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  1.    15 Jan 2016 #1
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    Different coloring capabilities with different Win10 versions?


    OK, so we all know Win10's basic look is rather heavily white, and I'm finding that hard to work with. I've learned that, on my own PC, I can to go Settings> Personalization> Colors and add color to window title bars, which helps quite a lot. But that feature is much more limited on my office PC, enabling only very subtle color accents and leaving title bars white.

    These 2 PCs use Win10 Enterprise and Professional, respectively. I noticed the version/build designations are also different: 10.0.240 and 10.0.586, with the higher enabling title bar colors.

    Do we just have an earlier/inferior version at the office? I understood Win10 was structured for continuous updates so that we'd all have more or less identical features. Is this not precisely true across editions (Enterprise vs Pro)?

    I thirst for title bar coloring ability & would like to know what I'm talking about when I approach our not-always-receptive IT guy.

    Thanks for any clues.

    Mark
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  2.    16 Jan 2016 #2
    Join Date : Jan 2015
    UK, Midlands
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    Hi, to consider:
    Aerolite Theme - Install in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums

    Color and Appearance - Change in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums

    Inactive Title Bar Color - Change in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums

    ..and here's mine currently
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    - that's Kingsoft Writer and Wordpad -I've still to again find a way to make inactive title bar text clear as I had it earlier with Win 10.

    Using Aeroglass (free/cheap utility + minor hack to change background from MS off-white).
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  3.    16 Jan 2016 #3
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    64bit Win 10 Pro ver 1709 Build 16299.19

    The ability to have coloured title bars was introduced with the 10.0.586 version so that will explain why you are seeing the difference. Hopefully your enterprise edition at work will catch up with the update to the latest version but if it was only recently installed then there is a 30 day wait before the upgrade occurs.

    Have a look through the tutorials on customisation to see what is possible.
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  4.    16 Jan 2016 #4
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    However you can still colour the title bars in 10240, using the Aerolite theme or Aeroglass, and you can use registry settings (see above) and here:
    Title Bar Color - Turn On or Off in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums
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  5.    16 Jan 2016 #5
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    Thanks, I did hear about these but I've had bad luck in past OS's with Aero because my screen elements (title bar fonts, message boxes, etc.) need to be large (my eyesight's poor) and I understood that Aero severely limits these sizes, and that it's a lot of work to restore them. Is that still the case? Also, I can't cope with transparency and Aero forces that, correct?
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  6.    16 Jan 2016 #6
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    Quote Originally Posted by philc43 View Post
    The ability to have coloured title bars was introduced with the 10.0.586 version so that will explain why you are seeing the difference. Hopefully your enterprise edition at work will catch up with the update to the latest version but if it was only recently installed then there is a 30 day wait before the upgrade occurs.
    Ah thanks Phil, that's very useful info and I'd never seen it mentioned.
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  7.    16 Jan 2016 #7
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    Quote Originally Posted by mark99k View Post
    Thanks, I did hear about these but I've had bad luck in past OS's with Aero because my screen elements (title bar fonts, message boxes, etc.) need to be large (my eyesight's poor) and I understood that Aero severely limits these sizes, and that it's a lot of work to restore them. Is that still the case? Also, I can't cope with transparency and Aero forces that, correct?
    Simpler is the Aerolite theme (mentioned in this forum from early days).

    Aeroglass and Aero (e.g. Win 7) are two different but somewhat related things. With Aeroglass you don't have to have any real transparency in fact if you wish. It also changes the minimise/restore down/exit buttons (to sthg I thing preferable and adds borders here and there if wished.

    More generally you may find these settings of interest:
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    Here I've increased the titlebar size, but not the font. I don't know where that setting is offhand, never having had to use it. But note the magnification option (I've not applied the 125% scaling in that).

    I also find a non-whitish background much easier: Qttabbar by Quizo lets you colour most of explorer, and a reg hack changes many other areas and backgrounds.

    Well.. I logged off, on, and look at the title bar now:
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  8.    16 Jan 2016 #8
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    Oooh I like! Will definitely give these a look. Especially heartening to hear about added borders -- the hairline defaults make me sad. Thank you!
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  9.    16 Jan 2016 #9
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  10.    18 Jan 2016 #10
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    Dalchina, thank you so VERY much for these tips. I can finally see what I need to, drag borders without squinting, and as an unexpected bonus, edit the rather peculiar set of default colors with the mixer. (Heaven only knows why MS decided to hide that lifesaver!)
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