At a loss (Win7) settings. Help?

Discussion in 'alt.windows7.general' started by Andy, Oct 30, 2009.

  1. Andy

    Andy Guest

    Re-hi!

    I've posted here before, last week, witness the perllogs (oops) post.

    I want to change the colors of the menus/backgrounds/hypertext, some text
    sizes, essentially everything! WinXP didn't hide this stuff away so much!

    I don't understand how MS decided on the baby blue and white contrasting
    text and buttons. To me it's a hindrence. I need better definition.

    I'd like, for example, black text on legal pad yellow menus, with
    opposing highlights as I mouse through the items.!

    I feel stupid I can't do this.

    The Win7 OS has become much more textual than graphical, and more
    confusing to me, at the moment.

    Who didn't now how to "pin" anything anywhere from WinXP (W2k?)? As if
    that's a great breakthrough? Sorry!

    Please help!

    Andy
     
    Andy, Oct 30, 2009
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  2. Andy

    Dave-UK Guest

    "Andy" <> wrote in message news:Xns9CB4CAB9F9240Cotd@216.196.97.131...
    > Re-hi!
    >
    > I've posted here before, last week, witness the perllogs (oops) post.
    >
    > I want to change the colors of the menus/backgrounds/hypertext, some text
    > sizes, essentially everything! WinXP didn't hide this stuff away so much!
    >
    > I don't understand how MS decided on the baby blue and white contrasting
    > text and buttons. To me it's a hindrence. I need better definition.
    >
    > I'd like, for example, black text on legal pad yellow menus, with
    > opposing highlights as I mouse through the items.!
    >
    > I feel stupid I can't do this.
    >
    > The Win7 OS has become much more textual than graphical, and more
    > confusing to me, at the moment.
    >
    > Who didn't now how to "pin" anything anywhere from WinXP (W2k?)? As if
    > that's a great breakthrough? Sorry!
    >
    > Please help!
    >
    > Andy


    You'll be going back in time! :)

    The only way I can see to alter the basic things like you want is to change
    your display theme to Windows Classic. Try this:
    Right-click on a blank area of your Desktop > Personalize.
    Scroll down and select the Windows Classic theme.
    Now below select Window Color and you should be back on familiar ground.

    (If you choose to keep these settings you will lose the aero/glassy effect.)
     
    Dave-UK, Oct 31, 2009
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  3. Andy

    Trev Guest

    "Dave-UK" <Here@home> wrote in message
    news:...
    >
    > "Andy" <> wrote in message
    > news:Xns9CB4CAB9F9240Cotd@216.196.97.131...
    >> Re-hi!
    >>
    >> I've posted here before, last week, witness the perllogs (oops) post.
    >>
    >> I want to change the colors of the menus/backgrounds/hypertext, some text
    >> sizes, essentially everything! WinXP didn't hide this stuff away so much!
    >>
    >> I don't understand how MS decided on the baby blue and white contrasting
    >> text and buttons. To me it's a hindrence. I need better definition.
    >>
    >> I'd like, for example, black text on legal pad yellow menus, with
    >> opposing highlights as I mouse through the items.!
    >>
    >> I feel stupid I can't do this.
    >>
    >> The Win7 OS has become much more textual than graphical, and more
    >> confusing to me, at the moment.
    >>
    >> Who didn't now how to "pin" anything anywhere from WinXP (W2k?)? As if
    >> that's a great breakthrough? Sorry!
    >>
    >> Please help!
    >>
    >> Andy

    >
    > You'll be going back in time! :)
    >
    > The only way I can see to alter the basic things like you want is to
    > change
    > your display theme to Windows Classic. Try this:
    > Right-click on a blank area of your Desktop > Personalize.
    > Scroll down and select the Windows Classic theme.
    > Now below select Window Color and you should be back on familiar ground.
    >
    > (If you choose to keep these settings you will lose the aero/glassy
    > effect.)
    >


    Once in the Windows colour, click advance to get the good old appearance
    dialogue
     
    Trev, Oct 31, 2009
    #3
  4. Andy

    Andy Guest

    "Dave-UK" <Here@home> wrote in
    news::

    >
    > "Andy" <> wrote in message
    > news:Xns9CB4CAB9F9240Cotd@216.196.97.131...
    >> Re-hi!
    >>
    >> I've posted here before, last week, witness the perllogs (oops) post.
    >>
    >> I want to change the colors of the menus/backgrounds/hypertext, some
    >> text sizes, essentially everything! WinXP didn't hide this stuff away
    >> so much!
    >>
    >> I don't understand how MS decided on the baby blue and white
    >> contrasting text and buttons. To me it's a hindrence. I need better
    >> definition.
    >>
    >> I'd like, for example, black text on legal pad yellow menus, with
    >> opposing highlights as I mouse through the items.!
    >>
    >> I feel stupid I can't do this.
    >>
    >> The Win7 OS has become much more textual than graphical, and more
    >> confusing to me, at the moment.
    >>
    >> Who didn't now how to "pin" anything anywhere from WinXP (W2k?)? As
    >> if that's a great breakthrough? Sorry!
    >>
    >> Please help!
    >>
    >> Andy

    >
    > You'll be going back in time! :)
    >
    > The only way I can see to alter the basic things like you want is to
    > change your display theme to Windows Classic. Try this:
    > Right-click on a blank area of your Desktop > Personalize.
    > Scroll down and select the Windows Classic theme.
    > Now below select Window Color and you should be back on familiar
    > ground.
    >
    > (If you choose to keep these settings you will lose the aero/glassy
    > effect.)



    That doesn't give me the "appearance" features I want. That's just a
    blanket 'pizazz" thing. I used to be able to change window borders...
    menu text sizes and fonts... SHIT... you remember!!!

    Can I edit a theme?

    Andy
     
    Andy, Oct 31, 2009
    #4
  5. Andy

    Andy Guest

    "Trev" <> wrote in
    news::

    >
    >
    > "Dave-UK" <Here@home> wrote in message
    > news:...
    >>
    >> "Andy" <> wrote in message
    >> news:Xns9CB4CAB9F9240Cotd@216.196.97.131...
    >>> Re-hi!
    >>>
    >>> I've posted here before, last week, witness the perllogs (oops)
    >>> post.
    >>>
    >>> I want to change the colors of the menus/backgrounds/hypertext, some
    >>> text sizes, essentially everything! WinXP didn't hide this stuff
    >>> away so much!
    >>>
    >>> I don't understand how MS decided on the baby blue and white
    >>> contrasting text and buttons. To me it's a hindrence. I need better
    >>> definition.
    >>>
    >>> I'd like, for example, black text on legal pad yellow menus, with
    >>> opposing highlights as I mouse through the items.!
    >>>
    >>> I feel stupid I can't do this.
    >>>
    >>> The Win7 OS has become much more textual than graphical, and more
    >>> confusing to me, at the moment.
    >>>
    >>> Who didn't now how to "pin" anything anywhere from WinXP (W2k?)? As
    >>> if that's a great breakthrough? Sorry!
    >>>
    >>> Please help!
    >>>
    >>> Andy

    >>
    >> You'll be going back in time! :)
    >>
    >> The only way I can see to alter the basic things like you want is to
    >> change
    >> your display theme to Windows Classic. Try this:
    >> Right-click on a blank area of your Desktop > Personalize.
    >> Scroll down and select the Windows Classic theme.
    >> Now below select Window Color and you should be back on familiar
    >> ground.
    >>
    >> (If you choose to keep these settings you will lose the aero/glassy
    >> effect.)
    >>

    >
    > Once in the Windows colour, click advance to get the good old
    > appearance dialogue



    Trev,

    That's the trick!!! Start>Search>"Windows Color">Change Windows Colors
    and Metrics.

    Now I'm getting somewhere to relieve my tired eyes!!!

    Thanks very much!

    Best,

    Andy
     
    Andy, Oct 31, 2009
    #5
  6. Andy

    Dave-UK Guest

    "Trev" <> wrote in message news:...
    >
    >
    > "Dave-UK" <Here@home> wrote in message
    > news:...
    >>
    >> "Andy" <> wrote in message
    >> news:Xns9CB4CAB9F9240Cotd@216.196.97.131...
    >>> Re-hi!
    >>>
    >>> I've posted here before, last week, witness the perllogs (oops) post.
    >>>
    >>> I want to change the colors of the menus/backgrounds/hypertext, some text
    >>> sizes, essentially everything! WinXP didn't hide this stuff away so much!
    >>>
    >>> I don't understand how MS decided on the baby blue and white contrasting
    >>> text and buttons. To me it's a hindrence. I need better definition.
    >>>
    >>> I'd like, for example, black text on legal pad yellow menus, with
    >>> opposing highlights as I mouse through the items.!
    >>>
    >>> I feel stupid I can't do this.
    >>>
    >>> The Win7 OS has become much more textual than graphical, and more
    >>> confusing to me, at the moment.
    >>>
    >>> Who didn't now how to "pin" anything anywhere from WinXP (W2k?)? As if
    >>> that's a great breakthrough? Sorry!
    >>>
    >>> Please help!
    >>>
    >>> Andy

    >>
    >> You'll be going back in time! :)
    >>
    >> The only way I can see to alter the basic things like you want is to
    >> change
    >> your display theme to Windows Classic. Try this:
    >> Right-click on a blank area of your Desktop > Personalize.
    >> Scroll down and select the Windows Classic theme.
    >> Now below select Window Color and you should be back on familiar ground.
    >>
    >> (If you choose to keep these settings you will lose the aero/glassy
    >> effect.)
    >>

    >
    > Once in the Windows colour, click advance to get the good old appearance
    > dialogue
    >
    >


    That's more like it. Why couldn't they put a nice big button there instead
    of tiny blue writing on a white background! :-(
     
    Dave-UK, Oct 31, 2009
    #6
  7. Andy

    Trev Guest

    "Andy" <> wrote in message news:Xns9CB4D50D8FA20Cotd@216.196.97.131...
    > "Dave-UK" <Here@home> wrote in
    > news::
    >
    >>
    >> "Andy" <> wrote in message
    >> news:Xns9CB4CAB9F9240Cotd@216.196.97.131...
    >>> Re-hi!
    >>>
    >>> I've posted here before, last week, witness the perllogs (oops) post.
    >>>
    >>> I want to change the colors of the menus/backgrounds/hypertext, some
    >>> text sizes, essentially everything! WinXP didn't hide this stuff away
    >>> so much!
    >>>
    >>> I don't understand how MS decided on the baby blue and white
    >>> contrasting text and buttons. To me it's a hindrence. I need better
    >>> definition.
    >>>
    >>> I'd like, for example, black text on legal pad yellow menus, with
    >>> opposing highlights as I mouse through the items.!
    >>>
    >>> I feel stupid I can't do this.
    >>>
    >>> The Win7 OS has become much more textual than graphical, and more
    >>> confusing to me, at the moment.
    >>>
    >>> Who didn't now how to "pin" anything anywhere from WinXP (W2k?)? As
    >>> if that's a great breakthrough? Sorry!
    >>>
    >>> Please help!
    >>>
    >>> Andy

    >>
    >> You'll be going back in time! :)
    >>
    >> The only way I can see to alter the basic things like you want is to
    >> change your display theme to Windows Classic. Try this:
    >> Right-click on a blank area of your Desktop > Personalize.
    >> Scroll down and select the Windows Classic theme.
    >> Now below select Window Color and you should be back on familiar
    >> ground.
    >>
    >> (If you choose to keep these settings you will lose the aero/glassy
    >> effect.)

    >
    >
    > That doesn't give me the "appearance" features I want. That's just a
    > blanket 'pizazz" thing. I used to be able to change window borders...
    > menu text sizes and fonts... SHIT... you remember!!!
    >
    > Can I edit a theme?
    >
    > Andy


    That depends on your Interpretation of Edit
    You will probably need a third party application to create a full theme such
    as windows blinds.
     
    Trev, Oct 31, 2009
    #7
  8. Andy

    Trev Guest

    "Trev" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    >
    >
    > "Andy" <> wrote in message
    > news:Xns9CB4D50D8FA20Cotd@216.196.97.131...
    >> "Dave-UK" <Here@home> wrote in
    >> news::
    >>
    >>>
    >>> "Andy" <> wrote in message
    >>> news:Xns9CB4CAB9F9240Cotd@216.196.97.131...
    >>>> Re-hi!
    >>>>
    >>>> I've posted here before, last week, witness the perllogs (oops) post.
    >>>>
    >>>> I want to change the colors of the menus/backgrounds/hypertext, some
    >>>> text sizes, essentially everything! WinXP didn't hide this stuff away
    >>>> so much!
    >>>>
    >>>> I don't understand how MS decided on the baby blue and white
    >>>> contrasting text and buttons. To me it's a hindrence. I need better
    >>>> definition.
    >>>>
    >>>> I'd like, for example, black text on legal pad yellow menus, with
    >>>> opposing highlights as I mouse through the items.!
    >>>>
    >>>> I feel stupid I can't do this.
    >>>>
    >>>> The Win7 OS has become much more textual than graphical, and more
    >>>> confusing to me, at the moment.
    >>>>
    >>>> Who didn't now how to "pin" anything anywhere from WinXP (W2k?)? As
    >>>> if that's a great breakthrough? Sorry!
    >>>>
    >>>> Please help!
    >>>>
    >>>> Andy
    >>>
    >>> You'll be going back in time! :)
    >>>
    >>> The only way I can see to alter the basic things like you want is to
    >>> change your display theme to Windows Classic. Try this:
    >>> Right-click on a blank area of your Desktop > Personalize.
    >>> Scroll down and select the Windows Classic theme.
    >>> Now below select Window Color and you should be back on familiar
    >>> ground.
    >>>
    >>> (If you choose to keep these settings you will lose the aero/glassy
    >>> effect.)

    >>
    >>
    >> That doesn't give me the "appearance" features I want. That's just a
    >> blanket 'pizazz" thing. I used to be able to change window borders...
    >> menu text sizes and fonts... SHIT... you remember!!!
    >>
    >> Can I edit a theme?
    >>
    >> Andy

    >
    > That depends on your Interpretation of Edit
    > You will probably need a third party application to create a full theme
    > such as windows blinds.
    >

    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-GB/windows7/customize-a-theme
    Any Help
    >
     
    Trev, Oct 31, 2009
    #8
  9. Andy

    Grenou Guest

    "Trev" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    >
    >

    -snip-
    >>>
    >>> Can I edit a theme?
    >>>
    >>> Andy

    >>
    >> That depends on your Interpretation of Edit
    >> You will probably need a third party application to create a full theme
    >> such as windows blinds.
    >>

    > http://windows.microsoft.com/en-GB/windows7/customize-a-theme
    > Any Help
    >>



    Hah, Well done, Trev!
    :)
    Joëlle
     
    Grenou, Nov 1, 2009
    #9
  10. Andy

    JessicaD

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    Andy,
    You can right click on your desktop and select "Personalize." From there you will be able to control entirely the GUI of your Windows 7.
    Also, should you require additional assistance with this process Microsoft does have an official Windows 7 Support Forum located here http://tinyurl.com/9fhdl5. It is supported by product specialists as well as engineers and support teams. You may want to check the threads there for additional support.
    Jessica
    Microsoft Windows Client Team
     
    JessicaD, Nov 3, 2009
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