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Windows 7: How to change background color of Folders in Windows 7

03 Jul 2014   #1
damando25

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
 
 
How to change background color of Folders in Windows 7

Is it possible to change the folders normal white background from white to say an off blue color. The reason is white just seems to hurt my eyes too much. Someone told me in order to do this I may need to refresh my skills at C++. I have tried this "Windows 7 Folder Background Changer" at Change folder background with Windows 7 Folder Background Changer. However it does not work on my system for some reason.


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03 Jul 2014   #2
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Change background color of folders

Well this works for me:

Run regedit and navigate to:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Colors

Right click on the "colors" key and make a backup (export the reg key).

Then in the right pane scroll down to window - double click and change the value to 200 200 200

Exit registry editor and log off then log back on again. You'll see a background like this:

However if you want to change the background color in your photo viewer - read this:

Registry Tweak and Freeware to Change ?Photo Viewer? or ?Photo Gallery? Background Color in Windows - AskVG

There are two tweaks shown. One is for Windows Photo Viewer and the other is for Windows Live Photo Gallery if you've installed it instead of the default Windows Photo Viewer.


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03 Jul 2014   #3
damando25

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
 
 

I am talking about the general folders color such as when you open up "my computer" the background is white then local disc c is white also then program files (86) is white and so on etc... What you are offering is just changing the color on those two Viewers (Windows Live Photo Gallery and Windows Photo Viewer).
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03 Jul 2014   #4
Slartybart

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem
 
 

Try a different theme - if I understand your question, you want the window background color to not be so bright.

A quick test would be to select the High Contrast Black theme.

That might not be what you want, but there are more themes available. click the Get more themes online and see if there's one that meets your needs.

You can also create your own theme, but I've never done it.
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03 Jul 2014   #5
Slartybart

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by damando25 View Post
I am talking about the general folders color such as when you open up "my computer" the background is white then local disc c is white also then program files (86) is white and so on etc... What you are offering is just changing the color on those two Viewers (Windows Live Photo Gallery and Windows Photo Viewer).
Not exactly, the link Callender provided does reference Photo Gallery and Photo Viewer, but this is more general and I think it's what you're looking for - go back and read his post again.
Callender:
Then in the right pane scroll down to window - double click and change the value to 200 200 200
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03 Jul 2014   #6
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Screenshot

It would be better if you could just post a screenshot of the background that you want to change with an arrow pointing at the background.

Here the background is "off white" and is the same if I click on C or Program Files and so on. Is this the color that you mean?

If it is - use an RGB colour picker tool to define the color via HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Colors as defined in my earlier post or else as Slatybart suggests try another theme entirely.

Here's a color picker:

Online color picker tool,online pick color tool as HTML,RGB,HEX

Suggest any matching set of three numbers over 200 to get an off white background. The current setting on my machine is 236 236 236

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03 Jul 2014   #7
damando25

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
 
 

"Callender" I tried and change the value to 200 200 200 and still does nothing ? Ok I see some change now as I changed the value to 37 55 187 and came up with a blue using this online tool at http://color.shawnolson.net/ However it changes the background when I go into regedit and also my web pages address bar but it does not change what I am looking for which is odd ?
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03 Jul 2014   #8
Slartybart

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by damando25 View Post
"Callender" I tried and change the value to 200 200 200 and still does nothing ?
Just to be certain, which key did you change?
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03 Jul 2014   #9
Slartybart

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem
 
 

You might have to restart Explorer.

Post a screen of what area you want to change. Callender knows this stuff.
edit: See: Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums

If there's a way, he will help you.

I'll step out.
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03 Jul 2014   #10
damando25

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
 
 

Here the background is "off white" and is the same if I click on C or Program Files and so on. Is this the color that you mean?

Yes Exactly .
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