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  1. Posts : 897
    windows 10 professional 64-bit, 21H2
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    I downloaded both the stable & beta version of Superfly's SMACC. However, when I clicked on the Inactive Title Bar (& inactive border) & tried to change the color, nothing happened. It said it wrote my changes to the registry, but my inactive title bar was still white. Did I do something wrong?
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  2. Posts : 35,508
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)
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  3. Posts : 897
    windows 10 professional 64-bit, 21H2
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    Thank you again, dalchina. By following your link to Change Color of Inactive Title Bar in Windows 10 (I have to learn how to insert a link with the text the way you have), I was able to modify the registry & change the inactive title bar color.

    I am using Windows 10 Pro Version 1607, (Build 14393.1066).

    Thank you also for the script & Autohotkey. In fact, seeing that may be even more important than my original problem. I've created hotkey combinations in Windows XP for starting various programs. In Windows 10, they work for awhile & then stop working unless I logout & back in. I'm hoping that I can use Autohotkey for combinations like Ctrl+Shift+i to open a folder, Ctrl+Shift+W to start Word, etc.

    You've been amazing!!!
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  4. Posts : 35,508
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)

    Glad to help. I disliked Win 8's appearance and Win 10 with all white title bars, as was the case with the first release, so you couldn't tell start from end when overlaid, was awful.

    Note that Aeroglass, if you were interested in that, is likely not to be updated for the Creator's build for several months on past form.

    User created hotkeys seem a bit hit and miss. I have 2 or 3 via Autohotkey, e.g. to launch locate32 (my instant file/folder finder). In most circumstances that's fine, but in a few the same hotkey reverts to the system default. So best to pick ones used by nothing else.
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  5. Posts : 897
    windows 10 professional 64-bit, 21H2
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    I guess I have another problem. I downloaded Autohotkey & your script. I'm trying to change the Active Title Bar color to a dark Blue (it's currently dark grey), using Superfly's SMACC's executable. When I try to change the Active Title Bar, it shows the current color as a light blue, which I don't know where it comes from. If I then choose AccentColor, it shows the dark grey. I change it to the dark blue that I want. I even add it to custom colors & click OK. Then File/Save Registry Settings changes my Title Bars to dark blue.

    However, 2 things:
    1. When I log out & back in, the Title Bar is dark grey. If I go through the same steps, the "custom color" isn't present, & I have to change it again. However, if I then go to Control Panel/Personalization/Themes, there's no unsaved theme to save. I'm not sure why it's not saving the registry changes.
    2. When I unzipped your script, there was no option in Autohotkey to edit the PalerYellow theme. Also, since my change didn't result in an option to save a new theme, I wouldn't know what to edit the theme to.

    Sorry for all the questions and thank you again.
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  6. Posts : 35,508
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)

    Hi, when you have the system looking as you want, then you save the theme, using whatever name you wish.

    You would then have to edit the script so it refers to that theme file (not mine). Obviously the script refers to my paths and names, so you'll need to change these as appropriate.

    You will also have to download and install the utility used in the script, and change the path to that on your PC in the script.

    Then compile the script, and test it.

    Only when you've got it working is it worth setting up the scheduled task.
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  7. Posts : 897
    windows 10 professional 64-bit, 21H2
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    One problem is that when I make a change, like the Title Bar Color, there is no theme to save. i.e. when I go to the Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Personalization, there is no unsaved theme for me to name. If I choose "Save theme" in the lower right corner, it doesn't save anything different. If I save an click on it, the Title Bars go back to grey. Somehow, changing various colors isn't changing my theme, so if I save, I'm saving the same theme that I started with. Maybe I just don't know how to use SMACC.

    When you say "download & install the utility used in the script", I thought that was Autohotkey, which I've already done. Is there another utility that I need? As far as I can tell, autohotkey doesn't give me an option to edit your script.
    Last edited by phrab; 22 Apr 2017 at 15:19.
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  8. Posts : 35,508
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)

    The script (ahk) is just a text file, so you can edit it in Notepad or whatever.. Autohotkey provides SciTE4AutoHotkey - a syntax sensitive editor.

    And you can run ahk files with Autohotkey installed, and compile them to an exe.

    Inspect the script and you will note it runs a freeware utility, which is what actually reapplies the theme you create.
    You will need to download that utility and install it.

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    Rt click on your unsaved theme and you can save it.
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  9. Posts : 897
    windows 10 professional 64-bit, 21H2
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    I'm sorry. I don't think I'm explaining my problem.
    1. There is no option to edit the *.ahk files. When I right click your file, this is what I see.How find all the desktop appearance items like Windows XP-ahkoptions.png There is no option to edit, so I can't inspect the script. I can't find "SciTE4AutoHotkey - a syntax sensitive editor". I don't know how to get there.
    2. I've already downloaded & installed Autohotkey. When I look for any of the *.exe files, How find all the desktop appearance items like Windows XP-autohotkeyfiles.pngthis is what I see. When I click any of the *.exe files, it simply takes me to a webpage. It tells me that I ran Autohotkey without telling it what script to run. I don't know how to create a script.
    3. When I use SMACC to try to change the Active Title Bar color, it doesn't give me an unsaved theme. I just used it again to give me a blue title bar & this is what I have under Personalization/Themes...the same as before getting a blue title bar:How find all the desktop appearance items like Windows XP-themeview.png So you see, there's nothing to save.
    4. After I get the blue title bar & save registry settings , if I log out & in, it goes back to the way it was. There's no unsaved theme. Also, when I get the blue title bar, other backgrounds change, so I really don't know what's happening.

    I appreciate your patience, but I can't follow your instructions. I've either done what you've suggested (like download Autohotkey) or can't do it (like edit your PalerYellow theme in Notepad. Could you explain in simpler steps. Thank you.
    Last edited by phrab; 22 Apr 2017 at 20:07.
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  10. Posts : 35,508
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)

    Let's make it simple. Try to do just this one thing- open the ahk file.
    This is just a text file, but not with a typical extension. So all you are trying to do is edit a text file.

    I think you are getting confused- Autohotkey executes the AHK file. It does not edit it.

    1. Open Notepad. Browse to where your ahk file is as shown. Click on the ahk file.
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    Note I have selected All files (bottom right).

    Do you see this?
    How find all the desktop appearance items like Windows XP-snap-2017-04-23-07.27.17.jpg

    All I have done is opened the AHK file in Notepad.
    You can use any text editor.

    Or: You could of course just rt click the ahk file, click Open With, and click an editor in the list.

    Here's the syntax sensitive one- I have done a search for SciTE4AutoHotkey for you

    But for you it's not worth bothering - there's only one significant line in the script, just to give me something easy to add to the task scheduler.

    Please confirm when you have succeeded with opening the AHK file with a text editor.

    Note that saving your theme is the first basic step. Once you have a theme saved, you can check it works. All the script and scheduled task does is reapply the theme automatically when resuming, else background colours (none-file explorer cases) are lost.
    Last edited by dalchina; 23 Apr 2017 at 02:18.
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