change inactive selection color

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.customize (More info?)

You know how when you select an item in explorer, the color of the
text for the highlighted item is white on dark-blue. I've seen how it's
possible to change this color here:

Display Properties->Appearance->Advanced->Selected Items

From there I can change the text color from white to something else
and the background color from dark blue to something else.

When you have an item selected in explorer and you switch to another
program (but can see the explorer selected text still due to window
overlap arrangement), you see that the selected item color changes to
black on very-light-grey. This is very close to black on white (like all
of the unselected items).

Any bad light conditions at all make this selection really difficult to see
but I can't find a Display properties color change selection for this.

While in the "selected items" change color there's a "Color 2" drop-down
but it's greyed-out (disabled). This is where I'd expect to be able to
change the color but can't.

Is there any way of changing this color selection ?

~ d d
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  1. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.customize (More info?)

    Hi DD,

    The "Selected but not in focus" background colour is taken from the "Menu"
    colour

    see: [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Colors]

    but the text colour isn't specified by default. The good news is you can add
    it as the key "GrayText"

    (Yes Grey is misspelt the American way)

    Carbon

    " d d" <dd@nospamplease.com> wrote in message
    news:%23xOz$XGVFHA.1796@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl...
    > You know how when you select an item in explorer, the color of the
    > text for the highlighted item is white on dark-blue. I've seen how it's
    > possible to change this color here:
    >
    > Display Properties->Appearance->Advanced->Selected Items
    >
    > From there I can change the text color from white to something else
    > and the background color from dark blue to something else.
    >
    > When you have an item selected in explorer and you switch to another
    > program (but can see the explorer selected text still due to window
    > overlap arrangement), you see that the selected item color changes to
    > black on very-light-grey. This is very close to black on white (like all
    > of the unselected items).
    >
    > Any bad light conditions at all make this selection really difficult to
    > see
    > but I can't find a Display properties color change selection for this.
    >
    > While in the "selected items" change color there's a "Color 2" drop-down
    > but it's greyed-out (disabled). This is where I'd expect to be able to
    > change the color but can't.
    >
    > Is there any way of changing this color selection ?
    >
    > ~ d d
    >
    >
    >
  2. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.customize (More info?)

    Hmmm. Interesting. My 'Menu' color according to the registry is 255 255 255
    which is of course white, yet it's a light grey. Weird!. I tried changing it
    but
    saw no immediate effect. Perhaps those values are only read at startup.

    Now I know where the colors are kept I got a little sneaky up in here. I
    took
    a screenshot, loaded it into a graphics program and found the RGB value of
    an inactive selected item. It's 236 233 216 on my default-themed XPsp2.
    That's
    only selected as the current color for the ButtonFace color.

    I've changed the ButtonFace color to 255 0 0 (Red) so I'll see if it takes
    effect
    after my next boot.

    ~ d d

    "Andrew Bailey" <andy.j.bailey@ntlworld.com> wrote in message
    news:3MFfe.27330$5A3.3385@newsfe4-win.ntli.net...
    > Hi DD,
    >
    > The "Selected but not in focus" background colour is taken from the "Menu"
    > colour
    >
    > see: [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Colors]
    >
    > but the text colour isn't specified by default. The good news is you can
    > add it as the key "GrayText"
    >
    > (Yes Grey is misspelt the American way)
    >
    > Carbon
    >
    > " d d" <dd@nospamplease.com> wrote in message
    > news:%23xOz$XGVFHA.1796@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl...
    >> You know how when you select an item in explorer, the color of the
    >> text for the highlighted item is white on dark-blue. I've seen how it's
    >> possible to change this color here:
    >>
    >> Display Properties->Appearance->Advanced->Selected Items
    >>
    >> From there I can change the text color from white to something else
    >> and the background color from dark blue to something else.
    >>
    >> When you have an item selected in explorer and you switch to another
    >> program (but can see the explorer selected text still due to window
    >> overlap arrangement), you see that the selected item color changes to
    >> black on very-light-grey. This is very close to black on white (like all
    >> of the unselected items).
    >>
    >> Any bad light conditions at all make this selection really difficult to
    >> see
    >> but I can't find a Display properties color change selection for this.
    >>
    >> While in the "selected items" change color there's a "Color 2" drop-down
    >> but it's greyed-out (disabled). This is where I'd expect to be able to
    >> change the color but can't.
    >>
    >> Is there any way of changing this color selection ?
    >>
    >> ~ d d
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >
    >
  3. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.customize (More info?)

    Yes that's it! ButtonFace color is the one that's used for inactive windows
    that have selected text or selected items. Making it bright red certainly
    showed how widely used it is. Outlook express for example uses it in
    many different places.

    ~ d d

    " d d" <dd@nospamplease.com> wrote in message
    news:uYXlULKVFHA.1404@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
    > Hmmm. Interesting. My 'Menu' color according to the registry is 255 255
    > 255
    > which is of course white, yet it's a light grey. Weird!. I tried changing
    > it but
    > saw no immediate effect. Perhaps those values are only read at startup.
    >
    > Now I know where the colors are kept I got a little sneaky up in here. I
    > took
    > a screenshot, loaded it into a graphics program and found the RGB value of
    > an inactive selected item. It's 236 233 216 on my default-themed XPsp2.
    > That's
    > only selected as the current color for the ButtonFace color.
    >
    > I've changed the ButtonFace color to 255 0 0 (Red) so I'll see if it takes
    > effect
    > after my next boot.
    >
    > ~ d d
    >
    > "Andrew Bailey" <andy.j.bailey@ntlworld.com> wrote in message
    > news:3MFfe.27330$5A3.3385@newsfe4-win.ntli.net...
    >> Hi DD,
    >>
    >> The "Selected but not in focus" background colour is taken from the
    >> "Menu" colour
    >>
    >> see: [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Colors]
    >>
    >> but the text colour isn't specified by default. The good news is you can
    >> add it as the key "GrayText"
    >>
    >> (Yes Grey is misspelt the American way)
    >>
    >> Carbon
    >>
    >> " d d" <dd@nospamplease.com> wrote in message
    >> news:%23xOz$XGVFHA.1796@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl...
    >>> You know how when you select an item in explorer, the color of the
    >>> text for the highlighted item is white on dark-blue. I've seen how it's
    >>> possible to change this color here:
    >>>
    >>> Display Properties->Appearance->Advanced->Selected Items
    >>>
    >>> From there I can change the text color from white to something else
    >>> and the background color from dark blue to something else.
    >>>
    >>> When you have an item selected in explorer and you switch to another
    >>> program (but can see the explorer selected text still due to window
    >>> overlap arrangement), you see that the selected item color changes to
    >>> black on very-light-grey. This is very close to black on white (like all
    >>> of the unselected items).
    >>>
    >>> Any bad light conditions at all make this selection really difficult to
    >>> see
    >>> but I can't find a Display properties color change selection for this.
    >>>
    >>> While in the "selected items" change color there's a "Color 2" drop-down
    >>> but it's greyed-out (disabled). This is where I'd expect to be able to
    >>> change the color but can't.
    >>>
    >>> Is there any way of changing this color selection ?
    >>>
    >>> ~ d d
    >>>
    >>>
    >>>
    >>
    >>
    >
    >
  4. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.customize (More info?)

    That's for titlebars that can have gradient fills.

    --
    ----------------------------------------------------------

    " d d" <dd@nospamplease.com> wrote in message news:%23xOz$XGVFHA.1796@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl...
    > You know how when you select an item in explorer, the color of the
    > text for the highlighted item is white on dark-blue. I've seen how it's
    > possible to change this color here:
    >
    > Display Properties->Appearance->Advanced->Selected Items
    >
    > From there I can change the text color from white to something else
    > and the background color from dark blue to something else.
    >
    > When you have an item selected in explorer and you switch to another
    > program (but can see the explorer selected text still due to window
    > overlap arrangement), you see that the selected item color changes to
    > black on very-light-grey. This is very close to black on white (like all
    > of the unselected items).
    >
    > Any bad light conditions at all make this selection really difficult to see
    > but I can't find a Display properties color change selection for this.
    >
    > While in the "selected items" change color there's a "Color 2" drop-down
    > but it's greyed-out (disabled). This is where I'd expect to be able to
    > change the color but can't.
    >
    > Is there any way of changing this color selection ?
    >
    > ~ d d
    >
    >
    >
  5. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.customize (More info?)

    Ahaaaaaaa I see. I thought it might be for 'inactive' color for the same
    item. Shame.

    thanks

    ~ d d

    "David Candy" <.> wrote in message
    news:OnG8Z3GVFHA.1152@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl...
    That's for titlebars that can have gradient fills.

    --
    ----------------------------------------------------------

    " d d" <dd@nospamplease.com> wrote in message
    news:%23xOz$XGVFHA.1796@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl...
    > You know how when you select an item in explorer, the color of the
    > text for the highlighted item is white on dark-blue. I've seen how it's
    > possible to change this color here:
    >
    > Display Properties->Appearance->Advanced->Selected Items
    >
    > From there I can change the text color from white to something else
    > and the background color from dark blue to something else.
    >
    > When you have an item selected in explorer and you switch to another
    > program (but can see the explorer selected text still due to window
    > overlap arrangement), you see that the selected item color changes to
    > black on very-light-grey. This is very close to black on white (like all
    > of the unselected items).
    >
    > Any bad light conditions at all make this selection really difficult to
    > see
    > but I can't find a Display properties color change selection for this.
    >
    > While in the "selected items" change color there's a "Color 2" drop-down
    > but it's greyed-out (disabled). This is where I'd expect to be able to
    > change the color but can't.
    >
    > Is there any way of changing this color selection ?
    >
    > ~ d d
    >
    >
    >
  6. Windows 7 - Start menu - Run - regedit.exe - HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Colors - ButtonFace – 192 192 192
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