How to change FileExplorer(windows explorer)background to Grey

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  1.    25 Aug 2016 #31

    Hi, if you have a look at, say, Wordpad, I can change its background (and hence many other areas) - in that sense dealing with explorer using Qttabbar filled in the gap.

    I use the well-known registry mod. (required since MS removed the relevant dialogue box present in Win 7). However, that colour is lost on resume from Sleep/Hibernation... but from Win 8 on I have used a trick I developed to deal with that.

    I don't use MS Office, but I seem to recall you need to use a setting within Word to change its background.

    So there can be 3 things to do:
    - the registry hack + a fix to keep colours on resuming
    - Qttabbar - explorer related windows incl Control Panel
    - Specific program options

    I also use Redshift GUI which I found works better than F.lux to soften colours for night-time use.
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    Windows 10 Anniversary
       25 Aug 2016 #32

    Thank you dalchina for your reply, however how I said the "registry hack" doesn´t work in my Windows 10 PRO Anniversay, nothing happens
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  3.    25 Aug 2016 #33

    I know you said that. Are we talking about the same one?
    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"
    There's mine for a pale yellow- it works for me.
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    Could you post yours?
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    Windows 10 Anniversary
       25 Aug 2016 #34

    dalsina, I reboot and then try again and it worked :)

    Also I have discovered a way to avoid the colores return to default after reboot: you must go to "Local Policy Editor" or something like that (sorry my Windows is in spanish) then go to User Configuration/Control Panel/Personalization then look for this entries and change to "enable":
    - Prevent changing color scheme (or something like that)
    - Prevent changing theme (or something like that)
    - Prevent changing color and personalization (or something like that)
    Here is an image of my system with the entries with a red dot.

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  5.    25 Aug 2016 #35

    Ok, good..

    My colours don't change on reboot.. no need to fiddle with gpedit. Sthg else is happening if yours do (which)?
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    Windows 10 Anniversary
       25 Aug 2016 #36

    Sorry I don´t understand the last question.
    I was able to change the colors with the registry trick, however when I turn off or reboot the colors back to default (255, 255, 255), when I did the changes in the "Local Policy Editor" the colors don´t change.
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  7.    26 Aug 2016 #37

    Sorry - 'which?' = 'which colours?' but you're clearly referring to the ones changed by the reg. hack.

    Ok, are you reapplying a theme when you reboot?

    Try this: with the changed colour applied in normal mode, restart to Safe Mode.
    I see the colour applied there too.

    This should avoid anything that overrides your setting.
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    Windows 10 Anniversary
       26 Aug 2016 #38

    No, the only thing that changed on reboot was the colors tweaked with the "registry trick" (background color of the apps like Word, Excel, etc.), however since I did the changes in the "Local Policy Editor" the colors never change again, problem solved.
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  9.    26 Aug 2016 #39

    Try sleep and resume from sleep if you would.. (wondering if your gpedit changes affect that).

    It should not be necessary to make those changes with gpedit.msc - something is changing those registry locations that isn't happening on mine. Anyway, glad you're happy with that.
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  10. Posts : 7
    Windows 10 Anniversary
       26 Aug 2016 #40

    Sleep and resume from sleep don´t change the colors.

    Thank you for your help.
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