Incorporating Custom Graphics

Applies To: Windows 7, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 Foundation, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Vista

You must specify in the CMAK wizard whether to use the Connection Manager default bitmaps or your own graphics. You can customize the user interface to include your company logo or another image that identifies your organization. You can replace the graphics in both the main Logon dialog box and the Phone Book dialog box. The replacement graphic must be a bitmap (.bmp) file.

Logon graphic

You can create a custom bitmap or use an existing bitmap to replace the default Connection Manager logon bitmap that appears at the top of the logon dialog box. The default bitmap is 330-by-140 pixels.

Phone book graphic

You can customize the bitmap in the Phone Book dialog box that users see when they select a phone number for dial-up connections. This bitmap appears on the left side of the Phone Book dialog box. The default bitmap is 114-by-309 pixels.

Creating bitmaps

You should consider the following when creating bitmaps for either of the two replaceable graphics:

  • Each bitmap looks best if it has the same proportions as the default bitmap.

    Connection Manager automatically scales each bitmap to appear at the appropriate size, but the image may be distorted if the proportions are not correct.

  • Connection Manager uses the same set of bitmaps, regardless of the display mode.

  • Use a 256-color palette when creating bitmaps.

Be sure to test each bitmap on all target operating systems and platforms.

You can also customize the three icons your users see. For more information, see Incorporating Custom Icons.

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