(Desktop) Change Inactive Window Colour

chessdragon136

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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..

Inactive.png

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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Nycrea

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Bumping, I have the exact same question and would like to see this answered.
 

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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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Well, I'm looking for the same stuff myself and didn't found anything anywhere yet.
 

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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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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:
http://www.eightforums.com/customiz...-ui-change-title-text-color-4.html#post152178
 

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