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Changing Windows color and appearance

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    Windows 8

    Changing Windows color and appearance


    Hello!

    I would like to change the color schemes for applications. For instance, in MS Word, I need to make the background completely dark and the text green, in order to minimize the screen radiation.

    In Win 7, I can go to Personalization > Windows color > Advanced appearance settings >Windows color and appearance. Here I can change colors for Desktop, title bar, scroll bar, window text, etc. But unfortunately, in Win 8 there is no Windows color link in the Personalization window. I looked all over but cannot find the "Windows color and appearance" window.

    Can someone help?

    Thanks.

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  2. #2


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by Jineu21 View Post
    Hello!

    I would like to change the color schemes for applications. For instance, in MS Word, I need to make the background completely dark and the text green, in order to minimize the screen radiation.

    In Win 7, I can go to Personalization > Windows color > Advanced appearance settings >Windows color and appearance. Here I can change colors for Desktop, title bar, scroll bar, window text, etc. But unfortunately, in Win 8 there is no Windows color link in the Personalization window. I looked all over but cannot find the "Windows color and appearance" window.

    Can someone help?

    Thanks.
    Microsoft removed the customizing options.
    You can change a few colors in the registry, but that takes caution.
    See picture--
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    Last edited by David Bailey; 14 Feb 2013 at 07:56. Reason: added image
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  3. #3


    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Jineu21 View Post
    Hello!

    I would like to change the color schemes for applications. For instance, in MS Word, I need to make the background completely dark and the text green, in order to minimize the screen radiation.

    In Win 7, I can go to Personalization > Windows color > Advanced appearance settings >Windows color and appearance. Here I can change colors for Desktop, title bar, scroll bar, window text, etc. But unfortunately, in Win 8 there is no Windows color link in the Personalization window. I looked all over but cannot find the "Windows color and appearance" window.

    Can someone help?

    Thanks.
    The easy way is to get the (classic) customized theme from Win7: right click on it -> save theme for sharing.
    Then try to bring it in Win8 to use.

    Background info:
    You will be using AeroLite.msstyles as VisualStyles in a HiContrast mode to simulate the Classic Themes look.

    More info about the customization of theme colors here:
    Windows 8 Desktop UI - Change Title Text Color?

    You don't necessarily need to modify the registry: just modify the (or each) theme by editing the theme file's [Control Panel\Colors] entries. The theme file has a *.theme extension.

    After saving a theme for sharing, the Vista/7 *.themepack or the 8 *.deskthemepack can be extracted into the containing wallpapers and the *.theme file itself.

    The customization/appearance options were removed from the interface (you cannot click to change them) but all options are still there.
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