How to change FileExplorer(windows explorer)background to Grey

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  1.    21 Jul 2015 #1

    How to change FileExplorer(windows explorer)background to Grey

    Hello Tenforums community , Can we change FileExplorer (windows explorer) background from white to Grey color.
    Currently I am using windows 7 , and I it we can install third party themes. I use this theme
    It is not hard on eyes. But it do not work on windows 8 and 10.
    (For 8.1 I used and
    But both also not works on windows 10)
    I also tried regedit methods to change values of Colour and Desktop/Colours , but nothing works. Please someone help.
    We developers have to work continuously on laptop and with white background our eyes hurts.
    (Also I use Pangolin Screen brightness software to dim brightness , just in case someone want to know :).
    My current theme

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  2. wzor's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Home Insider Preview
       25 Jul 2015 #2

    I'm afraid that is currently not possible. This would not be possible without some hardcoded hacks. In Windows 8.X its possible because of the complete UXtheme engine, that is yet to get completed in terms of Windows 10. You can compare it to sauriks Cydia and Winterboard. In pre-iOS7 it was possible to change the looks of almost anything in the system, but after iOS 7 got released with the recoded UX library, Winterboard had to be rewritten and till today, its still only possible to change the icons and other small details. Nothing major.
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  3.    25 Jul 2015 #3


    this one?

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  4.    25 Jul 2015 #4

    High Contrast Theme:

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  5.    28 Nov 2015 #5

    Hello Friends, I finally found a way (theme) which give Dark theme to windows 10
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    1. Install UxStyle_0242_x86_x64_preview. and Reboot
    2. Download After Dark CC theme for windows 10 RTM (10240) ///OR/// After Dark CC theme for windows 10 November update (10586)
    (Support Developer by buying theme :))
    3.Follow instruction given in readme file and on website.

    For icon pack

    For Tabs in File Explorer
    Support Developer through Donations :)
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  6.    29 Nov 2015 #6

    Hi, I quite agree starting at glaring off-white backgrounds is hard on the eyes, and MS took away the ability to change that from Win 8 on.

    Aa really neat way to change this in explorer is to install freeware Qttabbar
    QTTabBar - QuizoApps

    This gives you full control of different regions of the explorer pane (any colour you want) as well as adding tabs and other features. Also changes the control panel.
    Some here, like me, have used it successfully. It survived the November TH2 upgrade.

    To change the background of many other windows, you can do a small registry hack, well known from Windows 8 on - maybe earlier.
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    Registry hack => e.g. Wordpad:
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  7. Posts : 7
    Windows 10 Home
       11 Dec 2015 #7


    If the registry hack you are talking about is the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Colors tweak, it's not working for me on Windows 10 Home x64. I simply change the string for Window from 255 255 255 (which is white) to 192 192 192 (which is silver), but every time Windows restarts, it changes back to 255 255 255. I'm guessing this is a theme based thing, that's why it's going back to white.

    I don't really mind folder background, I would like for background color to be changed in MS Word and Excel applications and not a document-based background which appears on a printed paper, but a Windows based tweak to show for all windows (this includes folders and Office apps) the color silver in background.

    The HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Colors tweak works fine in Windows 7, 8 and 8.1, but doesn't seem to work in Windows 10.

    Isn't there any other workaround for this?

    Sorry for having my 1st post as a request / support question, but I am new to Windows 10 and it's hard to edit documents 8 hours a day with a white background, even with 25% screen brightness.

    I also tried other themes (ie high contrast themes) but they are not really what I need, they have too much contrast. Even with changing their options and making my own, something always doesn't show correctly. Also, editing high contrast themes is a pita because for every text color change you have to save the theme with a new, different name.

    Thank you in advance.
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  8.    11 Dec 2015 #8

    Hi, the colour will be reset (I found in Win 8) on resume from sleep and hibernation. Maybe restart too now- I can't recall.

    That's normal now.

    Solution- what I did was
    a. save what I was happy with as a theme.
    b. write a small script that refreshed that theme on logon.

    If you would like to know how, please ask. It took quite a while to work out how to to that as it's not very obvious.
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  9. Posts : 7
    Windows 10 Home
       11 Dec 2015 #9

    I found a way to make Word / Excel / possibly other apps with grey background after meddling with an already created theme - the theme I liked.

    I had to go to %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Themes and copied my theme to desktop.
    There, I renamed it to something suggestive (ie customized) then right clicked on it, open with - notepad.

    Inside, I navigated to the bottom to find the exact registry entries from HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Colors.

    I changed Window from 255 255 255 to 192 192 192, saved, copied it back to the Themes folder, went to desktop - right clicked, selected personalize - themes - theme settings and chose the customized theme.

    Background changed immediately, but if you have Word / Excel / etc running, you might need to restart them.

    This worked for me, at least for Word / Excel, not for folder backgrounds. I still have to look into that. That still remains my question. Is this possible for folder backgrounds too?

    I will meddle some more when I have time and post the solution if I can find one.
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  10.    11 Dec 2015 #10

    The registry entry method applies to many backgrounds and fields, and is one I would recommend.

    It does not apply to explorer or control panel.

    For those as discussed previously if I recall you can use QTTABBAR (Quizo's version, free) which allows you to customise different panes individually.
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