Windows 10: How to Adjust Desktop Element's Colors in Dark Theme?


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       10 Jun 2015 #1

    How to Adjust Desktop Element's Colors in Dark Theme?


    I enabled the dark theme and I really like the way it looks. I'm just trying to tweak it to my own preferences. I found 2 places in the registry where I thought the adjustments would work, but they have no effect. The second folder is just above the seleced folder at .../colors.

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       11 Jun 2015 #2

    For example, the "active" green border color around my settings window clashes with the rest of my theme. Does anyone know how to set the color on elements like this?

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       11 Jun 2015 #3

    Stevo said: View Post
    For example, the "active" green border color around my settings window clashes with the rest of my theme. Does anyone know how to set the color on elements like this?
    Get a 'snippet' of a color you want, open it in Paint, make a full size png of it and save.
    Open the png with Photo Viewer,
    Open Color and Appearance by pasting rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL desk.cpl,Advanced,@Advanced into a Run box,
    then put those and some other windows all on the screen, (and keep opening Start)
    then start fiddling with color mixer til you get it right. It's a bit tricky but you'll get it.
    (The taskbar will always be a couple shades darker unless you apply 'Taskbar Color Override' Reg hack)

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       12 Jun 2015 #4

    Wow, thanks, that's way easier than searching around in the registry.
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       12 Jun 2015 #5

    Stevo said: View Post
    Wow, thanks, that's way easier than searching around in the registry.
    Roger that! No probs.
    Tune in to Saturday Chat, (if you're eligible), I may go into it a little more in depth if given the opportunity.
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       14 Jun 2015 #6

    It turns out that it kind of fixed it. The color mixer is awesome for fine tuning the exact color I wanted. To bad the menu didn't include translucency too, but I tweaked the darkness and saturation to get close to the desired effect. The active green border above did change, but only the top border changed and the other 3 borders turned pink, lol. The inactive border color is now white on the same 3 sides, and the top also changed to the color selected in the color chooser. The good news is, the pink matches my background better than the green
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