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Windows 7: ShellStyle.dll Hacking to change Dialog Boxes' Background Color

28 Mar 2013   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
ShellStyle.dll Hacking to change Dialog Boxes' Background Color


Sometime ago I asked here if anybody who knew how to change the background color on standard dialog boxes.

How do I change dialog backgrounds?

User bongo found out that dialog boxes use the "Menu" background color resource, which is very silly because menu colors won't always coincide with buttonface. Here's the result of changing Menu:Color and Window:Color on Windows 7:

Red- Menu:Color
Yellow- Window:Color

My question is this, through shellstyle.dll hacking, is there anyway to change the color used by these boxes?

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01 Apr 2013   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Maybe shellstyle wouldn't be the way since the dialogs are still affected by the problem in Windows Classic theme. Perhaps user32.dll since it provides the method for MessageBox?
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 ShellStyle.dll Hacking to change Dialog Boxes' Background Color

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