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Directory Opus Vista Icons v2.0

NOTE: When using Directory Opus 10 or above, there is no need to install this icon-set. A completely redesigned version of this icon-set is built-in to the program.

DIRECTORY OPUS 9 Vista Icons by Cris van Minnen


The Icons look much better if you disable the highlighting effect:

  • Go to Settings -> Preferences -> Display -> Toolbars
  • Set Image highlighting effect to None

Installing: (981 KB)

  • Opus 10 and above:
    • See note at the top. The icons are already built-in.
  • Opus 9:
    1. Download the attached .zip file
    2. Extract DOpusVista.dis
    3. In Directory Opus, open Settings Menu - Preferences
    4. In Preferences, go to Display - Toolbar Icons
    5. Click on the Import button (disk with up arrow), or press <Alt>+<M>
    6. Browse to and select the DOpusVista.dis file, and click Open
  • Opus 8:
    • Extract DOpusVista.dis from the zip
    • Change the extension from .dis to .zip
    • Extract the contents to /dopusdata/Images

Thanks for the icons and the new smaller ones. Looks really good.


The small icons look very slick.

Good Job!


:smiley: Beautiful job. Thank you!

Directory Opus is an amazing tool. But the wonderful user community makes it even more impressive.

Really nice job, Christiaan. A great addition to those using Vista.


Icons look great, but I am having a problem installing.

I followed the instructions and I get an error - see screenshot.

Is this something to do with it being a USB install ?




Installed on my local install exported to USB - New iconset was still not available, but was then able to install on the USB version - very strange ??



The delete icon needs some red in it, it's too hard to find :slight_smile:

The Directory Opus 9 Vista Icon Set already contains another delete icon: "delete2".
You could use it instead of the standard "delete" icon:

Excellent. Good to see some high quality icon sets. Thanks :slight_smile:

These are wonderful, thanks! The icons have an low-key, almost "washed out" look - is that normal for Vista? (I don't use it.)

I just realised that these icons look much better (at least to my eyes and on my monitor) if you disable the highlight effect:

Go to Preferences - Display - Toolbars and set Image highlighting effect to None.

The Glow option that I was using before desaturates the icons slightly except for the one under the mouse which gets a slight increase in saturation. This works well with the default icon set, since those icons are very bright, but I think it spoils Chris's Vista icons as their colours are more subtle and desaturating them makes them look washed out, as Rhywun describes.

The difference between Glow being on and off may be hard to see and will depend a lot on your monitor but try turning it off and see for yourself, or using the screenshots below. I think turning it off improves these icons by making the edges stand out better and making the folder/desktop/UAC icons in my screenshots more distinctive from the other icons.

Tweaking the Gamma slider down to 28% (from 50%) in the NVidia control panel also made the icons (and just about everything else) look more crisp and well defined.

You'll probably all look at the pictures below and think "they look the same" but if you flick between the two it does make a difference, at least with my monitor setup. YMMV!

actually the glow option should make the icons brighter than the original when mouse is over it...but what it actually does is that it lowers the brightness/contrast(whatever) from the orinal icons and during mouse over it turns it to original color settings.So in normal condition the icons actually look a bit dull....i think that needs to be changed

It's done on purpose. The icons are made slightly dimmer when the mouse is not over them and slightly brighter when the mouse is. Otherwise the icons would have to be made really bright when the mouse goes over them for you to notice any difference and that can cause problems (e.g. if the icon is already very bright already then you can't make it brighter).

In the new version they will look sharper and less washed out. :wink:
I will also add more color and I will remove a lot of 3D Vista elements (toolbar icons are 2D icons).

Hi Christiaan, many thanks for the updated icons, I use your previous set and will be updating as soon as these are released.

Just wondering, have you taken a look at windows 7 at all? Just wondered how the icons look on there and if you have any plans to do a win 7 icon set? Windows 7 is almost at the RC stage now so its very nearly finished, only a matter of months away.

On a side note I hope we won't have to wait to long for a windows 7 build of opus.

The new icons look great Christiaan!

The icons in Windows 7 still seem to be in a state of flux. The reports on what's changed between build 7000 (the public beta) and build 7048 mention several icon changes so it might be worth waiting until the RC for anyone who wants to match their style, though it's probably possible to get an overall feel for it now.

Excellent work as always, Christiaan! Very nice. I look forward to seeing the finished collection.

Hey Christiaan, GOOD STUFF!

Any chance you might consider adding in a 'selectchecked' icon and perhaps an alternate 'checkboxmode2' icon something like: