Windows 10: Any way to change the highlight colour in File Explorer?

  1.    22 Jan 2017 #1

    Any way to change the highlight colour in File Explorer?


    I've just got Windows 10, and I like a lot of things about it, including things related to the appearance. However the highlight colour in File Explorer is a light blue which is not all that different to the background colour. It's not easy to see at a glance which files are highlighted. I'd like to be able to change it to something a little more obvious.

    The two ways I've seen to do this is to either turn on the high-contrast settings, or to use a third party program. The high-contrast settings are ugly no matter what you do (as you'd expect for something created for utility rather than design), and the only third party programs I've seen force you into having specific colour schemes, rather than allowing Windows to do the "choose accent colour from desktop picture" thing which I like a lot.

    Is there any way I can change it? A registry hack, or something, or a third party bit of software which allows you to alter specific colours individually?

    Thanks.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  2.    23 Jan 2017 #2

    Hi, Qttabbar (by Quizo) gives you lots of options to change colours in various areas of explorer and explorer related dialogues e.g. the control panel.
    QTTabBar - QuizoApps

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    It adds tabs too.

    (It doesn't change the borders or icons- that's done by other means).
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  3.    23 Jan 2017 #3

    dalchina said: View Post
    Hi, Qttabbar (by Quizo) gives you lots of options to change colours in various areas of explorer and explorer related dialogues e.g. the control panel. QTTabBar - QuizoApps Click image for larger version. 

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ID:	118141 It adds tabs too. (It doesn't change the borders or icons- that's done by other means).
    That's cool, thanks. My only issue with it is that it doesn't change the appearance of File Explorer if it's accessed from within a program - so if you use the "Open File" option from within a program it still has the same highlight issue. Other than that, it's a marked improvement.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  4.    23 Jan 2017 #4

    To colour other areas you need to do a widely-known regedit,
    E.g.
    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Colors]
    "Window"="250 250 177"

    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\Colors]
    "Window"="250 250 177"

    or use this tool provided by @Superfly of this forum:
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    - which appears to include the highlight colour -
    to substitute for some of the dialogue that used to be available in Win 7.

    S.M.A.C.C - Superfly's Mouse Assisted Color Chooser

    Whether a particular Open/save dialogue background is coloured appears to vary with the implementation. I have some whose background is coloured, and an increasing number that aren't - maybe another loophole MS is closing off in a quest to impose uniformity? Not every open/save dialogue is the same or implemented to the same rules.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  5.    23 Jan 2017 #5

    Thanks also, dalchina. I like both programs, but neither seems completely glitch-free. I can't change the highlight colour in File Explorer with either, but I can change the background to make it more visible. The problem is that not everything adheres to this it seems so, for example, the menu on the left of Thunderbird where you select inbox, sent, etc, now has white text on a white background.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  6.    23 Jan 2017 #6

    You can't win totally. Some programs are written with a fixed appearance with no flexibility. Not all adhere to the same standards. For example, some - typically multimedia programs- don't have a standard border.

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    Thunderbird- the area you refer to is top left (also whitish). Note where the reg edit I used changed areas to the pale yellow I chose.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  7.    23 Jan 2017 #7

    I have been down this road many times and concluded that 10 has issues when it comes to remembering what color setting is set. Then when a it looses a certain color just reboot and it is back.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  8.    23 Jan 2017 #8

    I resolved that mostly by refreshing the theme (which I'd saved with the adapted colour) on resuming via a scheduled task. The background colour is lost on resume from sleep/hibernation unless you do that. (Not the most straightforward of things to achieve).
      My ComputerSystem Spec


 

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