How many system provided color pickers are in Windows 10?

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  1. Posts : 470
    Windows 10 Pro version 21H2
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       #11

    Unfortunately, non of these meet the no copyright/public domain criteria as I wrote earlier.
    Code:
    To use a non-Windows color picker, it has to be in the public domain. "Free" software is still copyrighted by the owner.
    
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  2. Posts : 5,829
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       #12

    ineuw said:
    I use Irfanview for my graphic work and the only drawback is that the "Tool" color picker is from Windows XP days and doesn't have hexadecimal output.

    Connected with the developer, and he asked if there are any more recent color pickers included in Windows to connect through Windows API, or any color picker built with either C or C++.
    ineuw said:
    Unfortunately, non of these meet the no copyright/public domain criteria as I wrote earlier.
    Code:
    To use a non-Windows color picker, it has to be in the public domain. "Free" software is still copyrighted by the owner.
    
    I'm not sure what that or the developer means? Those color pickers do provide a "universal" hexadecimal output. Universal in that no matter where used that's the color.... thus hexadecimal output.

    Perhaps they mean the "actual tool" you're trying to use to get the color? If that's the case, yeah, I don't know of any "Windows/Microsoft" specific color picker tools.
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  3. Posts : 17,832
    Windows 10
       #13

    There's a color picker inside of Paint, but you have to have the image open in Paint to use it!

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  4. Posts : 470
    Windows 10 Pro version 21H2
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       #14

    Just noticed these last two posts, and must clarify. Irfanview is utilizing the Windows native color palette API to select colors, and I should have referred to it as a color selector.

    How many system provided color pickers are in Windows 10?-irfanview-color-palette.jpg

    The shortcoming of this is that it has no Hex result. Irfanview is inquiring if the Windows System has another native color selector with the hex results, the he would incorporate it in the app. I am also sure that MS Paint's palette is a Windows component which can be accessed by API.

    It doesn't seem that the original post was understood.
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  5. Posts : 1,250
    Windows 10 Pro
       #15

    The color selector in MS Paint is a part of MS Paint. It is convenient because it allows selection of commonly used colors without bringing up the dialog. But to define those colors you need to use the "Edit colors" button which brings up the standard Windows color selector. There is only the one.

    I am sure that Windows provides one or more color selectors for use by the new modern apps. But they are of no use to traditional applications like Irfanview.

    If Irfanview was to have a better color selector the developer would have to design and build it, or use a third party product.

    At some point in time Windows may have a better color selector but It appears at this time it is not a priority, But it may not have the features you want.
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  6. Posts : 470
    Windows 10 Pro version 21H2
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       #16

    @LMiller7, thanks for the comment.
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