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Windows 7: Problem with entering RGB values in Color Picker

11 Jul 2010   #1
Hoods

Win 7 x64 HP
 
 
Problem with entering RGB values in Color Picker

Hi there

Does anyone else have a problem entering 3 digit values into the Windows 7 color picker?? It's bizarre - I can only enter 2, and geta sytem ping if I try to type a third. I even tried reducing my font size, but that's clearly not it.

Any suggestions??

Cheers
Robin


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11 Jul 2010   #2
fseal

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Where are you getting the color picker to come up? In a program? A control panel?
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11 Jul 2010   #3
Hoods

Win 7 x64 HP
 
 

Wherever the standard Windows color picker is used, so in any program that uses that picker, or if trying to change a system related color - anything. No problem with 3rd party pickers in programs that have them - eg the picker used by the freebie Stickies.
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11 Jul 2010   #4
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

Please provide the steps you use to get there. I can't think of anywhere offhand that has a color picker where I can enter RGB values.
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11 Jul 2010   #5
Hoods

Win 7 x64 HP
 
 

Well, you can manually enter color values anywhere you have the option to change colors, by choosing the "Other" or "More" option under the standard colors in the grid to open the full color picker. So, typical steps would be, for example, if you wanted to change the Windows text color to pale pink or something not standard, you'd take these steps:

Personalize
Advanced appearance settings
Desktop - Color 1
Click on the color box a mini-picker opens, showing only 16 colors
Click on "Other" at the bottom of the mini-picker
The default Windows color picker opens
Here you can either choose a color using the sliders or enter exact numeric values in the HSL or RGB boxes

This is where my problem is - I can't enter a value higher than 99.
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12 Jul 2010   #6
fseal

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Ok, I tried it out and it seem to work ok.

I apologise for asking this but you do know that the legal range is 0 to 255? I/.e if you typed in 45 then tried to type in a third number it WOULD fail (Actually it should immediately switch to 255), but 213 should work.

In fact try typing in 455 and see what happens, it should switch to the max value of 255.

If that isn;t it. then I'm at a loss too
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12 Jul 2010   #7
Abhishek Ghosh

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit, Mac OS X 10.6
 
 

fseal, you are right.

Most probably Hoods is talking about this software ; Windows 7 itself does not have any native software like that. Its meant for use in web creations. For that, its works good (Hex number) and its freeware; I have not tried it for desktop.
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12 Jul 2010   #8
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

Hoods - okay, see where you are. By larger than 99, do you mean 100 or 991? As fseal mentioned, that's a one byte hexadecimal field with a max value of X'FF' or 255 decimal.
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12 Jul 2010   #9
Hoods

Win 7 x64 HP
 
 

Thanks, guys - glad to know I am not the only one confused.

Just to let you know, I have been doing digital graphic design for 25 years or so, so the whole color space and 0-255 thing is what I work with all the time and this is a first.

Quote:
Windows 7 itself does not have any native software like that.
I am talking about the regular old square Windows color picker that has been around since the year dot - the one that's invoked by anything from MS Paint to desktop color management options, not a 3rd party program. (MS Office has a different picker - looks like a honeycomb - that works as expected.) Various softwares have their own color pickers, but many, such as Photoshop, still give you the option to use the MS Windows picker - though why anyone would WANT to use anything that outmoded and basically primitive beats me. If I change my Photoshop preference to Windows, the problem is the same. All other color pickers in other software I use are fine, but as I have no choice but to use the WINDOWS one to make changes to things like desktop colors I am stuck with mouse movements for those particular occasions. !@#@!@!^$

To try to clarify: I can't type a 3rd digit (100-255) into any of the color picker boxes. Even if a 3-digit number is in the box, I can't replace that with a 30-digit nuber of my choosing. My computer just beeps at me. It's too bizarre. Maybe something I have installed has caused this bug, but as I am using all the software I have always used I have NO clue what.

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13 Jul 2010   #10
Hoods

Win 7 x64 HP
 
 

Just wanted to thank everyone who offered suggestions - in the end I decided to restore my clean system image/backup, and that has fixed the problem. Now it's a matter of monitoring things I install to see what might have caused this bizarre thing to happen! So far, no clue. Anyway, thanks again!

Hoods
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