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    How to change Win8.1 colors as in Win7?

    I'm new to Windows 8.1, after using Win7 for many years.

    This may be a silly question, but I'm not being able to solve my doubt.

    I hate the paper white color on my Windows 8.1 Excel, Word, Outlook documents and e-mails, not to mention others.
    The white background on these documents hurt and tire my eyes.

    When using Win7, it was very easy to change the white background for the legal pad yellow, my choice color for documents.
    All you had to do was to right-click the desktop, go to Personalization<>Window Color<>Advanced Configurations, and voilá.

    How can I do the same in Windows 8.1?

    Any help will be much appreciated.

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    I'm assuming your using either, office 365 or office 2013. Natively, there are only 3 colors that MS has installed to let the consumer change....white, lt.grey and drk grey. This can only be done in one of the office programs. Once you have the desired program of office open, the click the file tab, and then general settings, then scroll down till you see "personalize your copy of office", then select one of the 3 choices.

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    Win8.1 - How to change colors as in Win7?

    .....I'm assuming your using either, office 365 or office 2013.


    Hi bassfisher6522,

    I have Office 2010 installed on my laptop (Win7-32bits).
    The Office 2010 Home and Business suits me fine.

    I have moved recently to a new town, and can't find my original Office 2010 (64bits) CD/DVD to install on my new DELL (64bits) notebook.
    I will find the CD, but in the meantime I was getting to know Win8.1 Pro, when found the problem customizing the colors.

    By what you wrote, I understand that I will not have the legal pad yellow color I use for about 20 years, to replace the white background color of my EXCEL, WORD, OUTLOOK, etc sheets.

    Is that right?

    Thanks for your help.

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    This may help you do need to use regedit to fine this

    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Colors]
    "Window"="255 255 255"
    "GradientInactiveTitle"="215 228 242"
    "TitleText"="0 0 0"
    "ButtonAlternateFace"="0 0 0"
    "HotTrackingColor"="0 102 204"
    "InactiveTitleText"="0 0 0"
    "ActiveBorder"="180 180 180"
    "ActiveTitle"="153 180 209"
    "ButtonShadow"="160 160 160"
    "InactiveTitle"="191 205 219"
    "Menu"="240 240 240"
    "ButtonDkShadow"="105 105 105"
    "HilightText"="255 255 255"
    "ButtonText"="0 0 0"
    "GrayText"="109 109 109"
    "InfoText"="0 0 0"
    "MenuText"="0 0 0"
    "MenuHilight"="51 153 255"
    "Hilight"="51 153 255"
    "Background"="0 0 0"
    "AppWorkspace"="171 171 171"
    "ButtonLight"="227 227 227"
    "GradientActiveTitle"="185 209 234"
    "WindowFrame"="100 100 100"
    "InfoWindow"="255 255 225"
    "MenuBar"="240 240 240"
    "Scrollbar"="200 200 200"
    "ButtonFace"="240 240 240"
    "WindowText"="0 0 0"
    "ButtonHilight"="255 255 255"
    "InactiveBorder"="244 247 252"

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    3 Star Lounger amflores's Avatar
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    Hello Smithdoor,

    Thanks a lot!!!
    Why I didn't think about tweakin the registry?
    If, at least, some of these colors are not my preferred ones, I will change their settings.
    Nice help.
    Cheers,
    Flores
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    I'm sure that many people would like to be able to change colours in Win 8 and Excel2013/365. However, i'm not happy in making so many changes directly into the registry. Is anyone aware of an add-on or some such, either paid or free-ware. Is anyone aware of the likely situation for Win 9?

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