Modifying the Color Scheme

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated July 21, 2014)

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Windows 7 allows you to easily modify the appearance of many things on your desktop. One of the most basic things you can personalize about your Windows environment is the colors used. Windows uses what is called a color scheme, which is a collection of 16 colors used in many different ways by the operation system.

You can see what color scheme is used on your system by right-clicking an empty spot on the desktop and selecting Personalize from the resulting Context menu. Click the Window Color link, and you'll see the Window Color and Appearance dialog box. (See Figure 1.)

Figure 1. The Window Color and Appearance dialog box.

Note the 16 colors shown at the top of the screen. If you want to modify any of the colors, the easiest way is to click on the color and then use the Color Intensity slider to adjust the appearance of the color. You can, if desired, change the color entirely by clicking on it and then clicking the Show Color Mixer option. Windows then display three additional sliders that allow you to adjust the hue, saturation, and brightness of the selected color.

When you are through adjusting the color scheme, just click on Save Changes and Windows updates its internal information. The colors are immediately used by the operating system.

 This tip (13176) applies to Windows 7.

Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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2014-07-21 07:54:12

Joe935

This tip does not apply to my Win7 home premium. I get the same window that old Win XP used for setting up appearances.


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