Desktop Icon Color Change - Accessibility Option

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  1. Posts : 2
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
       #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.
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    DJG
    Posts : 359
    Windows 10 Pro x64 21H1 19043.1055
       #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.
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  3. Posts : 1
    windows 10
       #3

    Wow, DJG what an elegant solution - worked like a charm, no changing registries etc.
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  4. Posts : 1
    Windows 10 Pro 64
       #4

    DJG, you da man!
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  5. DJG's Avatar
    DJG
    Posts : 359
    Windows 10 Pro x64 21H1 19043.1055
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    AnneThackeray said:
    Wow, DJG what an elegant solution - worked like a charm, no changing registries etc.
    Martin71 said:
    DJG, you da man!
    Thank you! Just a little pay forward - I certainly get a lot from this forum :)

    Happy Holidays!
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  6. Posts : 10
    Windows 10
       #6

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

    Thanks.
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  7. Posts : 1
    Windows 10 64-bit
       #7

    Thanks...


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

    Totally joined this forum just to be able to tell you that.
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  8. Posts : 2
    Windows 10
       #8

    DJG said:
    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.
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  9. MIKLO's Avatar
    Posts : 10
    Win 10 X64 Home
       #9

    Very cool thanks so much I been messing with this for some time so I really appreciate very much. I know this is an old thread but it is exactly what I needed to fix this problem, when someone shares what probably to them some time to figure out that's very cool so thanks again dude. :)
    MIKLO
    DJG said:
    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.
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  10. DJG's Avatar
    DJG
    Posts : 359
    Windows 10 Pro x64 21H1 19043.1055
       #10

    Glad I helped, all, I've gotten so much from this forum it's nice to give something back for a change. :)
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