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    Explorer and applications white background... how can I change it?

    Hello everyone, this is my first post. I have never created a visual style and my first goal is to change the background of Explorer and the work area of applications like Notepad, Word, etc... from white to a less blinding color (such as a very light orange). My questions are:

    1) There is a good freeware utility to make these changes?

    2) If not, what is the best software to edit my aero msstyles file?

    Thank you in advance!

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    My O.S. is Windows 8.1 and I am able to install custom themes like Toxic by Mr. GRiM and other found on this forum.
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    On Windows 7 there was this program called "Windows7 Folder Background Changer"(http://www.door2windows.com/windows-...indows-7vista/). I used to use that way in the beginning, it worked. Now I just edit the .msstyles in Vista Style Builder, it's much better.
    If you don't want to buy the Style Builder than you can post your msstyles here, maybe I can help you out with editing.

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    So, the only way to edit Windows 8.1 msstyles files is to use Windows Style Builder...

    Thank you Harvey for your offer to edit my aero msstyles, you are very kind! I attach the file to this post. The color that I would like for the Explorer's background and the software's working area is a light orange, such as R=255 G=210 B=166.

    Thanks again!!!

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    Ok so I forgot that we were talking about Windows 8 here and I'm using Windows 7 now. So I modified your .msstyles but I couldn't test it.
    Not sure if it will work correctly, so you'll have to check it yourself.
    If there's a problem I will try to contact someone here to help you out.
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    Hello Harvey, unfortunately your file does not work... but in the meantime I found an old beta version and I did some tests on a virtual machine. And finally, after many, many attempts, I found a way to change the backgrounds of Explorer and applications!!! For those who are interested the items to change are:

    1) Fonts, Colors, & System Metrics -> Fonts & System Metrics = WINDOW:COLOR (change the color of the application's work area).

    2) Explorer & Shell -> Explorer -> Items View -> ItemsView = FILLCOLOR:COLOR (change the color of the right side of Explorer).

    3) Explorer & Shell -> Explorer -> ProperTree -> Background = FILLCOLOR:COLOR (change the color of the left side of Explorer).

    For those who want to create various styles with different backgrounds, I recommend creating a folder for each style (aero2, aero3, aero4, etc ...).

    Thanks for the support and good customization to all of you!!!
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