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Special Themes (AeroLite and High Contrast variations)

  1. #11


    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    Wow, I do like this!!
    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot
    Interesting stuff I find.
    Thanks.

    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot
    Can I request a custom order?

    I'm looking for something like the midnight theme, except BLACK BLACK everywhere. Kind of almost like the black high contrast theme, but in red window outlining. Just black through and through, white text, red window outline.
    Here it is: hc-black-red-outline

    There were like 30 test versions until I liked it! Had to clean the themes list...

    preview final look:
    Click image for larger version

    The two entries below control a lot of UI elements so in this case they were set to white:
    Code:
    [Control Panel\Colors]
    
    ;close minimize maximize from windows as well + right click menu 
    ;and explorer menu + menu button hilight outline + taskbar outline:
    ButtonText=255 255 255
    
    
    ;control panel personalization options color (to the left) + hilights on taskbar buttons:
    HotTrackingColor=255 255 255
    If you have any other modifications to this theme in mind, you can always give it a go in Notepad... I've commented some important entries in text so that shouldn't be a problem.

    Cheers!
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  2. #12


    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by Hopachi View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    Wow, I do like this!!
    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot
    Interesting stuff I find.
    Thanks.

    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot
    Can I request a custom order?

    I'm looking for something like the midnight theme, except BLACK BLACK everywhere. Kind of almost like the black high contrast theme, but in red window outlining. Just black through and through, white text, red window outline.
    Here it is: hc-black-red-outline

    There were like 30 test versions until I liked it! Had to clean the themes list...

    preview final look:
    Click image for larger version

    The two entries below control a lot of UI elements so in this case they were set to white:
    Code:
    [Control Panel\Colors]
    
    ;close minimize maximize from windows as well + right click menu 
    ;and explorer menu + menu button hilight outline + taskbar outline:
    ButtonText=255 255 255
    
    
    ;control panel personalization options color (to the left) + hilights on taskbar buttons:
    HotTrackingColor=255 255 255
    If you have any other modifications to this theme in mind, you can always give it a go in Notepad... I've commented some important entries in text so that shouldn't be a problem.

    Cheers!
    You sir are a god.

    Freaking awesome!

    Although I'm wondering if the white lines around the File Explorer Ribbon groups, the breadcrumb navigation bar and the search bar can be changed to black.

    Just whoa!
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  3. #13


    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Definitely like how you don't need to modify .dll files with the themes! It actually makes Office 2013 show up black as well where with the regular high contrast, it wouldn't.

    I'm going to be a stickler, but is there anyway in which the high contrast themes not apply to Interwebster Explorer and/or the Start Screen?
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  4. #14


    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    You sir are a god.

    Freaking awesome!

    Although I'm wondering if the white lines around the File Explorer Ribbon groups, the breadcrumb navigation bar and the search bar can be changed to black.

    Just whoa!
    Thank you.

    The lines around explorer ribbon groups are made black. That's the good news.

    before:
    Click image for larger version

    after:
    Click image for larger version

    Notice: all inactive buttons, even those pinned in top-left corner are invisible now. Not bad, since those were inactive.

    Ribbon lines here:
    Code:
    ButtonShadow=0 0 0 ;explorer menu lines

    The bad news is that the breadcrumbs navigation lines and the search bar are actually WindowText (the one you see mostly everywhere, in browsers, on desktop and when you type in notepads).

    Code:
    WindowText=224 224 224 
    ;explorer breadcrumbs + search bar outline as well
    Making that one black and the theme is toasted: you cannot see a thing.
    So there is no solution in making that one black unless the backgrounds become white again but then we would be starting from the beginning again.

    Anyway, I like how the ribbon group lines and inactive buttons are black now so that modified version is posted in zip.

    Cheers!
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  5. #15


    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    I'm going to be a stickler, but is there anyway in which the high contrast themes not apply to Interwebster Explorer and/or the Start Screen?
    I never heard of such exceptions: the theme is always applied globally.
    Maybe some advanced settings of Magnifier? Inverted mode? That's still not enough for what you need here.

    The only quick-fix I see is making the background lighter, or white but then the text needs to be changed to black... chain reaction messing with the looks again...

    If you plan to mess round there, modify these:
    Code:
    Background=0 0 0
    Window=0 0 0
    WindowText=224 224 224 ;explorer breadcrumbs + search bar outline as well
    But I wouldn't ruin the looks of it.
    That theme would look like a hybrid theme: half high-contrast, half lighter, but the opposite of what I posted on first page because there the background is black, and that wouldn't look pretty.

    If you have any ideas on this one, good luck.
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  6. #16


    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64

    Classic Themes


    Windows Classic Themes from Win98 - XP actually work on Win8 and 8.1

    I found the link in an older thread quite some time ago. Now I decided to share the file on this thread as well.
    EDIT: found it,
    Classic themes for Windows 8 ? classic theme, Brick, Spruce and so on ? total 17 themes | Winaero

    Install.bat installs them all or just open the Themes folder and put there the needed *.theme file(s).
    Double-clicking a *.theme file will also install it but it will also be applied.

    EDIT:
    The themes folder where you can copy/move theme files (for each user) is:
    Code:
    %userprofile%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Themes\
    If you want the new themes to be available for all users, copy them to the system theme folder instead:
    Code:
    %windir%\Resources\Themes\

    Thanks to bawldiggle for asking about the theme folder locations.

    Hopachi
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    Last edited by Hopachi; 22 Oct 2013 at 14:21. Reason: fixed link
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  7. #17


    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64

    Night Mode


    For the astronomers among us: Night Mode theme, based on high contrast.

    Click image for larger version

    * the only remaining things still unchanged: desktop text (white) and some light icons (depends on program), both unchangeable (non-existent) from the theme parameters.
    More about this:
    Playing around with the drop shadows will get a black text on desktop but only if the (temporary) desktop background is light enough:
    Change the Text Color for Desktop Icons | PCWorld
    Dark background(s) result in white text automatically.

    Start screen is simple:
    Click image for larger version
    By default, Metro icons are black-white where possible.

    Optional: Use OblyTile with extra tiles if you have enough patience here.


    Further optional enhancements below,
    We try to keep it as parametric as possible (non destructive: add files but not modifying any existing system files).

    -use custom icon for folder:
    Folder Icon - Change Windows 7 Default Folder Icon - Windows 7 Help Forums
    Very useful because this one is used on every folder in Explorer, thanks to Shawn by the way.

    An example for this below, folder-red:
    Click image for larger version
    * a zip is provided and contains the ico standalone and as resource dll.

    See also: Red Windows 7 Folders by Drawder on deviantART

    -use dark/red mouse pointer:
    Custom Cursors
    or many others like at: Open Cursor Library - 50549 cursors

    Regards,
    Hopachi
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  8. #18


    Posts : 279
    64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro


    Is this one of Mr.Grims themes?
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  9. #19


    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Tews View Post
    Is this one of Mr.Grims themes?
    Nope.
    It's just a self-made modded High Contrast version (see first posts).

    I also like Mr.Grims stuff but I've stopped modifying the system dlls a while ago. Keep it clean.
    His icons are always welcome for any dark themes.

    The High Contrast theme is built-in but I guess we could always use some extra variation besides black and white.
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  10. #20


    Posts : 64
    Windows 8 Pro x64 With Media Center/Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 x86 >>Dual Boot<<


    your hc-midnight blue theme messed up my system.can't even select any options by dragging mouse to any corners.also all options were mixing up.it's a buggy theme,plz delete it.see screenshot >>
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails hc-midnight-blue buggy theme.jpg  
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