts in the […]

Code samples on GitHub

I’ve put the code samples featured on this blog over the years on GitHub: NotificationAreaIconSampleAppWPF (December 2010/January 2011) Windows 7-style Notification Area Applications in WPF: Part 1 (Removing Resize) Windows 7-style Notification Area Applications in WPF: Part 2 (Notify Icon Position) Windows 7-style Notification Area Applications in WPF: Part 3 (Taskbar Position) Windows 7-style Notification […]

Fix Visual Studio 2013 Start Menu shortcuts

Click here to see this bug on Connect. Visual Studio 2013 configures Start Menu shortcuts differently to earlier versions. Specifically, it adds a shortcut to ‘Visual Studio Tools’ (%PROGRAMFILES(X86)%\Microsoft Visual Studio 12.0\Common7\Tools\Shortcuts), where Visual Studio 2012 added a directory called ‘Visual Studio Tools’ and added copies of the shortcuts. This is all a bit confusing, […]

ResEdit doesn't work with the Windows SDK 8.0 and above (use 7.1 or below)

ResEdit is a nice resource file editor for Windows programs. Regrettably, it has some issues with the latest versions of the Windows SDK (8.0 and 8.1) – it’s possible to create a resource script (.rc) file, but you won’t be able to open it again later. Even if %PROGRAMFILES(x86)%Windows Kits8.1Include is set as include path, […]