REQUEST: Dark Theme for Windows 10

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samkatakouzinos
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Post by samkatakouzinos • 27 Aug 2019, 07:13

REQUEST: Dark Theme for Windows 10
Please consider?

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Post by xCSxXenon • 27 Aug 2019, 18:49

Not priority, but +1

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Post by titleunknown • 03 Sep 2019, 21:15

+1

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Post by jmsxl • 06 Sep 2019, 17:56

Yes, please and for Mac OS too.

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Post by BazCuda • 09 Sep 2019, 14:21

You mean, like this... :P
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xCSxXenon
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Post by xCSxXenon • 09 Sep 2019, 14:39

Shows picture of almost exactly what we want.
Doesn't even hint at how to get it done.
I'm guessing the source code was changed

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Post by BazCuda • 09 Sep 2019, 15:04

No, no source code change. It was a long hard trial-and-error process of customising my entire Windows 10 Pro setup to look like this, which in a very small nutshell was...

1. Put Windows 10 into Dark Mode.
2. Put Windows Explorer into Dark Mode.
2. Experiment with altering the RGB colours in [mostly] the following registry key:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Colors

Some applications are better behaved at using the system-wide colour settings. Others, mostly notably Microsoft's own, completely ignore the settings and do their own thing. Notepad does a combination. I suspect this is why the old Colors Customization facility was removed in Windows - too many of their own applications ignored the settings, especially with the advent of the ubiquitous Ribbon. There are tools which attempt to replicate the old tool, such as "Color Classic" from WinTools.info which was certainly a help up to a point, if nothing else for identifying the required registry keys. I think I also used a bit of WinAero Tweaker at some point.

As I say, you sometimes have to take the rough with the smooth. Occasionally, an application will insist on using black as its text color while at the same time adhering to the background colour from the registry, making text difficult to read. But then, we've all done it...much easier to set label.text.color to clBlack than go digging around in the system settings for the user's preferences, which is what we should have been doing. The majority of the apps I use look good; the others are used so infrequently that a bit of squinting to read the black text is acceptable.

It's all a question of swings and roundabouts. For the most part, FFS is well-behaved except, as you can see (or not) that the MB/s speed in the top graph can't be read, but my chosen text colour looks good on the dark background. On the other hand, the built-in TreeView component in Windows, used by so many apps, is almost always displayed with a white background. Again, FFS bucks the trend, fortunately.

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Post by BazCuda • 09 Sep 2019, 15:16

As an addendum, here's an export of my current HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Colors
However, I cannot by any means guarantee that simply applying these colour values will immediately make your setup look like mine. As I said above, it was a trial-and-error process, a bit like trying to fix the kink in a hosepipe - you fix the colours so one app looks good and then discover that another app is completely unusable.

I've renamed the attachment from colors.reg to colors.txt

And an example of Microsoft's software sometimes adhering to their own rules, and sometimes not, often within the same application ! ....
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Post by Zenju • 16 Sep 2019, 09:01

For the most part, FFS is well-behaved except, as you can see (or not) that the MB/s speed in the top graph can't be read BazCuda, 09 Sep 2019, 15:04
Inded, fixed for the next release!

In general, FFS is using system colors everywhere. The only reason why "Dark Mode" support for FFS on Windows 10 is not available right now is that Microsoft has decided to limit its support to Windows Store apps, while leaving Win32 apps out in the dark.

samkatakouzinos
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Post by samkatakouzinos • 16 Sep 2019, 09:14

"out in the dark"
I see what you did thereā€¦ :)

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Post by tfa • 10 Nov 2019, 15:04

dark mode +1