What I need to change is the color of the black letters in the property window:

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I think that I need to add or modify a key here:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Colors

Or here:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\Colors

In this publication are documented all (or I think that are all) the possible customization values, this way I've found and modified the background color of the properties window, but I can't find any value related to set the color of the letters inside the properties window, I would like to set the letters to a light color (white).

I would like to automate this task via Registry, but this can be done via Registry?, if not, what other solution exist?


This is the result that I expect, and I need to do this without enabling the HighContast parameter in the .Theme file, I know that I need to modify the .msstyle file, but the 3rd party theme that I'm using is not mine so I don't know how to edit the file and where is the value to change the textcolor:

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The value you're looking for is ButtonText It has a type of REG_SZ (string value)

You should take a look here to see how you can achieve this by creating a custom theme from scratch.

However, make sure that your theme is a HighContrast one or else the color change won't take effect. Here's a sample theme that sets the ButtonText value to 0 0 255 which makes everything look Blue.

DisplayName=Sample Theme

[Control Panel\Colors]
ButtonText=0 0 255

[Control Panel\Desktop]



Save that as a ".theme" file and apply it by double clicking on the file. enter image description here

  • I never thought I could fix this, my eyes will be eternally grateful with you :). Mar 14, 2014 at 18:47
  • Really is not wha I'm lookin for... If I change that value then it affects also to a lot of my applications also to StackOverflow pages, the buttons of SO are just empty in high-constrast... this is so ugly, please could you tell me how to do it with a non-highcontrast theme? Mar 14, 2014 at 19:00
  • all the software installed on my computer looks really bad in high-contrast and my eyes cant more using this :(. I just want to change the color of the letters inside the properties page like others 3rd party themes can do without needing to set High-contrast. Mar 14, 2014 at 19:02
  • I'm sorry, I don't know of a way to change that without enabling high contrast mode. UXTheme Patcher might help though windowsxlive.net/uxtheme-multi-patcher
    – Vinayak
    Mar 15, 2014 at 13:54
  • I'm already using the UXTheme Patcher :( thanks for your help Mar 15, 2014 at 16:15

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