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Windows 7: How to change Icon highlight color?


03 May 2012   #1

Windows 8 Remix
 
 
How to change Icon highlight color?

You know the highlight color for when you click on icons is blue, I'm not talking about the thing in the Advanced Options under personalization, but the color that highlights the icons when you click on them. I want to change that from blue to red, and I don't know how. I think there is a registry key you need to modify to do it. I did it in linux, but this is Windows.

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04 May 2012   #2

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Welcome to the Seven Forums
I can help you with this.
There are 3 states for that Hot(when you hover over a icon), Selected(when it's pressed), Hot Selected(after it is pressed and you move the mouse away) which one do you want red?
Jerry
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04 May 2012   #3

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All of them different shades of red. Hover: light red. Selected:regular red. Pressed and moved away: dark red.
Thanks, Jerry.
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04 May 2012   #4

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I can do this 1 of 2 ways
#1
If you are using the default aero theme I can change that for you, using Windows Style Builder and post it here in a zip folder.
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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This will be a custom theme and 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 can do Explorer window and the Navigation pane and the desktop and the startmenu programs and all programs hovers, do you want them all?

I would need a name to call the theme from you.

Or
#2
I can give you the image #s and you can use a resource hacker of your choice and edit the .msstyles

Let me know.
Jerry
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04 May 2012   #5

Windows 8 Remix
 
 

Whichever is the easiest and most effective. I am not using a custom theme, I am using the default aero theme. It would be helpful if you listed ALL the ways to do it if one or two doesn't work. Start with the file editing first, it's what I'm good at.
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04 May 2012   #6

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You would need a copy of the aero.mssyle and start a new theme look at post #38 it will show you how Start menu color change ??
Then using a resources hacker export the images from the .mssyle edit them with a image editor and import the images back in the .mssyle
It's still a custom theme and you will need to do 1 of the 2 ways of enabling custom theme.
Let me know which way you would like to go.
Jerry
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04 May 2012   #7

Windows 8 Remix
 
 

I actually figured it out, thanks for your help, but isn't there a way to do this in the registry? In Ubuntu, all you have to do is change a hexadecimal value and it changes the highlight color and various bars and buttons, couldn't you do it in windows, too?
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04 May 2012   #8

Windows 8 Remix
 
 

I already have custom themes enabled, and I was wondering if you could make a theme for me.
The basic layout for the theme is stock windows, except the highlight color of the icons, buttons, etc of everything was red, and the progress bar and scroll bars were also red. Not any text colors, tough. And all the fonts be changed to times new roman. I downloaded the Windows Style editor and it's a bit complicated for my liking. If you could do this that would be great.
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04 May 2012   #9

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DragonShadow View Post
I actually figured it out, thanks for your help, but isn't there a way to do this in the registry? In Ubuntu, all you have to do is change a hexadecimal value and it changes the highlight color and various bars and buttons, couldn't you do it in windows, too?
This is Windows not Ubuntu

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DragonShadow View Post
I already have custom themes enabled, and I was wondering if you could make a theme for me.
The basic layout for the theme is stock windows, except the highlight color of the icons, buttons, etc of everything was red, and the progress bar and scroll bars were also red. Not any text colors, tough. And all the fonts be changed to times new roman. I downloaded the Windows Style editor and it's a bit complicated for my liking. If you could do this that would be great.
Give me 2 or 3 days and I will have it done and will post it.
Try to come up with a name.
Jerry
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04 May 2012   #10

Windows 8 Remix
 
 

Call it "Code Red"
post it here please.
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