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Windows 7: How to change base Calendar colour

27 Oct 2009   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium
How to change base Calendar colour

I really like the standard calendar however I wish to change its colour.

I read another thread which said the gadget info was stored here: C:\Users\Stu\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Sidebar

and could be edited (like html for colours etc). However only my custom clock gadget was there - I didn't see any info on the Windows gadgets.

Anyone know a way to change the background colour of this calendar gadget?

Edit: Can someone mark this thread as solved please :)

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27 Oct 2009   #2

Windows 7 EXTREME

Look here: C:\Program Files\Windows Sidebar\Gadgets, seek calendar gadget and edit images.
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27 Oct 2009   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium

Hey etrifonoves - cheers. I found the files you were talking about. Unfortunately when I finished editing them it said I didn't have permission to save over them. Nor could I save as, then delete the original and rename the new files (again, it said I did not have permission).

I am the only user of this computer, shouldn't my login have Admin rights? Or is this not a user security issue and theres another way around this? Any help appreciated.
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27 Oct 2009   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit

I use this... Calendar colour pack by ~JoshyCarter on deviantART. There are also color packs for the clock and CPU meter at deviant art, just browse around.

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27 Oct 2009   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium

Gah I'm so newb.. that deviantArt pack was just what I wanted, but again I can't copy over the old gadget files (no permission). How do I ensure my single user has admin rights? I've tried playing with the permissions on the Gadgets/Sidebar folders, but it denies the changes.

Edit: Ok I'm inching my way closer..

I followed this link to enable 'take ownership' in the context menu. I did that, and managed to replace the gadget files. However when I launch the gadget again, the old files are still being used somehow?

Edit2: Ok I still don't know why the original calendar mod I did didn't work, I do have a better solution though - downloading this awesome gadget set. Includes the stock calender modified to black with opacity settings - perfect!

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28 Oct 2009   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit

I like that black opaque gadget set also, very nice. Glad you found something that worked. :)

To install the color pack(s) you extract the zip file to your desktop, etc. then cut (or copy)/ paste the gadgets to C:\Program Files\Windows Sidebar\Gadgets
(Not into the Calendar gadget folder)
If you have UAC enabled it will prompt you to authenticate to move the files (as C:\Programs Files is a protected directory) and once you do they will copy.
You will then see 4-5 Calendar gadgets in your gallery, each with a different color.
If you want to get rid of any you don't care for or won't use, simply right click and choose uninstall on that particular gadget.

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23 Jun 2010   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit version 6.1 (build 7600)

Exactly what I was looking for! Thanks for the link and the explanation, Richie. Love it.
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24 Jun 2010   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit

You're welcome korbiekwan!
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