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Change windows border colour after selecting High Contrast

  1. #1


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    Change windows border colour after selecting High Contrast


    Hi all,

    1) Want to make windows look like borderless (circled).

    2) Taskbar colour to black (arrow).

    Currently cant find the selection for both colour.

    Is there a way to change it in High Contrast colour?

    Any suggestion is appreciated.
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  2. #2


    Welcome to Windows EightForums, davidroger.

    You may want to look at this tutorial by Brink:

    Window Color and Appearance - Change in Windows 8
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    Windows 8.1 Pro
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    windows 8


    Thank you for both reply.

    Been searching for other tutorial in this forum.

    However doesnt found what can change the outer line colour of the border. Want to change to black colour.

    When you zoom in the picture you know what I mean.

    Hopefully someone have done this one before.
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  5. #5


    You're welcome. 8/8.1 are limited with themes and customization. You may have to perform Registry tweaks or look into 3rd party.

    Good luck.
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    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by davidroger View Post
    Thank you for both reply.

    Been searching for other tutorial in this forum.

    However doesnt found what can change the outer line colour of the border. Want to change to black colour.

    When you zoom in the picture you know what I mean.

    Hopefully someone have done this one before.
    Hello,

    The picture is not zoomable but I believe you want a borderless window?

    Check the different high contrast themes here:
    Special Themes (AeroLite and High Contrast variations)

    In case of a black border, you'll need to open one hc theme up in notepad to check, or if you already know the options, add the following lines to your own HC theme:
    Code:
    [Control Panel\Colors]
    WindowFrame=0 0 0
    ActiveBorder=0 0 0
    InactiveBorder=30 30 30
    I'm not sure all 3 lines are needed or if all of them are effective but it should work since I have many HC themes in different colors with different border colors as well.

    Good luck.
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    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    That's an interesting color difference between window and taskbar:
    Click image for larger version

    If I see it correctly, in one of my screenshots, the inactive window window menu has the same color as the taskbar:
    Click image for larger version

    The color is used everywhere so maybe it's not the best example after all.

    this is it:
    Click image for larger version


    In the end, we are able to customize a lot of element colors in High Contrast compared to plain Aero.

    Note that WindowMetrics from XP or Win7 classic themes can be included in Win8 HC as well, I use some of those to fix Firefox window which gets rendered pretty old-fashioned but in bad color.
    Example of extra metrics:
    Code:
    [Control Panel\Desktop\WindowMetrics]
    ;nothing here (yet)
    
    
    [Metrics]
    ;but a lot here:
    IconMetrics=76 0 0 0 92 0 0 0 92 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 245 255 255 255 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 188 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 77 105 99 114 111 115 111 102 116 32 83 97 110 115 32 83 101 114 105 102 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0  
    NonclientMetrics=84 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 17 0 0 0 17 0 0 0 20 0 0 0 20 0 0 0 245 255 255 255 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 188 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 77 105 99 114 111 115 111 102 116 32 83 97 110 115 32 83 101 114 105 102 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 0 0 0 15 0 0 0 245 255 255 255 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 188 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 77 105 99 114 111 115 111 102 116 32 83 97 110 115 32 83 101 114 105 102 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 18 0 0 0 18 0 0 0 245 255 255 255 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 144 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 77 105 99 114 111 115 111 102 116 32 83 97 110 115 32 83 101 114 105 102 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 245 255 255 255 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 144 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 77 105 99 114 111 115 111 102 116 32 83 97 110 115 32 83 101 114 105 102 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 245 255 255 255 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 144 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 77 105 99 114 111 115 111 102 116 32 83 97 110 115 32 83 101 114 105 102 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Those are colors as well, just harder to distinguish, and they weren't added by hand in the first place but generated in Win XP and exported. Afterwards some slight manual modifications are well possible before copy and saving in Win8 HC theme.
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    64-bit Windows 8


    I don't know if this is exactly what you're looking for, but in high-contrast mode you can use the Windows color setup menu. I described it in this post:

    Windows 8 Desktop UI - Change Title Text Color?
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Change windows border colour after selecting High Contrast
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