Explorer details view grid colors

2011-09-18
2013-05-30
  • Miles Ahead
    Miles Ahead
    2011-09-18

    Many people, including myself, look for a way to darken the Explorer background. Get rid of the bright white that's in stark contrast to dark wallpaper(such as fractal flames with black backgrounds.)  The option to set grid lines for details view with alternate background color is almost there. If there was another button to choose 2 background colors, alternating every line, it would be perfect.  Here's a screen shot showing my current setting. If I could change the white background lines to say Antique White, it would eliminate the "glare."

    http://www.favessoft.com/explorershot.jpg

     
  • Miles Ahead
    Miles Ahead
    2011-09-18

    btw I have already tried all those "background changer" apps. None of them work on my system.

     
  • Mike Connor
    Mike Connor
    2011-09-19

    That's really odd, they work well on a few of my systems, and on others I have set them up on.  After reading what you wrote in the other thread I searched for the "Antique White" theme you mentioned, and found it on "Seven Forums".  It's a bit "pink", ( Depending on the screen and setup), and I would prefer a nice neutral light grey like  C6C6C6  but it cuts the glare alright in the windows that don't work with most other background changers, like "Computer" etc.

    Screenshots;

    http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/143/capturescr1.jpg/

    http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/204/capturescr2.jpg/

    Regards….Mike Connor

     
  • Miles Ahead
    Miles Ahead
    2011-09-19

    Unfortunately I'm running my system. Not your system. It does me no good that background software works on your machine. The point that is still not answered is this.  If every other line in grid mode can be colored then what is the programmatic reason that there cannot be 2 background colors alternating in the grid lines.  Another background color button to replace the "white" lines.  Since you say you have nothing to do with development I don't know why you insist on attaching to my threads esp. since this is the development forum.  If background changer apps and themes worked in stable fashion I would use them.  I've tried custom themes that alter the shell.  Half the time I log off I lose Aero. It's more hassle than it's worth.  QTTabBar is the more solid approach.

     
  • Mike Connor
    Mike Connor
    2011-09-19

    This is a forum, and I imagined you were asking for help.

    You can edit  the msstyles ( Windows Visual Style File ) of any theme directly to change the backgrounds using this hex editor;

    http://www.chmaas.handshake.de/delphi/freeware/xvi32/xvi32.htm

    You just need to search for the colours you want to change in HEX  and replace them with the colours you want.  No other third party stuff or manipulatiosn are required, and doing this does not affect Aero or anything else. It is a good idea to make a copy of the original file first.

    If this doesn't suit. then please accept my apologies, and I wont reply to any more of your posts.

    Have  a nice day.

    Mike Connor

     
  • Miles Ahead
    Miles Ahead
    2011-09-19

    Dude.  Been there, done that.  You keep harping on the same ground.

    I'm at this point with no crashes and no Aero loss when I shut down:

    http://www.favessoft.com/explorershot.jpg

    Note the Antique White.  It would still be better if I could set another color for the white lines.
    I guess this version is not open source or I could do it myself.

     
  • Miles Ahead
    Miles Ahead
    2011-09-19

    Actually using Corn Silk 2 doesn't look so bad even with the white lines mixed in.  Time to move on. I'm curious how the grid lines are colored but if this is a closed source project then I'll likely never get the answer here.

    Anyway, I like QTTabBar. I wrote many small hotkey apps that launch Explorer windows. It's nice to have an Explorer with multiple tabs.  I could launch other file managers but since explorer.exe is already in ram it's faster off the dime.

    Thanks to the author(s) for this utility. :)

     
  • Mike Connor
    Mike Connor
    2011-09-20

    Like this perhaps;

    http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/171/capturemjn.jpg/

    I used silly colours just to demonstrate.  This works on any system and does not require any third party apps.

    Whatever…….

    Regards….Mike Connor

     
  • Miles Ahead
    Miles Ahead
    2011-09-24

    You must be the "flack catcher" for the author.

    Whatever is right!