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Way to change tile color to all one color?

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    Way to change tile color to all one color?


    I have my background set on the start screen and have the accent color set to all grey. I was wondering if anyone has found a way to change the tile color to all one color, like grey, to match my background. Right now I have this really nice pic and it is over run with what looks like a unicorn came by and farted all over my start screen. I want a nice uniform look......not a peaceful background with a bag of skittles poured on it....



    Thanks,

    Geeve

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    Gold Coast (Australia)
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    Windows 8.1 x64


    As far as I understand it, short of using Oblitile (free and rather awesome) to change tiles (some tiles aren't able to be changed via Oblitile) The color coding for icons is embedded in the icon. Since win 8 Microsoft has allowed developers to do the following:


    • Custom, full-bleed images
    • A specified background color
    • The option to show or hide the app name on the tile
    • Specified light or dark text color if you choose to show the app name


    In the .xml files


    VisualElements BackgroundColor="#FF0000" ShowNameOnSquare150x150Logo="on"
    ForegroundText="light" Square150x150Logo="Assets\150x150Logo.png"



    So in short, you would have to manipulate the code. This would seem a long and tiring process.

    As you can see by this sneak peak at my start screen, via Photoshop I have created personalized tiles for my start screen and used Oblitile to do the rest.

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    Thanks Ants! I will look at oblitile and fire the ol' Gimp up and see what I can do..

    Geeve
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    Gold Coast (Australia)
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    Windows 8.1 x64


    So you know, with oblitile, you dont have to create your own tiles, it will search your computer (I assume for .xml info) and list the apps and installed software to the right of the app. You select an app or installed software start icon, direct Oblitile to do one of the following:

    Use a custom icon (like what I did)
    Or use the default icon then allow you to change aspects of it, like "the tile background colour" like what it is you were looking for

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    Thanks again! I was just playing with it. it is still going to be really time consuming vs just telling windows I want a specific color. but good find none the less, it gives me something to do at work today. Finding icons for some of the apps is going to be a challenge, but at least it gives me option to change them....

    Geeve
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    Gold Coast (Australia)
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    Windows 8.1 x64


    I cant argue, time consuming. (lol at work comment )

    But, icons, I usually just:

    google
    term:
    icon Gimp metro png
    or
    term:
    logo Gimp metro png etc
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    I have been able to change most of my tiles to a single color using OlbyTile, however I don't really understand how to change the Microsoft Store Tiles. As you can see on the attached images, most tiles are cobalt blue except Windows Store, Application Calculator, Games, Netflix and some Weather tiles. Can I use the .xml procedure along with Gimp to make these match the others? OlbyTile won't let me change them. Appreciate any info you can give me re this. MS could have made it so much easier for the users, but they seem to choose not to. Thanks.

    Update: Because of your post, antspants, I was able to figure out what to do to get all tiles to one color. Thanks for your post. Additional screenshot now showing all blue tiles.
    Last edited by JohnBurns; 01 Apr 2014 at 06:15. Reason: Removing some screenshots
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  8. #8


    Iowa
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    Windows 7 Pro/Win 8.1 Pro


    Hi Guys

    Where is the .xml file at?

    Jerry
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    Jerry, I didn't use the xml file - just OblyTle and Paint.net (or Gimp) to make and replace the tile for each tile you want to change. Takes time but works well. OlbyTile evidently uses the xmi files but uses scripts to change them - much easier than trying to do it yourself manually. I am not technical enough to do xml....lol.
    Last edited by JohnBurns; 01 Apr 2014 at 09:46. Reason: spelling
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    Gold Coast (Australia)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bongo View Post
    Hi Guys

    Where is the .xml file at?

    Jerry
    xml is the code style (mark up language) they use to write information into the icon file which is possibly a vbs file. I'm trying to learn more about it but being an idiot I am finding it hard, sorry Jerry if I confused you.

    @ JohnBurns that looks great mate
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