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    Word 2013 - Color of selected text overlay

    In Word 2013, when you select text, it is overlaid with a pale grey bar. Is there any way to change this overlay to a different color, say pale blue? I ask this because I have a lot of documents with pale grey highlighting; this shows up the same as selected text.

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    If you right click on your Windows desk top and select the appearance option, then the advanced options, you can change the "selection" color to another color. Is this what you want?

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    Thanks kweaver. I don't understand what you are suggesting - in Windows 7, right click on my desktop doesn't bring up any appearance option. I've looked thoroughly through the advanced option within the Word options, but I can't find anything there. My suspicion is that, if the change can be made, it would have to be done in the registry.

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    I'm still running XP (happily). When I right mouse click on my desk top I get Clip1 (attached). Then, Clip2 (attached) to change the "selection". Maybe that's not the same in Windows 7.

    (maybe it's "personalize" when you right click on the Win 7 desktop).
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    Ah yes, I remember those screens. Win 7 doesn't have that - it has "Themes" instead, but they don't give you the same level of control. Whilst those XP edits let you change the fonts and colours in the Windows titles and menus etc, my recollection is that don't they impact what happens inside a programme, eg the way selected text is shown.

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    It changed the color of the selection in Word when I changed it. But, that's in XP. I thought there was still something like that in Win 7.

    See if this works in 7:

    Control Panel > Appearance & Personalization > Personalization >

    and Select Window Color at the Bottom

    Pull up the Drop Down list and select "Selected Items"
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    It is still available in 7 see here. However, it seems to be a victim of the removal of Aero in Win 8!
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    I found it thank you - very well hidden. Unfortunately while it works to change the selected text colour in some programmes, it doesn't appear to work in Word 2013. Office 2013 doesn't seem to follow standard Windows conventions - youonly have to look at it to see how much non-standard layout it has.

    I think we're stuck with the pale gray background for selected text.!

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