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Windows 8 Desktop UI - Change Title Text Color?

  1. #41


    Posts : 301
    Windows 8 Pro


    I tried Hopachi's:

    Code:
    [Control Panel\Colors] 
    TitleText=255 255 255 
    InactiveTitleText=255 255 255
    and it worked as designed. I also tried the following and every time I put the PC to sleep, it changes back to the original colors:
    Code:
    [Control Panel\Colors] 
    Hilight=255 0 0
    why? thanks....

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  2. #42


    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by rdwray View Post
    I also tried the following and every time I put the PC to sleep, it changes back to the original colors:
    Code:
    [Control Panel\Colors] 
    Hilight=255 0 0
    why? thanks....
    Can you describe what it changes? I don't see it working at all here.
    Thanks.
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  3. #43


    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Hopachi View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by rdwray View Post
    I also tried the following and every time I put the PC to sleep, it changes back to the original colors:
    Code:
    [Control Panel\Colors] 
    Hilight=255 0 0
    why? thanks....
    Can you describe what it changes? I don't see it working at all here.
    Thanks.
    OK. Got it!

    Works in HiContrast mode only. You got red colored selected items.

    See this example in HiContrast1 but looks bad for the moment.
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  4. #44


    Posts : 301
    Windows 8 Pro


    Hopachi - I did not receive emails on your replies and I just happen to check.

    The problem I am finding with High Contrast is that it even messes with Firefox and controls the background on all websites. It looks like the only way to get control of Win 8 is through msstyles like Win 7 and I am not sure I want to dive into that again. I spent months learning and I know Win 8 is totally changed. I tried using Win 7 in Win 8 and that blew up.
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  5. #45


    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by rdwray View Post
    Hopachi - I did not receive emails on your replies and I just happen to check.

    The problem I am finding with High Contrast is that it even messes with Firefox and controls the background on all websites. It looks like the only way to get control of Win 8 is through msstyles like Win 7 and I am not sure I want to dive into that again. I spent months learning and I know Win 8 is totally changed. I tried using Win 7 in Win 8 and that blew up.
    Yes, hi-contrast looks messy. The only workaround if you use it is by setting a lighter background like the one in default theme. I already applied it to the provided theme in previous post.

    But because it looks bad, I don't use it. Most part still needs to be customized or you stick with black and white. I use normal themes and normal AeroLite themes. Unfortunately not all customizations work there so changing the "hilight" is not working in this case.
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  6. #46


    Posts : 301
    Windows 8 Pro


    One thing that I would like for MS to answer is: Why are you so protective of display colors?

    The colors they provide are so interactive that you cannot really set them for your "personal" preferences.
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  7. #47


    Posts : 1
    Windows 8 Pro


    I was kind of annoyed when I found out they removed this feature from Windows 8. It seems like a no-brainer, but I thought about the reason why. Isn't Windows 8's UI drawn with the GPU? As such, the display color view for the new Aero theme may be in a program and not in the registry/external files. I get that you can adjust the color in the high-contrast theme, or if you patch/install more themes, but I'll keep an eye out for any solutions.
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  8. #48


    Posts : 13
    Win 8 64bit


    Quote Originally Posted by darkskypoet View Post
    ...

    aerolite.msstyles ---> Apparently something familiar from Windows 7, honestly not to sure if its exactly the same as Windows 7 Aero Lite But doesn't matter for our case. The only thing that matters is that these are kept in a different repository C:\Windows\Resources\Ease of Access Themes, have boatloads of color settings defined in the .theme files and text / etc RESPONDS to these settings!!



    SO: to change the text, I found it easiest to create a new .theme file out of the color settings from one of the high contrast files, and the majority of the aero.theme file. Going through and comparing the two as I went, and rectifying anything that seemed wrong. Then, simply go through and define your color settings as you see fit.

    (NOTE: I didn't have a ready to hand windows 7 theme to grab and compare. it is possible that a favorite windows 7 theme can simply donate its color settings into a modified aero.theme or hc1,hc2,hcwhite.theme.

    If taking aero.theme ---> change aero.msstyles ref to aerolite.msstyles

    If going from hcwhite.theme file, probably a good idea to change the highcontrast=1 to highcontrast=0, and please for the love of Pete change the colors of the rest of the crap. (this seemed to be simplest)

    NOTE 2...
    I really only started working on this tonight. I was upset by the fact that I couldn't have white text. SO at this point there is one Caveat to this process. For some reason, Windows explorer (computer) windows, seem to keep their text black. However, in HCWHITE.THEME it is in fact white as it should be. I am working on this on my end, but if someone with more knowledge knows of a difference between that title text, and the other windows title text... let me know.

    Hope this helps.
    I tried the AeroLite route. In addition to Windows Explorer, the pop-up preview windows for the combined Taskbar buttons also keep their title text black and hard to read with a dark background. Any solutions yet?
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  9. #49


    Posts : 301
    Windows 8 Pro


    You can forget change the title bar through Windows 8 standard parameters including the registry; they will simply change back. Hacking is necessary to make any changes permanent as was in Windows 7. I have not tried in the Windows 8 but there is a lot of stuff that gives info on it.
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  10. #50


    Posts : 301
    Windows 8 Pro


    A little info on patching the uxtheme: I tried to use Safe Mode and it would not activate the display. After trying Safe Mode, I could not any longer boot to the normal desktop until I did a restore...
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