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(Desktop) Change Inactive Window Colour

  1. #1


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    Windows 8

    (Desktop) Change Inactive Window Colour


    Afternoon,

    Does anyone know if it is possible to change the Inactive Window Colour? What I mean by that is when a window is not selected, the colour changes to that grey.. See the image below where the left window is inactive and the right active..

    Click image for larger version

    I have tried playing in the registry (Current User / Control Panel / Colours) But have not had any luck..

    Any help appreciated.

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  2. #2


    Posts : 1
    Windows 7 and Windows 8


    Bumping, I have the exact same question and would like to see this answered.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-Bit, Ubuntu 13.04 64-Bit


    I'd like to see this get affected by the 'window color' property as well. Lighter or darker version of the color, doesn't matter. Just hate that it goes white.
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    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    Well, I'm looking for the same stuff myself and didn't found anything anywhere yet.
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    I also don't like it.
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  6. #6


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8 Professional


    The only way to do this is through the registry:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Colors
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\Colors
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\WindowMetrics

    Unfortunately these are in hex values and you'll have to reboot to make the changes.

    The good news is the Registry keys are the same in Windows 7 and 8. So you can customize the advanced appearance settings in 7 and open the Registry Editor and make a back-up of the above mentioned registry keys. You can do this by right-clicking on each key and selectExport option. This will create .REG files. Import these .REG files into Windows 8 Registry Editor and restart Windows 8 desktop.
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    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by roban View Post
    The only way to do this is through the registry:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Colors
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\Colors
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\WindowMetrics

    Unfortunately these are in hex values and you'll have to reboot to make the changes.

    The good news is the Registry keys are the same in Windows 7 and 8. So you can customize the advanced appearance settings in 7 and open the Registry Editor and make a back-up of the above mentioned registry keys. You can do this by right-clicking on each key and selectExport option. This will create .REG files. Import these .REG files into Windows 8 Registry Editor and restart Windows 8 desktop.
    Thanks for the post.

    Have you tested this yet to confirm?

    Some say that the registry entries don't change anything.
    "Control Panel\Colors" is also included in the custom *.theme file you create but doesn't change all colors (edit with notepad and see the Win7 theme file). And here they are not in hex.
    Code:
    [Control Panel\Colors]
    TitleText=255 255 255
    InactiveTitleText=255 255 255
    This works and makes the title text of a program window white. It doesn't work for Explorer windows though.

    But maybe we also need something like:
    Code:
    [Control Panel\Desktop\Colors]
    ...
    ...according to what you show in the registry there.

    To see more about the theme color options see this:
    Windows 8 Desktop UI - Change Title Text Color?
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