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Windows 7: Color Control

09 Aug 2010   #1

Win7 Home Premium
Color Control

Dear Forum Members,

Hope you're well. I've used computers since 1980. I just upgraded to Win 7 (Home Premium). I have a screen color control problem. It does not involve calibration. I'm not concerned about shades of color, but need to help to get onto the screen, my choice of basic display colors.

I use a black screen background with white text, in Word, Excel, Firefox, etc. This set-up minimizes eye strain: the only active (illuminated) pixels are those bearing information.

My color choice means that in the "Title" box above this window - by which I submit this post - I cannot see what I type. Even if I highlight what I've typed, I only see a black box. The letters are not visible. However, within this text-entry window, I get white text on a black background.

Further, within Windows 7, I cannot see document titles, when I list drive contents. However, the documents' parameters are visible: black on white (instead of white on black). How can I get a black background with white text, throughout Windows?

For example, under "Windows Color and Appearance", if I select White for "Window Text" for the "Active Window", I also get White for "Message Text" for item "Message Box". While I definitely want to keep "White" for the text in the "Active Window", I want to use another color for "Message Text" in the "Message Box". Is there a way to de-link the color choices for "Window Text" and "Message Text".

Thanks for your help. I appreciate it.

Yours faithfully,


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09 Aug 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x32

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09 Aug 2010   #3

Win7 Home Premium

Dear Grimmjow,

Hope this finds You well and I appreciate your reply. I cannot figure out how to use this freeware. I simply need a way to gain control of all color parameters, i.e., button text, window text, etc. I cannot understand why this functionality is not present.

I prefer a high-contrast screen color set-up, i.e., white letters on a black screen. The Win 7 color set-up - very low contrast - seems calculated to maximize eye strain.

Even worse, selecting high-contrast colors for one parameter, creates a low-contrast or no-contrast situation elsewhere, because of linkages that should not be present.

If there's no way to break these linkages, then this is simply a product defect. I've used MS products for decades. There are, at Microsoft, those, who delight in taking things that work, and causing them not to work. Such beings come from distant galaxies, whereon - perhaps - different Physics prevail.

It would be well if MS contracted with NASA (or the European Space Agency) to repatriate these beings, and then replaced them with Earth residents.

Until then, I have a far faster computer that is far harder to use, than was a slower - but far more user-friendly - system, that ran XP Pro.

Thanks again for your willingness to help!! I'm much obliged.

Yours faithfully,

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09 Aug 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x32

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That's why I said it can help you at least little bit.

And you may want to search deviantart for custom themes, there should be plenty of dark ones there. For example, try this one: Basic Black for Windows 7 by =MrGRiM01 on deviantART

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