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    Font sizes and colours in menus, etc (XP any)

    I've partly been here before, asking about desktop icon caption shadowing, but I'd like to ask a more general question, namely:

    Can anyone point to a definitive list of the various locations where the font name/typeface, font point size, font text colour, and background (where applicable) are set, and thus can be changed, for:
    a) the desktop
    [img]/forums/images/smilies/cool.gif[/img] WIndows Explorer (toolbars, menus, etc)
    c) Internet Explorer (toolbars, menus, web page displays (I know this one!), and so on)
    d) Outlook Express (as for Internet Explorer)
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    For example, there are at least five different areas in Outlook Express whose typeface and font size can (potentially) be changed.

    On the Desktop, Bruce has said how you can remove the tick in the tick box in front of "Use drop shadows for icon labels on the desktop" to change from a thin black 8-pt font to a thicker white shadowed font on a greyish background (and sometime vice versa, it seems!).
    But on my home XP box the "thin black font" is a "thicker white font, without any shadowing" (can't remember whether the box is ticked or not!).

    Note that I would like the standard WIndows XP-only locations, if at all possible -- I'm aware that products like TweakUI and third party ones can do some of these modifications.

    Look forward to suggestions from the "usual suspects"!! Thanks!
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    Re: Font sizes and colours in menus, etc (XP any)

    Hi, John ~

    The parts of the GUI that can be changed readily in font, color and weight are located 'Display Properties' > 'Appearance' tab > 'Advanced' button > drop-down box under 'Item'. The fields to the right and below that become active after selecting an item are editable.

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    Re: Font sizes and colours in menus, etc (XP any)

    Thanks for the information, Bruce.

    Certainly the results from "Use drop shadows for icon labels on the desktop'" seems to be fairly anomalous, in that the text colour seems to change from black to white (or vice versa) for no obvious reason!

    I was hoping that someone had a Definitive List of which areas/fields could be changed, and exactly where they were changed from...
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    Re: Font sizes and colours in menus, etc (XP any)

    I used to have a complete xref for these, back with windows 3.1, including all the "pull the spaghetti here and that bit over there moves too", and undocumented settings.

    But that was back in the days when all the magic was done via ini files. When the settings migrated to the registry I lost track of them, and like you, have failed to find comprehensive information about them. I do hope someone can shed a bright light into this dark corner.
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