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Windows 7: How to change menu background color?

16 Feb 2011   #1
djpaige9

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 
How to change menu background color?

New computer, first time user of Windows 7 (W7 Home Premium 64bit), and the ugly light purple background color of the dropdown menus in my applications is really bothering me. See attached screen capture.

How can I change this?




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16 Feb 2011   #2
Maguscreed

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Windows 7 x64
 
 

The most curious thing is I don't see any purple in that screen shot.
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16 Feb 2011   #3
djpaige9

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

When I saved it as a gif, the color got modified, trust me its a light purple.
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16 Feb 2011   #4
Imperfect1

 
 

Depends on the theme you're using. If you're using Windows Classic you can right-click on the Desktop, select Personalize, click on Windows Color and Appearance, Advanced, and open the drop-down menu under Item and select: Menu. There you can change the color of all the menus in Windows.
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17 Feb 2011   #5
djpaige9

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Okay, I did the personalization as you suggested to my Windows Classic theme. I wanted a white background on the dropdown menus. It was successful for "older" applications that I have, such as Photoshop Elements 5 and something called "Note Tab Light", the menu background is white. See attached screen capture.

However, it was not successful, the menu background is still a light purple, for "newer" applications such as Firefox, Quicken Deluxe 2010, Lightroom, Internet Explorer, etc. See attached screen capture.

So, what is going on here? What next? How can I get all menus to have a white background?


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17 Feb 2011   #6
Imperfect1

 
 

Try these steps first, and then go back and repeat the color change steps in Windows Color and Appearances to change the background color of your menus:

1. Open Internet Options, General, Appearance, click on "Color."
UNcheck "Use Windows." Then, follow the on-screen directions. You will have the options to choose standard colors or to create your own custom colors. (And while you're on the Color screen, be sure to read the suggestions in the "How to ignore preset colors" link.)



2. Then: go back to the General tab and click: Accessibility (across from the Color button). Check "Ignore colors specified on webpage."



For additional suggestions, check this tutorial:
Windows Color and Appearance settings
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