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White text for app titlebar?

  1. #1

    White text for app titlebar?


    So, I customized my Windows 8 to have a dark blue title bar, as you can see from the screenshot.

    However, due to some stupidity, there's no way to change the text color, and it will always be black (even if you make the bar black!)

    Click image for larger version

    I seem to recall some discussion about hacks to let you change it to white like Windows 7 would... now that 8.1 is out, has anyone gotten this to work? I can't install things on my RT 8.1 tablet so it would have to be a registry thing.

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    Orbiting the Moon
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    Windows 10 x64


    Save the theme for sharing, extract the *.theme file and edit it.
    YourTheme.deskthemepack -> YourTheme.theme, add the following:
    Code:
    [Control Panel\Colors]
    TitleText=255 255 255
    InactiveTitleText=255 255 255
    Look here for details:
    Windows 8 Desktop UI - Change Title Text Color?

    Important:
    With the given settings above, the File Explorer titles cannot be changed only those of other programs if you use a standard Aero theme.
    For the changes to take effect globally you'll need to use a high contrast theme.
    Other examples:
    Special Themes (AeroLite and High Contrast variations)
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    So basically there's no way to do it using the standard Aero theme?

    That seems like such a stupid "feature". Windows 7 automatically put a lighter color behind the window title so you were able to read it. 8 doesn't.
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    Orbiting the Moon
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    Windows 10 x64


    No for Aero, partially for AeroLite and yes for High Contrast.

    Windows 7 used a shadow/highlight more like a light glow behind the text to make it visible. W8 doesn't have that anymore... such a pain on dark colors...

    The last (good) resort it to bring the glow back by using the Windows 8 Release Preview Aero Theme that was the last one containing the glow feature:
    Windows 8 Release Preview theme for Windows 8 RTM | Winaero
    To give it a try, place the extracted files in "%windir%\Resources\Themes"

    It's an official theme because it works without patching system files. I didn't tested it in Windows 8.1 yet but it works directly in 8.0.
    Last edited by Hopachi; 30 Oct 2013 at 15:48.
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    Hm, worth looking into then. I'll mess around with it and let you know if it works in RT 8.1.
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    Orbiting the Moon
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    Windows 10 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Hopachi View Post
    Windows 8 Release Preview theme for Windows 8 RTM | Winaero
    To give it a try, place the extracted files in "%windir%\Resources\Themes"

    ...I didn't tested it in Windows 8.1 yet but it works directly in 8.0.
    Yes, It works on 8.1, just tested:

    Click image for larger version

    Text is still black, but it's readable on any background.

    Cheers!
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    The only annoying thing about this is that now the taskbar is radically different looking than the title bar. With the normal theme they are the same color.
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    Orbiting the Moon
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    Windows 10 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by drfsupercenter View Post
    The only annoying thing about this is that now the taskbar is radically different looking than the title bar. With the normal theme they are the same color.
    It matches with the glow part, but the transparency is mostly to blame here. There is no decent tweak available to disable the taskbar transparency when using Aero at the moment. For the rest it looks just like it was designed...

    Both themes have their pluses and mins. So far for the official fixes, if you need to go further than this, use third-party customization themes but I'm not gonna cover those here.
    You decide what to use next.

    Regards,
    Hopachi
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    Orbiting the Moon
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    Windows 10 x64


    I've used the RP theme on 8.1 for a day now so here is a 'review':

    Hate to be the first to report some bad news about the RP Theme, but on Windows 8.1's taskbar, when you right click an item, to pin stuff or browse the recent file list (for instance in Explorer), the UI will look messy and display misplaced large icons and bad color backgrounds. Second thing: The Explorer window gets an expected title glow but the rest of programs (like music player, notepad...) doesn't so the title is still 'not-visible' black. That describes all I've seen so far.

    I'm on x64 and maybe others get different results, maybe? But it's pretty much settled by now.
    I'm not on the 8.1 machine to post a screenshot but the conclusion is that the RP theme isn't 100% compatible with Windows 8.1, it is fully compatible with 8.0 only.

    Background info:

    *Windows 8 RP Theme

    ->From 32bit RP ISO build 6.2.8400 or found on WinAero
    -32bit msstyles version, runs on 32bit and 64bit Windows

    ->From 64bit RP ISO build 6.2.8400
    -64bit msstyles version, runs only on 64bit Windows

    Too bad... I believe 64bit or 32bit will not make any difference here so the theme has glitches on Windows 8.1.
    Last edited by Hopachi; 31 Oct 2013 at 15:18.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    I know this thread is long abandoned, but just in case somebody googles and comes across this one, but not the newer one:
    I've posted my solution here: Windows 8 Desktop UI - Change Title Text Color?
    And this is how it looks on my system:
    Click image for larger version
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