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I have to keep entering custom colors by hand and its a pain! There has to be a better way to do this -- especially on applications that are using the default color picker...

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From any third party text or image editor -- they always use the default Windows color picker -- is there a way to use better version of this for setting colors --

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closed as off topic by KronoS, Dave M, Mokubai, Brad Patton, 8088 Apr 12 '13 at 2:40

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Maybe if you better defined the process with which you are using the color picker, someone might be able to suggest something. But just to replace the color picker altogether, I don't see a way to replace that particular control (though I could be wrong). –  MaQleod Oct 4 '11 at 18:02
    
Note that – at least I assume so – this question was closed for asking for product recommendations. The answers are all just links to third party color pickers. –  slhck Apr 21 '13 at 8:10
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Try PasteColor. I made it exactly for the same purpose. PasteColor is a Windows color picker helper tool that helps you copy or paste color values with ease.

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Read this post, you must. Also be careful about promoting your own products. It's fine once in a while, just make sure that you don't spam other questions with your product(s). Oh and welcome to Super User! :) –  KronoS Apr 11 '13 at 19:56
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I used Jovian briefly for the ten free color selections it allows you in the trial. I installed it while Eclipse was up and running, because it was a pain trying to copy hex color codes from a web page into the Windows color picker that only takes RGB values. Once Jovian was installed, I didn't have to restart Eclipse or anything, I just hit a button to select a color in Eclipse like usual, and the Windows color picker showed up for a second before suddenly disappearing and the Jovian picker was there instead--so I think this is what you're looking for.

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I like Iconico's ColorPic. Its free and works on all versions of windows. The UI is slightly awkward. You have to alt-G (for grab) to toggle capture, move to that pixel and (alt-G) to finalize the capture. Once a color is captured

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