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Windows 7: Any apps to enable more color customization for Windows 7 interface?

20 Apr 2011   #1
TsunamiZ

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Any apps to enable more color customization for Windows 7 interface?

Windows 7's default UI customization feature set is lacking and incomplete. Any apps that can solve this?

Personally, I would be interested in an app for Windows 7 that will allow changing the "glow" color around the text of windows' titles. Because I use a dark theme and the current unchangeable white glow clashes with my dark theme. I would like to be able to set that glow to black and my windows’ title text to white.

Additionally, there is a permanent light blue tinting on a lot of the Windows 7 UI. I would prefer to set that to gray so it can fit universally with any color theme. Or better, be able to adjust the color of the tinting.

And then there is the green progress bar--I personally would prefer to be able to set that to a blue. Or better, be able to set that to any color.


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20 Apr 2011   #2
Bongo

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TsunamiZ View Post
Windows 7's default UI customization feature set is lacking and incomplete. Any apps that can solve this?

Personally, I would be interested in an app for Windows 7 that will allow changing the "glow" color around the text of windows' titles. Because I use a dark theme and the current unchangeable white glow clashes with my dark theme. I would like to be able to set that glow to black and my windows’ title text to white.

Additionally, there is a permanent light blue tinting on a lot of the Windows 7 UI. I would prefer to set that to gray so it can fit universally with any color theme. Or better, be able to adjust the color of the tinting.

And then there is the green progress bar--I personally would prefer to be able to set that to a blue. Or better, be able to set that to any color.
Most if not all of it is in the aero.msstyle in C/Windows/Resources/Themes/Aero & needs edited with Ave's Windows7 Style Builder or Restorator - Bome Software - Restorator - the resource editor for customization, localization, and translation.
If you are using the default aero theme I can change that for you.
If you are using a custom theme you will need to ask the theme maker. It's not cool to change someone else work.
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You will need to do 1 of these 2 ways of Enabling custom themes for it to work.
Enabling Custom Themes - Windows 7
Or
Theme - How to Apply Custom Themes

I have done some of that for others see here How do i remove the windows title text "bloom" effect in Windows 7?
Let me know if I can help.
Jerry
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20 Apr 2011   #3
Bongo

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Look at this Blue progressbars in Windows 7 for the progress bar
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20 Apr 2011   #4
TsunamiZ

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

thanks for the info. i simply use the default windows 7 aero style. can you make those listed changes for it?

btw: the blue progress bar mod that you linked to says it is for windows 7 beta and doesn't work for final version of windows 7.
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21 Apr 2011   #5
Bongo

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TsunamiZ View Post
thanks for the info. i simply use the default windows 7 aero style. can you make those listed changes for it?
Yes I can I will remove the white glow and make the text white and I will make the progressive bar blue.
Will you take some screenshots of the light blue you are talking about and post them that way we are clear on what you are talking about.
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21 Apr 2011   #6
TsunamiZ

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

here are examples of lots of permanent blue in the toolbars, etc. would prefer them to be desaturated to be gray. btw, can you make the blue progress bars match the blue in windows explorer drive bars in the screenshot?

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21 Apr 2011   #7
Bongo

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TsunamiZ View Post
here are examples of lots of permanent blue in the toolbars, etc. would prefer them to be desaturated to be gray. btw, can you make the blue progress bars match the blue in windows explorer drive bars in the screenshot?
What I have in red can be changed with no problem.
What I have in blue can be changed but it is a system file and I do not change them.
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Yes the progressive bar will be the same blue.
Is this to dark of gray?
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Jerry


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21 Apr 2011   #8
TsunamiZ

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

ok then change the red parts, but you can leave the active column highlight as blue.

for gray, can you leave it the same lightness but just desaturate it to remove the color?
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21 Apr 2011   #9
Bongo

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TsunamiZ View Post
ok then change the red parts, but you can leave the active column highlight as blue.

for gray, can you leave it the same lightness but just desaturate it to remove the color?
OK I will work on it this afternoon and try to finish it up in the morning.
Check back in the a.m.
Jerry
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21 Apr 2011   #10
Bongo

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How does this look?
Jerry

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