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Windows 7: Painfully Faint Text in Explorer Details View

10 Nov 2009   #1

Windows 7 Professional
Painfully Faint Text in Explorer Details View

So far I'm pretty happy with Win 7, but one new feature is downright painful for me. In the Details view of Windows Explorer, the column headers and all columns except "Name" are displayed in a faint gray-on-white text. My eyes are unusually sensitive to low contrast, and they start to ache after only a few seconds' viewing.

I have the same problem on the web, where the low-contrast look has been stylish for several years, but a Firefox add-in called Stylish lets me change color schemes of sites I visit a lot.

If anyone can tell me how to convince Windows to use a normal black-on-white font for those columns, I'll be very grateful.

I do know about the high-contrast themes, but they're a sledge-hammer solution for a carpet-tack sized problem.

Many thanks,


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10 Nov 2009   #2

Windows Seven x64

Hi AJ and Welcome to Seven Forums,

If you have a LCD screen you might want to try ClearType it makes the words alot sharper and darker..

To turn this feature on click the start menu and search for ClearType and then Click on Adjust clear type text and it will give a sample of each style of clear type and you pick the best one..

Hope this Helps..

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11 Nov 2009   #3

Windows 7 Professional

Hi Ryan,

Thanks for the suggestion. Actually I went through the display-adjustment wizards the first day I had Win 7, and they're very nice. My problem isn't with the sharpness of the text though, it's with the contrast. All columns except "Name" display in a low-contrast color that's painful for me to read.

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