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How to change the background color of Windows 8 Explorer

  1. #1


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8

    How to change the background color of Windows 8 Explorer


    Hello,

    I am facing a couple of problems

    (1) I want to change the background color of the Explorer. I am using Windows 8.

    I have opened "regedit" --> Control Panel --> Colors.

    I am unable to understand which value of DWORD to set in and which one to change. I want to change the color of the explorer to grey so that it does no hurt my eye. Please guide me with the exact value.

    (2) I want to change the brightness of Windows 8. I am using Acer Aspire E1- 510. Earlier I have questioned, but I was asked to download some driver and update. But it is not happening. I am not very good in hardware settings etc. In "regedit" is it possible to edit anything and decrease the OVERALL BRIGHTNESS OF THE LAPTOP?. If so please guide me.

    Thanks a lot.

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  2. #2


    The Deep South
    Posts : 463
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit


    Hi mynameisshounak and welcome to Eight Forums,

    1) This link may prove to be helpful. How To Change The Windows 8 Background Colour

    2) Why can't you adjust the brightness?

    Hope the link helped,
    -Chuck
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  3. #3


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


    The only way I know how to change Explorer backgrounds is with WindowBlinds.

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    Mine is olive green right now----

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  4. #4


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8


    Hello Chuck,

    Changing the DWORD value to 200 200 200 it is changing the color of regedit window. What I am looking is the WHITE background color of the window which loads be default. While clicking on MyComputer --> Open, the white background that opens. After restarting it has become grey but the regedit window only not the Windows8 Explorer.

    Kindly guide.
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  5. #5


    The Deep South
    Posts : 463
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit


    Oh, sorry about that. I will look into it a little more, meanwhile, have you tried Mr. Bailey's suggestion?

    -Chuck
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  6. #6


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


    Keep in mind, WindowBlinds isn't free & it is complicated.
    They have a forum if you need help with it if you do try it.
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  7. #7


    The Deep South
    Posts : 463
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit


    Can't you get it free from Cnet? WindowBlinds - Free download and software reviews - CNET Download.com

    I have not tested this download, so you may want to wait till someone can. Right now I'm on my iPad, so I really can't test the download.

    -Chuck
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  8. #8


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


    Free 30 day trial.

    $9.99 to buy---

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  9. #9


    Posts : 1,720
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    You could invert contrast on the fly, as an option, pressing left Alt + left Shift + PrtScn

    EDIT: You'll need to check mark this setting though:

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  10. #10


    Posts : 14
    Windows 8.1 64-bit


    I experienced the same issue, which is fine because I also want a grey background for other apps. It's just that I can't find the registry entries for the color background of the file explorer main and tree windows.

    I notice that in some sites which offer Win 8 skins this is possible.
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