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blog: dark window theme

Posted: 2017 Feb 26, 11:00
by nikos
here's the comment area for today's blog post found at:
http://zabkat.com/blog/dark-window-theme.htm

Re: blog: dark window theme

Posted: 2017 Feb 26, 18:41
by pschroeter
Did anyone ever figure out how to change the color behind the document in Word 2013? Even with the "dark gray" theme it burns my retinas. After four years I'm a little use to it, but I would still like a gray that's a shade or two darker. I know Word 2016 has a darker theme, but it is too dark and flat and makes the icons all lifeless and cartoony. I still have wonder what Microsoft team though making Word all white was a good idea, it literally hurt my 56 year old eyes.

Sorry, I meant the background surrounding the white document pane on either side to the left and right.

Re: blog: dark window theme

Posted: 2017 Feb 26, 19:40
by Robert2

Re: blog: dark window theme

Posted: 2017 Feb 27, 08:50
by WimdeLange
pschroeter wrote:
2017 Feb 26, 18:41
Did anyone ever figure out how to change the color behind the document in Word 2013? Even with the "dark gray" theme it burns my retinas. After four years I'm a little use to it, but I would still like a gray that's a shade or two darker. I know Word 2016 has a darker theme, but it is too dark and flat and makes the icons all lifeless and cartoony. I still have wonder what Microsoft team though making Word all white was a good idea, it literally hurt my 56 year old eyes.

Sorry, I meant the background surrounding the white document pane on either side to the left and right.
Sorry, it looks like that this is not possible. I've spent a full hour in googling and trying previous week, but nothing.

The closest I got, is to turn down the monitor. But there goes the contrast, which is bad for my 58 years old eyes.

Re: blog: dark window theme

Posted: 2017 Feb 27, 10:28
by Robert2
Why not use the Draft View mode?

Re: blog: dark window theme

Posted: 2017 Feb 28, 17:48
by johngalt
@Nikos,

Going along with this blog post, is there a way to select the font color used when setting the pane background colors to dark colors?

Re: blog: dark window theme

Posted: 2017 Mar 01, 07:25
by nikos
no, the text color is chosen automatically to provide a good contrast to whatever you picked for background

Re: blog: dark window theme

Posted: 2018 Dec 03, 19:14
by atomdrift
Thank you for this blog post, Nikos! Since Windows 10 finally introduced dark mode for Windows Explorer, it got me wondering how to do this with xplorer2, and the guidance in your blog post result in an acceptable dark mode.

Thanks again for all your hard work here!

Re: blog: dark window theme

Posted: 2018 Dec 04, 06:00
by nikos
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Re: blog: dark window theme

Posted: 2019 Feb 11, 17:55
by platanos
Hello, I've followed the blog steps to have a black background (I'm using the lite xplorer2 version).

However, when I select with the mouse several files I can hardly see the blue background. In Windows 10 explorer they get a gray color, so it can be seen well, but in xplorer2 it's almost impossible to see.

Look the screenshots:

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How can I fix this in xplorer2 ?

Re: blog: dark window theme

Posted: 2019 Feb 11, 19:56
by nikos
i don't think xplorer2 can change the color of the selection
you can try TOOLS > ADVANCED OPTIONS menu command and in the GLOBAL property page tick the option "disable some vista effects" and see if it improves the situation

Re: blog: dark window theme

Posted: 2019 Feb 11, 20:07
by platanos
nikos wrote:
2019 Feb 11, 19:56
i don't think xplorer2 can change the color of the selection
you can try TOOLS > ADVANCED OPTIONS menu command and in the GLOBAL property page tick the option "disable some vista effects" and see if it improves the situation
Thank you, that solved it!

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Re: blog: dark window theme

Posted: 2019 Feb 15, 16:43
by johngalt
@Nikos: Have there been any changes to the way that this works from th time the blog was written?

Specifically, can you adjust the actual UI elements themselves (slidebars, ribbon bg color, etc) to match the pane colors?

Also, does the Windows 10 feature Night light affect this in any way? (I know that Night light works, for the most part, much in the way that night mode does on my Android-based cell phone, except that, for some reason, the mouse cursors (at least on certain mouse themes, haven't tried them all) are not affected, making it look very weird to see a normal hued mouse icon on a desktop that has been warmly hued by night light....

Re: blog: dark window theme

Posted: 2019 Feb 16, 07:29
by nikos
xplorer2 cannot do much about window elements like scrollbars etc. Wrt ribbon, you can set its background color using ADVANCED OPTIONS menu

Re: blog: dark window theme (now when it is possible in Windows explorer)

Posted: 2019 Sep 12, 08:03
by neko
nikos wrote:
2019 Feb 16, 07:29
xplorer2 cannot do much about window elements like scrollbars etc. Wrt ribbon, you can set its background color using ADVANCED OPTIONS menu
Now when with Windows 10 file explorer, it's possible to switch to a dark mode, could we get dark mode for xplorer2? Please? Image

Dark mode looks very nice in Windows Explorer, so it might look good in xplorer2 as well. Would it be possible to get a dark theme to xplorer2?
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I would even be willing to pay for it. Special - Dark Ultimate -edition (for loyal paying customers). ;) €$£₾₽₺₴¥฿!! :party: Image

Edit. This is a great week (it could be greater):
  1. Android TV version of Local entertainment app finally have HBO.
  2. Android version of Vivaldi browser released.
  3. And Nikos promises a dark theme for xplorer2?