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Windows 7: High contrast/dark theme for windows 7 that works in 2018

3 Weeks Ago   #1
rvsw

windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 
High contrast/dark theme for windows 7 that works in 2018

Hello,

Due to my medical issues. I am not able to work on the computer with the usual default themes. I have found the high contrast theme that comes along with Windows 7 to be very useful, but there are several software that will not work very well with that theme because some of the controls are not visible.

A dark theme will probably also worked for me but I have been unable to find any dark theme in 2018, from any of the different websites that actually work. Most of the links are broken. And the few that I could find, only change the border of windows.

The native high contrast theme that are available with Windows, change the entire background of a window. For example, if I use the notepad application with the high contrast theme, it will change the background of the notepad application to black and the foreground to white. The highlight colour when the line is selected will be red.

I also searched this forum for the links for dark theme. But none of them are valid anymore. Can anyone please suggest any dark even a high contrast theme. Alternatively, is there a way that when I apply a native high contrast theme on Windows 7, I am able to customise the colours for Microsoft Outlook 2010. It seems that when a native high contrast theme is applied, then color customisation for any application of Microsoft office cannot be done.

Thanks for any inputs




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3 Weeks Ago   #2
rvcjew

7 Pro x64, 10 Pro x64
 
 

When I was still on 7 I personally loved this darker theme Placebo for Windows 7 by SolMiler on DeviantArt I used specifically the variant Black market or Black market 2 (one of them had black text in other apps one did not). I think it is very easy on the eyes. I have glaucoma and work on the pc most of the day so I do miss this theme for 10 and I think it is what your looking for.
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2 Weeks Ago   #3
rvsw

windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 

Thank you for your response. I'm still trying to install it. Since it seems that I may have to spend at least an hour trying to figure out where the problem is on my system, can you please confirm if the Microsoft excel and other Microsoft office windows can be customised to look like this or something similar to this.


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2 Weeks Ago   #4
rvcjew

7 Pro x64, 10 Pro x64
 
 

Can you give an example if a control that can not be seen in certain apps? Is it like black text on a black background?
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2 Weeks Ago   #5
rvsw

windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 

Thank you again for your response. I am attaching two screenshots of a program used by programmers called source tree. As you can see in the area enclosed in the ellipse, the controls labled as file history etc cannot be seen


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2 Weeks Ago   #6
rvsw

windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 

Here are a couple from Microsoft Outlook. I'm using an addon called fewclix that creates its own window within Microsoft Outlook. There are several controls that are not visible. I'm not sure what kind of controls. These are because I tried customising the high contrast theme by changing each of the available options one by one on the Windows colour. However, none of them would change any of these controls.

I also didn't see any simple tutorial which at least explains what are the different Windows elements that can be customised. Whatever is given in the Control Panel seems to be very limited.


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2 Weeks Ago   #7
rvcjew

7 Pro x64, 10 Pro x64
 
 

Does the background have to be black or can it be dark grey? The office programs have their own themes and so normally override the the system themes somewhat. It looks like that fewclik app has hard coded there colors to the main theme. If you change outlooks theme what happens? Change the Outlook 2010 color scheme - Outlook

EDIT: also you would need to use this app to modify your system files to be able to install that first theme I had linked. http://deepxw.blogspot.com/2008/11/u...e-patcher.html ALL non Microsoft ones require this. But you should make a system restore point before doing this. For the theme itself you do not need the shell icons and frame dlls it will just have some blue buttons up top (forward/back) but I just ignored those as no need to modify anymore then you need to.
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