Results 1 to 11 of 11
  1. #1
    2 Star Lounger
    Join Date
    Jan 2001
    Location
    Portland, Maine, USA
    Posts
    173
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Designed on Windows XP, colors look diff on win2k (XP/ SP-1)

    Does everyone else have the same issue as me? I've recently created a great looking database in Access XP Dev on a system running Windows XP Pro. Everything looked great until I put it on a system that was using Windows 2000. All the colors are off! Something that was a tanish color on my WinXP system is a dark gray on a windows 2000 system. I know you can change your windows preferences and themes but this is happening on all systems that I put the database on.

    How do you all handle these issues??? It is frustrated to have it complete and looking pretty on WinXP but have to completely modify it to look pretty on Win2K!
    Thanks for any insight.

    Don

  2. #2
    Plutonium Lounger
    Join Date
    Mar 2002
    Posts
    84,353
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 29 Times in 29 Posts

    Re: Designed on Windows XP, colors look diff on win2k (XP/ SP-1)

    If you give the detail section etc. a negative BackColor value for such as -2147483633, you are using system colors as set in the Display control panel. The color will look different on different systems. If you set a non-negative BackColor value, you are using "literal colors"; except for differences in video card and monitor quality and calibration, such colors should look the same on all systems.

  3. #3
    Plutonium Lounger
    Join Date
    Dec 2000
    Location
    Sacramento, California, USA
    Posts
    16,775
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post

    Re: Designed on Windows XP, colors look diff on win2k (XP/ SP-1)

    Since a "tanish" color is probably a custom color, it may not translate properly on other systems. That is exactly the reason I stick to the basic gray for my forms, with a minimum of color, and I never use custom colors, having learned long ago that what looks good on one system can be eye-watering on another. <img src=/S/shrug.gif border=0 alt=shrug width=39 height=15>
    Charlotte

  4. #4
    2 Star Lounger
    Join Date
    Jan 2001
    Location
    Portland, Maine, USA
    Posts
    173
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Re: Designed on Windows XP, colors look diff on win2k (XP/ SP-1)

    I too try to stay away from an excess use of color on my forms, but take for example the standard access tab control. It is the "tanish" color that I was refering to in my earlier thread. I like to sometimes match other controls to this back color, but on Win2k still different. Actually even the tab control itself changes from a tanish color on a WinXP machine to a dark gray on Win2K. I usually use a color picker to get the RGB values for the color of tab control and then use these numbers as a custom color for the controls that I want to match. Do you know how I can set the controls that I want to match to the same color as the tab control and have them too change to a gray on Win2K??

    Thanks for your comment.
    Don

  5. #5
    Plutonium Lounger
    Join Date
    Dec 2000
    Location
    Sacramento, California, USA
    Posts
    16,775
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post

    Re: Designed on Windows XP, colors look diff on win2k (XP/ SP-1)

    Um, the standard Access tab control *is* gray, not tan, on any machine I've ever seen. <img src=/S/confused.gif border=0 alt=confused width=15 height=20> The system background color, which is what I use for anything I want to match is -2147483633, which uses whatever is set in Windows system settings. That would at least keep everything the *same* color. <img src=/S/shrug.gif border=0 alt=shrug width=39 height=15>
    Charlotte

  6. #6
    2 Star Lounger
    Join Date
    Jan 2001
    Location
    Portland, Maine, USA
    Posts
    173
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Re: Designed on Windows XP, colors look diff on win2k (XP/ SP-1)

    I will take your advice and stick with the system setting gray color. Which by the way, changes to tan when your system is set to "Windows XP Style" which is the default for Windows XP. I just changed my windows appearance from Windows XP Style for Windows and buttons to Windows Classic Style. This will work...

    Thanks Charlotte!
    Don

  7. #7
    2 Star Lounger
    Join Date
    Jan 2001
    Location
    Portland, Maine, USA
    Posts
    173
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Re: Designed on Windows XP, colors look diff on win2k (XP/ SP-1)

    Since the tab control and many other controls use the system colors and some don't let you change this, I guess I'm going to stick with system colors from now on.

    Thanks for the reply Hans.
    Don

  8. #8
    Bronze Lounger
    Join Date
    Jan 2001
    Location
    Alzano Lombardo, Italy
    Posts
    1,483
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    [quote name='charlotte' post='341471' date='10-Feb-2004 06:12']Um, the standard Access tab control *is* gray, not tan, on any machine I've ever seen. <img src=/S/confused.gif border=0 alt=confused width=15 height=20> The system background color, which is what I use for anything I want to match is -2147483633, which uses whatever is set in Windows system settings. That would at least keep everything the *same* color. <img src=/S/shrug.gif border=0 alt=shrug width=39 height=15>[/quote]
    What's the RGB function equivalent to -2147483633? I find it odd that none of the shades of gray you see in the conditional formatting palette matches -2147483633

  9. #9
    Plutonium Lounger
    Join Date
    Mar 2002
    Posts
    84,353
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 29 Times in 29 Posts
    -2147483633 is a system color, not an RGB color. What it looks like, depends on the user's Windows theme and its customizations.

    It corresponds to vbButtonFace, i.e. the color for 3D objects such as command buttons.

    If I have set buttons to be gray, -2147483633 will be gray on my system. If you have set buttons to be fuchsia, -2147483633 will be fuchsia on your system.

  10. #10
    Bronze Lounger
    Join Date
    Jan 2001
    Location
    Alzano Lombardo, Italy
    Posts
    1,483
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    [quote name='HansV' post='775230' date='14-May-2009 18:52']-2147483633 is a system color, not an RGB color. What it looks like, depends on the user's Windows theme and its customizations.

    It corresponds to vbButtonFace, i.e. the color for 3D objects such as command buttons.

    If I have set buttons to be gray, -2147483633 will be gray on my system. If you have set buttons to be fuchsia, -2147483633 will be fuchsia on your system.[/quote]
    Thank you Hans :-)
    I've implemented your suggestion in the Current event of the startup form for the attached mdb but why can't I get the WordCount text box forecolor to blend with the backcolor when the condition is verified so that the text box effectively disappears?
    Attached Files Attached Files

  11. #11
    Plutonium Lounger
    Join Date
    Mar 2002
    Posts
    84,353
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 29 Times in 29 Posts
    Because disabling the control changes the formatting.

    There is no need to set conditional formatting in the On Current event, you only need to do it once, either interactively or in the On Open or On Load event of the form.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •