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  1. Joined : Aug 2015
    Posts : 24
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
       20 Aug 2015 #11

    UPDATE: The method below works in general, but the windows theme reverts to the high-contrast theme if you launch Task Manager (Ctrl+Alt+Del) or initiate the sleep/standby mode. Perhaps, someone can solve these problems. The intended theme gets restored after you log off and log in again.


    It is possible to set the background color to gray in Windows Explorer and in other programs (Word, Notepad, etc.) without any serious hacking. The method involves only the control panel and editing the registry.

    I have 64-bit Windows 10 Home. This method also works for Windows 8.1.

    1) Go to Control Panel, select "Personalization" and "Theme" ->
    Edit theme -> select the first (leftmost) high-contrast theme at the bottom.
    Now all backgrounds turned black and text color yellow. We will fix that in a moment.

    Change the desktop wallpaper to your previous settings by selecting the option "Background" in the left panel (perhaps you had a slideshow or whatever).

    2) Hold down the Windows Key and press the R key
    type regedit
    press Enter
    Click "OK" when you see a warning

    3) Edit the registry at HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Colors

    "Window"="170 170 170"
    "WindowText"="0 100 0"

    (the above colors are gray and dark green, in that order; you can set the text color to some other dark color instead of dark green, but you shouldn't set it to black because some system and Office messages will become invisible against the black background of the high-contrast Windows theme)

    4) Edit the registry at HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Themes\DefaultColors\HighContrast

    "Window"=dword:00999999
    "WindowText"=dword:00006400

    (the above colors are gray and dark green, in that order, all in hexadecimal format)

    5) Reboot. All done.

    6) To restore this theme after a sleep or standby period, log off the current user and log in again.

    Now you will have a nice gray background color in most program windows such as Word, Notepad, simple webpages, etc. The background is also gray in Windows Explorer. If you try the above method under a standard Windows theme (not a contrast theme), then the background color will be white in Windows Exporer and gray in most other programs such as Word or Notepad (in this case, at step 4 above, you will need to edit the registry folder Standard instead of HighContrast because you are using a Standard theme). You can use black as text color under the standard Windows themes.


    THIRD PARTY SOFTWARE:

    Do not use third-party software to change the background color in Windows Exporer because these software packages are buggy or make Windows unstable. I tried software applications called WindowBlinds and Xplorer2, which allow you to use various background colors or patterns in Windows Explorer (actually, Xplorer2 is a replacement for Windows Explorer). Both are shareware.

    I do not recommend these applications and suggest that you stick with the above solution. The detailed explanation is as follows:

    WindowBlinds: Currently, WindowBlinds is not compatible with Windows 10 (August 2015). It seriously messes with Windows system processes and destabilizes Windows 8.1 64-bit (which I used to have). For example, the WindowBlinds executable process is by default set to the highest priority ("real time," same as the "NT Kernel & System" process), which is an extremely risky strategy. My work involves serious multitasking, and with WindowBlinds, my computer crashes every other day (either freezes or throws a blue screen event). It should be noted that I have a pretty powerful PC: 8 GB of RAM, a big SSD system drive, and Intel Core i7-3770 CPU. Under 64-bit Windows 8.1, I have never experienced a system crash either before or after I tried WindowBlinds (well, not never, but once or twice in several years).

    Xplorer2: It is advertised as a replacement for Windows Explorer. This option is better than WindowBlinds because it does not affect stability of the operating system. Nonetheless, Xplorer2 crashes every few days (for example, when I launch the Control Panel) and has to be restarted (and the executable process has to be terminated using the Task Manager). This is tolerable but a bit annoying. Another reason I wanted to test Xplorer2 is that the search option in Windows Explorer fails to find files when your search term is inside a file name (not at the beginning). Eventually, I figured out that you need to insert an asterisk before a search term, if you want to search inside file names in Windows Explorer.
    Last edited by Nik; 21 Aug 2015 at 11:09.
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  2. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 41
    windows 10
       24 Aug 2015 #12

    Nik said: View Post
    UPDATE: The method below works in general, but the windows theme reverts to the high-contrast theme if you launch Task Manager (Ctrl+Alt+Del) or initiate the sleep/standby mode. Perhaps, someone can solve these problems. The intended theme gets restored after you log off and log in again.


    It is possible to set the background color to gray in Windows Explorer and in other programs (Word, Notepad, etc.) without any serious hacking. The method involves only the control panel and editing the registry.

    I have 64-bit Windows 10 Home. This method also works for Windows 8.1.

    1) Go to Control Panel, select "Personalization" and "Theme" ->
    Edit theme -> select the first (leftmost) high-contrast theme at the bottom.
    Now all backgrounds turned black and text color yellow. We will fix that in a moment.

    Change the desktop wallpaper to your previous settings by selecting the option "Background" in the left panel (perhaps you had a slideshow or whatever).

    2) Hold down the Windows Key and press the R key
    type regedit
    press Enter
    Click "OK" when you see a warning

    3) Edit the registry at HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Colors

    "Window"="170 170 170"
    "WindowText"="0 100 0"

    (the above colors are gray and dark green, in that order; you can set the text color to some other dark color instead of dark green, but you shouldn't set it to black because some system and Office messages will become invisible against the black background of the high-contrast Windows theme)

    4) Edit the registry at HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Themes\DefaultColors\HighContrast

    "Window"=dword:00999999
    "WindowText"=dword:00006400

    (the above colors are gray and dark green, in that order, all in hexadecimal format)

    5) Reboot. All done.

    6) To restore this theme after a sleep or standby period, log off the current user and log in again.

    Now you will have a nice gray background color in most program windows such as Word, Notepad, simple webpages, etc. The background is also gray in Windows Explorer. If you try the above method under a standard Windows theme (not a contrast theme), then the background color will be white in Windows Exporer and gray in most other programs such as Word or Notepad (in this case, at step 4 above, you will need to edit the registry folder Standard instead of HighContrast because you are using a Standard theme). You can use black as text color under the standard Windows themes.


    THIRD PARTY SOFTWARE:

    Do not use third-party software to change the background color in Windows Exporer because these software packages are buggy or make Windows unstable. I tried software applications called WindowBlinds and Xplorer2, which allow you to use various background colors or patterns in Windows Explorer (actually, Xplorer2 is a replacement for Windows Explorer). Both are shareware.

    I do not recommend these applications and suggest that you stick with the above solution. The detailed explanation is as follows:

    WindowBlinds: Currently, WindowBlinds is not compatible with Windows 10 (August 2015). It seriously messes with Windows system processes and destabilizes Windows 8.1 64-bit (which I used to have). For example, the WindowBlinds executable process is by default set to the highest priority ("real time," same as the "NT Kernel & System" process), which is an extremely risky strategy. My work involves serious multitasking, and with WindowBlinds, my computer crashes every other day (either freezes or throws a blue screen event). It should be noted that I have a pretty powerful PC: 8 GB of RAM, a big SSD system drive, and Intel Core i7-3770 CPU. Under 64-bit Windows 8.1, I have never experienced a system crash either before or after I tried WindowBlinds (well, not never, but once or twice in several years).

    Xplorer2: It is advertised as a replacement for Windows Explorer. This option is better than WindowBlinds because it does not affect stability of the operating system. Nonetheless, Xplorer2 crashes every few days (for example, when I launch the Control Panel) and has to be restarted (and the executable process has to be terminated using the Task Manager). This is tolerable but a bit annoying. Another reason I wanted to test Xplorer2 is that the search option in Windows Explorer fails to find files when your search term is inside a file name (not at the beginning). Eventually, I figured out that you need to insert an asterisk before a search term, if you want to search inside file names in Windows Explorer.
    Thank you Do you any good alternative to explorer with gray background or Can we change its background to gray.
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  3. Joined : Aug 2015
    Posts : 24
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
       24 Aug 2015 #13

    Aabhi021290 said: View Post
    Thank you Do you any good alternative to explorer with gray background or Can we change its background to gray.
    No Unfortunately, I could not find anything simple. As mentioned in my post, WindowBlinds and Xplorer2 allow you to use various colors in windows explorer, but they are buggy and I do not recommend them.

    What I find satisfactory for myself:

    I ignore the bright white color of the windows explorer and usually make its window relatively small. I use the easy hacks described below to create a gray background in other programs such as Notepad and Microsoft Office (Word, Excell, etc.). I reduced the brightness of my monitor to the minimum. Because I work in Word most of my waking ours, I would probably go blind without a gray background in Word.

    Here goes:
    This solution allows you to permanently set the background color in most programs (Notepad, Word, etc.) to gray and possibly to other colors, EXCEPT for Windows Explorer, where the background will stay white. I am assuming that you are not using a contrast theme of Windows.
    1) Hold down the Windows Key and press the R key
    type regedit
    press Enter
    Click "OK" when you see a warning

    2) Edit the registry in the folder HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Colors

    "Window"="170 170 170"

    3) Edit the registry at HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Themes\DefaultColors\Standard

    "Window"=00999999

    (hexadecimal format)
    4) Close the registry editor and press Ctrl+Alt+Del to initiate the theme. Close the Task Manager.
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  4. Joined : Jan 2015
    UK, Midlands
    Posts : 6,569
    Win 10 Pro (1607)
       31 Aug 2015 #14

    Hi, there are plenty of free/commercial file explorer replacements, but even replacing explorer as default means you will come across either file browsing dialogues from some programs, and explorer itself on occasion, which have white backgrounds. By using a 3rd party explorer program as default and the registry hack to change many dialogue backgrounds you can much reduce this.

    Note the theme you are happy with needs to be saved, so that you can run a script to refresh it when resuming from hibernation, else you are back to that blinding almost white again!

    (Yes, there's a way of running a script as a scheduled task on resume...)
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  5. Joined : Sep 2015
    Posts : 100
    windows 10 pro X64 1607
       12 Sep 2015 #15

    Hi all

    QTTabBar - QuizoApps

    One of the best third party is last version , not only it adds useful tabs , pic & videos thumbnails previews , folders cascading menus from any drive - launch apps from mouse on desktop folder but you can choose a custom color for your explorer background and believe me it is rock solid

    windows 10 pro build 10240 . x64

    it's now a must have extension and no way to work without daily .

    incredible piece of software and best of all freeware . I gave some donation to the author as he really desserves it to make such thing missing in windows !

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  6. Joined : Jan 2015
    UK, Midlands
    Posts : 6,569
    Win 10 Pro (1607)
       12 Sep 2015 #16

    Thanks mykou- I'd not tried Quizo's fork of Qttabbar - looks very good. I'd tried another version, but found it somewhat erratic. I certainly hadn't discovered it allows this level of customisation.

    Click image for larger version. 

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    (The extra buttons in the title bar are from Filebox extender)
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  7. Joined : Aug 2015
    Posts : 6
    windows 10
       13 Sep 2015 #17

    The simplest way I have found so far is to use high contrast theme
    Solved Windows 10 Themes created by Ten Forums members - Page 31 - Windows 10 Forums
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  8. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 41
    windows 10
       14 Sep 2015 #18

    dalchina said: View Post
    Thanks mykou- I'd not tried Quizo's fork of Qttabbar - looks very good. I'd tried another version, but found it somewhat erratic. I certainly hadn't discovered it allows this level of customisation.

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    (The extra buttons in the title bar are from Filebox extender)
    Thank you all of you, I tried qttabbar latest version and this is the result (for me it is in beta )
    Now only the colunm header and ribbon remains
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  9. Joined : Sep 2015
    Posts : 100
    windows 10 pro X64 1607
       16 Sep 2015 #19

    Hi Aabhi

    Just curious how you get your tabs in windows explorer to locate above the folder view panel ?? ( I mean tabs not opening from the left side )

    I'd like to do the same ^^

    maybe did I missed something in QTTABS options ?

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  10. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 41
    windows 10
       22 Sep 2015 #20

    mykou said: View Post
    Hi Aabhi

    Just curious how you get your tabs in windows explorer to locate above the folder view panel ?? ( I mean tabs not opening from the left side )

    I'd like to do the same ^^

    maybe did I missed something in QTTABS options ?

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    Reply me if these pics doesnt help
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