How To Change "Window Color and Appearance" In Win 10


  1. Posts : 30
    Win10 Pro 22H2
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    How To Change "Window Color and Appearance" In Win 10


    In Win 7 I changed the color of all open folders, Control panel items, Caption Buttons, Message Box, Application Background etc. to blue through Control Panel -> Personalization -> Window Color. I can't find how to do that in Win 10. I was able to change the desktop picture but that's not part of this. Randomly playing around I found where the title bar can be changed but not to change the colors for open folders, messages etc. to get away from the very annoying, harsh white everything.
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  2. Posts : 16,926
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 22H2 Build 19045.4170
       #2

    TenForums tutorials identify many of these changeable items.

    And a tool for doing many of them is linked to in
    #6 incl download link - TenForums
    illustration #4 - TenForums


    Denis
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  3. Posts : 6,828
    22H2 64 Bit Pro
       #3

    NewW10user said:
    to get away from the very annoying, harsh white everything.
    FYI: Adjust Gamma.

    How to reduce laptop brightness below minimum?
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  4. Posts : 30
    Win10 Pro 22H2
    Thread Starter
       #4

    Tried following that first tutorial but regardless of trying a few times to set colors in high contrast just keep getting black background. Will just deal with annoying white.

    Also can see only part of that right column in "Index", even when reducing screen zoom size.
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  5. Posts : 42,943
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)
       #5

    How To Change "Window Color and Appearance" In Win 10-1.jpg

    a. Qttabbar for explorer-related backgrounds by Quizo (free). It allows you to change those and provides many more features too.
    File explorer is different. Can't be done via the registry.
    QTTabBar - QuizoApps

    b. Standard backgrounds e.g. Wordpad
    Via any one of e.g.
    - a standard published registry hack
    - Winpaletter (free)
    - SMACC (free)

    Winaero's excellent free tweaker offers some changes too, from title bars to the Aerolite theme built in to Windows.
    Full description from its GUI. (The Aerolite theme is also described in a tenforums tutorial, as are titlebar colours)
    How To Change "Window Color and Appearance" In Win 10-1.jpg

    Note: the 'Advanced Appearance Dialogue' you may be used to in Win 7 disappeared in Win 8.

    Note 2: Qttabbar appearance options:
    How To Change "Window Color and Appearance" In Win 10-1.jpg

    Note 3: I've used Stardock's Curtains for window frames choosing a theme offering slightly rounded corners and limited transparency, (You can create your own too). N.B totally different from WindowBlinds and much less invasive.
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