how to change the pinkish hue in settings that do not exist


  1. Posts : 405
    Windows 10 21H1
       #1

    how to change the pinkish hue in settings that do not exist


    hi there,

    I'm still struggling with the reduced settings capabilities in Windows 10. In prior versions of Windows, I could change colors and fonts for various windows components (background, title, etc). While this extent of these settings was gradually reduced from say Windows 2000 (where one could customize absolutely everything), now in Windows 10 these settings are just absent.

    Now, if this were Windows 2000, I would be able to remove the ugly pinkish hue seen in the following screenshots

    how to change the pinkish hue in settings that do not exist-pink.jpg

    how to change the pinkish hue in settings that do not exist-pink2.jpg

    In fact, the hue looks much worse on the monitor than on the screenshots, for example the ESET windows in the first picture looks also pinkish on my monitor. That can be changed by changing the gamma of the monitor, but ultimately no gamma can change pink into yellow or gray.

    So, if we don't have any settings to change colors, how do I get rid of that pink?
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  2. Posts : 34,985
    Win 10 Pro (1903) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #2

    Hi, there are some ways to address aspects of Windows colours in some areas e.g. using free utilities. A number of the registry keys managed by the Advanced Appearance settings dialogue in Win 7 are still there.

    However specific programs like Acrobat may use their own shading schema.

    Please see my post in this recent thread where I listed some utilities that help to deal with some aspects:
    Advanced Appearance Settings Dialog Box for Windows 10 - Build 21H1

    The background colours are achieved here using a couple of well-known registry changes (non explorer) and Qttabbar for explorer-related ones:
    how to change the pinkish hue in settings that do not exist-1.png

    Winaero's tweaker parallels tutorials here in a lot of cases, making some changes simple and easily reversible. Some are appearance-related e.g.
    how to change the pinkish hue in settings that do not exist-1.png

    For interest only:
    https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/...f-31392f472a15

    Firefox background and site background colours:
    There are add-ons that allow these to be changed in various ways. E.g. Dark Background Preload

    how to change the pinkish hue in settings that do not exist-1.png

    how to change the pinkish hue in settings that do not exist-1.png
    I'm not suggesting this one's great- just an example:
    how to change the pinkish hue in settings that do not exist-1.png

    Overall hue may also be adjusted using settings for your graphics of course.
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  3. Posts : 405
    Windows 10 21H1
    Thread Starter
       #3

    The first question I need to find the answer to is which setting should I be looking at. Here's the screenshot from my Windows 7 laptop

    how to change the pinkish hue in settings that do not exist-capture.png

    Changing the "window" color clearly changes the color of the URL box (or whatever it's called) in Firefox. However, no other setting in this little applet can change that grey background that can be seen in Firefox around the Forums page.

    Now, in the Windows 10 screenshot (in the first post), both the URL box and the Firefox background have the same pinkish color. So what confuses me is which settings I am actually looking at. Once I know this, I could look for either registry values to be changed or the third-party software that can do that for me.
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  4. Posts : 405
    Windows 10 21H1
    Thread Starter
       #4

    By the way, Acrobat in WIndows 7 also looks normal (i.e. not pink)

    how to change the pinkish hue in settings that do not exist-capture2.png
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  5. Posts : 34,985
    Win 10 Pro (1903) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #5

    There's SMACC
    how to change the pinkish hue in settings that do not exist-1.png
    There's Classic Color Panel
    how to change the pinkish hue in settings that do not exist-1.png
    Customize Colors in Windows 10 - WinTools.Info

    After that it's a matter of becoming familiar with them.

    This shows you where the relevant registry keys are:
    Change Window Background Color in Windows 10

    As for Adobe software- sorry, don't use it.
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  6. Posts : 405
    Windows 10 21H1
    Thread Starter
       #6

    Thanks @dalchina! I managed to sort out my problem. Changing the color settings on the monitor I was able to remove the pinkish hue from what should have been grey and I managed to use SMACC to changed the colors (basically the tone of the grey but that's already details) that I needed.

    Ranting and venting: I also looked up the information you linked and while it's comforting to know that I am not the only one outraged at the reduction of customization possibilities in Windows 10, it's still sad that Microsoft chose to move in a different direction. Sure one can change the registry keys or use a third-party software to do that, but it's a shame that a simple tool that was present in most previous iteration of Windows is now removed. Rant over.
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  7. Posts : 34,985
    Win 10 Pro (1903) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #7

    You can't rely on Windows giving you the best graphics configuration automatically.
    When I upgraded from 1903-20H2, suddenly my graphics adaptor settings were back to default and the screen was glaring at me on my laptop.

    Had to fiddle with 9 sliders to get the colours etc about right (3 for each colour).

    Plenty have complained about the missing dialogue- my guess it's related to GUI simplifcation and deployment across multiple platforms.

    You can download plenty of themes, and I quite like 1 theme for Stardock's Curtains, which I've adapted so inactive title text is a different colour, and tried to get a bit more transparency. There's no help or manual I can find for the prog though.
    how to change the pinkish hue in settings that do not exist-1.png
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  8. Posts : 3
    Windows 10
       #8

    I've had the pinkish hue problem with a couple of computers and found the easiest way was to use the Windows built in color calibration. In the bottom left search box type "Calibrate display color" and it will guide you through the calibration.
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  9. Posts : 34,985
    Win 10 Pro (1903) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #9

    Thanks, I'd forgotten about that- years since I saw it. I'd got it about right in fact.
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