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Windows 7: Change the icon font color on Win7 Desktop

28 Oct 2015   #1
loninappleton

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 
Change the icon font color on Win7 Desktop

This should be easy but I've found several instructions to the right page-- but the font box is greyed out.

The font size is ok but I want to make it look more like old XP which means light blue background with white
font lettering on the desktop. The default goes to black text for light background-- I already found that out.

Years ago I did this on another job but can't remember how to get around what Win7 _wants_ to do.

With this is mind is there any summary screen of what changes have been made?. As said, the usual
setup screen allows me to change b/g color but font is greyed out.


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28 Oct 2015   #2
Bongo

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28 Oct 2015   #3
loninappleton

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Sounds like a different kind of tool. I just want to change the font color to white from black.
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02 Nov 2015   #4
loninappleton

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

The best I could manage on this so far without third party themes or programs was to select a darker shade, color of text turns to white. Then advance the brightness so it didn't look at dark but text is still legible. I may go in a make the text just a little bigger from Tahoma 32 to slightly larger.

Any other suggestions such as getting a theme, third party or otherwise to make the screen look uncomplicated like ol' XP
will be appreciated.

But this can be marked solved with the current fix.
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04 Nov 2015   #5
Weboh

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

If you go to windows color (the same place to change the icon font) you should see an item in the drop-down menu called "Selected Items." There you can change the font color.
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04 Nov 2015   #6
Bongo

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Weboh View Post
If you go to windows color (the same place to change the icon font) you should see an item in the drop-down menu called "Selected Items." There you can change the font color.
That will not change the font color on desktop icons.

Jerry
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04 Nov 2015   #7
Weboh

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I just tried it, and it did.

Maybe it's only with the Classic Theme?
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04 Nov 2015   #8
loninappleton

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

I am using the classic style, or as much of it as I can get back. The task bar still looks pretty 'new' and is making those fades and splashes when selecting something. Quite frankly all of this gives me a headache as is distracting. That goes for the hypnotic startup splash screen as well: throbbers and logos throbbing in and out of focus until the desktop loads.

I've got something usable now with the method I described above, but I'll look at that 'selected items' box.
I was able to get the the icon font a little larger as well: just enough for legibility.
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04 Nov 2015   #9
Weboh

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

You can use 7+ Taskbar Tweaker to remove all the things Windows 7 added like that. It has tons of options.
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