Windows 10: Desktop Icon Color Change - Accessibility Option


  1. Posts : 2
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
       10 Aug 2015 #1

    Desktop Icon Color Change - Accessibility Option


    Hello tenforums, I hope you can help.

    A friend of mine who recently upgraded to Windows 10 is legally blind and is struggling with some accessibility options. Here is what we are struggling with: We need to change the font color of desktop icons to black. Certain contrasts are more visible for some impairments and in this case, a yellow background with black bold icon text is the best condition.

    What I've tried:
    • Tried high contrast theme / mode
    • Tried to modify regedit based on a suggestion for 8.1 here.


    Where I've looked:
    • Control Panel - System - Advanced System Settings - Advanced - Performance
    • Personalize - Change Desktop Icons
    • Personalize - Colors
    • Control Panel - Personalization
    • Display Settings
    • Themes - Theme Settings


    I was able to get the text black when using the white high contrast mode, but that option won't work. While it does change the icon text to black, it also takes over many other options that deliver a less than desirable contrast for the user. We originally were thinking we could start with the high contrast theme, save as another theme and then systematically roll back the changes we didn't like, leaving the black text. Does not work - when in high contrast mode it effectively locks out your ability to make certain changes.

    Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  2.    14 Aug 2015 #2

    I struggled with this for some time but I found a way. If you have the background set to picture, set it to Solid color. Chances are it's black by default. This is forcing a white font color regardless what you select for a picture. Change it to say orange, which will make the font color black. Now change the background back to picture, and you should have a black icon font color.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  3.    03 Dec 2015 #3

    Wow, DJG what an elegant solution - worked like a charm, no changing registries etc.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  4. Posts : 1
    Windows 10 Pro 64
       04 Dec 2015 #4

    DJG, you da man!
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  5.    04 Dec 2015 #5

    AnneThackeray said: View Post
    Wow, DJG what an elegant solution - worked like a charm, no changing registries etc.
    Martin71 said: View Post
    DJG, you da man!
    Thank you! Just a little pay forward - I certainly get a lot from this forum

    Happy Holidays!
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  6.    28 Mar 2016 #6

    Just came across this post and it was exactly what I needed as well !

    Thanks.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  7. Posts : 1
    Windows 10 64-bit
       29 Mar 2016 #7

    Thanks...


    Thank you, thank you, thank you DJG!!!

    Totally joined this forum just to be able to tell you that.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  8.    13 Apr 2016 #8

    DJG said: View Post
    I struggled with this for some time but I found a way. If you have the background set to picture, set it to Solid color. Chances are it's black by default. This is forcing a white font color regardless what you select for a picture. Change it to say orange, which will make the font color black. Now change the background back to picture, and you should have a black icon font color.
    WOW, Thank you I created wallpaper that has a lot o white in it and then today applies a windows 10 gold them and the desktop font color was stuck to white. Who would have though of trying the idea you had to come up with this fix.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


 

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