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I've had this problem a long time: I can't see the scrollbar position unless I directly focus on it with my eyes. So it takes a while to scan the location with my eyes if the scrollbar movable object size is really tiny.

How do I customize the color on default Windows XP theme to make it more noticeable for my eyes?

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  • In the Apperance Tab, Choose Windows XP Style, and choose the color scheme, either Olive green, silver or blue. It will change scrollbar color along with window.

  • Add Custom Themes, some of them will change the color of the scroll bars.


1) Download and install StyleBuilder. The software is a 30-day trial version.

2) Open it. In the left-most side make sure blue is selected (since you don't want to change your theme).

3) In the middle of the screen you will see a window, just click on the scroll of the window, the image will be highlighted on the right-most window.

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4) Now right click on the image (in the right-most pane) and edit using the 1st option.

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5) You will be presented with screen like the following.

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6) Paint the first three images, after which your scrollbar should look like this.

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Go to the Files menu and save it. Close the editor.

7) Now you will notice that the window in the middle has a black vertical-scrollbar like this.

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8) Click on Apply.

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9) You will be asked to enter a name for the new style.

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10) You are done. This is my "My Computer Window", see the changes. Similarly you can change the color of the horizontal scrollbar.

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i dont want to mess the theme im using, only want to change one color. – Neeb Sep 13 '10 at 23:08
If Black Color is OK then I can tell you how you can do it. – subanki Sep 14 '10 at 5:07
ok tell how to make black – Neeb Sep 14 '10 at 11:13
doesnt work on my XP version, it switches the style to win98 style when i apply. – Neeb Sep 16 '10 at 11:20
which version of xp u using is it any hacked version of xp ?? – subanki Sep 16 '10 at 12:46

Start, Control Panel, Display, Appearance Tab.

Click the Advanced button.

You're looking for the "3D Objects" item. However, you won't be able to customize it very much.

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+1 - It will also change the color of the window borders and buttons. – JNK Sep 13 '10 at 18:33
This only works with the classic scheme. The XP theme won't work with this except for programs that open without themes (like the command prompt). Another alternative could be using a high-contrast scheme. – TuxRug Sep 13 '10 at 18:39
Yeah TuxRug is right, It doesn't work for the scroll bars :| – subanki Sep 13 '10 at 18:40
i dont want to mess the theme im using, only want to change one color. Isnt there any program or hack possibility to twiddle those colors somehow? Just ONE color... – Neeb Sep 13 '10 at 23:09

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