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Changing colour of desktop shortcut text?

Q: Changing colour of desktop shortcut text?

I was wondering if it was possible to change the colour of the text under desktop icons from the default white to something else.

I have some cool NASCAR-related wallpapers from my drivers' sites, but if I try to use them, the writing becomes hard to see because the white of the text for the icons doesn't stand out at all.

Is it possible to make the shortcut text a different colour besides white? If so, how do I go about doing that?


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A: Changing colour of desktop shortcut text?

See if the following helps:

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Hi, does anybody know how to adjust text size, colour etc. in dropdown menus.
Cheers xpvista (actually it's John but surpisingly that user name was already taken)

A:Changing text size and colour in menus

Hi John,

Here's a great tutorial for editing your default Windows fonts. Enjoy!


Windows Outreach Team

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I am using Access 2003 and would like to be able to change the text colour of one field in a sub form according to the content of another field. Does anyone know of any code that would allow me to do this?

A:Solved: Changing Text Colour in An Access Sub Form

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Hi all.
I almost solved all my problems with windows 7, but this i think is the last one. I got a white picture on my desktop, but the font under my icons is also white, so i almost cant read what it says, so i want to turn it black. How do i change the colour?
Thanks in advance (dunno if it's called that in english)

A:Changing font colour on desktop

Quote: Originally Posted by duustheboy

Hi all.
I almost solved all my problems with windows 7, but this i think is the last one. I got a white picture on my desktop, but the font under my icons is also white, so i almost cant read what it says, so i want to turn it black. How do i change the colour?
Thanks in advance (dunno if it's called that in english)

If I understand your question correctly, right click on desktop, click on personalize and then click change desktop or color.

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Yes I realize this is a very dumb question XDD. I still need an answer.

I've went to -->Properties-->Display and still can't find where you specifically change the font colour on the desktop.

A:Changing font colour on the desktop

- and I'm using Windows XP Home Edition if that changes anything.

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Let's say, for example, I had an icon on my desktop for My Documents. Is there any way to make the text "My Documents" black instead of white, because I cant see the white text on my white desktop picture.

A:Any way to change the text colour of desktop icons?

The only way I know how to change the icon background color is: Under
'display properties' check "apearance" then check "desktop" and change the color there. It will also change the background color of your wallpaper if you don't have a picture there.

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I have forgotten how to change the text colour, of the icons on the desktop. I can not find it in Display Properties but may have missed it. Can someone please remind me how to do this.

Thanks and Happy Easter

A:Basic Question: How to change text colour on the desktop (Win XP)

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Hi , how do I change ther colour of the highlighted text box under my desktop icons ? Ive tried a few things but cant seem to find the right option.

A:Solved: Changing Desktop icon highlight colour

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After saving an image file to my desktop, the Desktop Icons appearance has changed.
Can you tell me how to get rid of the blue background which suddenly appeared behind all my desktop icons and the text with them?

It was originally clear, see through, before I performed the actions below.
See this text below, that was copied from the dialog box which appeared when I tried to copy an image to the desktop.
As it says, it asked me if I wanted to add this image to my Active Desktop, I needed to save a copy.
Do you want to continue? I then clicked on Yes.

Active Desktop
In order to add this item to your Active Desktop, you need to save a copy of the picture.

Do you want to continue?
Yes No

The image, a photo that I've transferred from my digital camera, placed it onto a word document, then I took a copy from the word document to the desktop. But immediately after that, all the icons then ended up with the text having a bright blue background.

I have tried going into Control Panel and fiddling around with all the options in the Display tab, but all I can do is change that colour, not remove it. I want to change it back to the way it was, no colour, just text clear on the wallpaper screen.

I can attach a file copy of my desktop showing you the way it now is.
The image file icon saved to the desktop is a .jpg and you can see it there at the bottom of 4th column of icons. Thi... Read more

A:A Background Colour has suddenly appeared on all my Desktop Icons description text.

Hi Suzee3 !

Right-click my computer => properties=> advanced => settings under performances => tick "use dropdown shadows for icon labels". Then right-click an unused place on the desktop => arrange icons by => untick "lock web items".

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Apologies if this is a simple one, but I can't work out how to do it & any help would be much appreciated.. I'm using Classic Start Menu 4.2.1 if that makes any difference.

A:Autohide text on Desktop shortcut's?

You can't have without some name. Only way I know is to make the name something almost invisible, like a comma for instance.

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While trying to save an embedded excel file onto my desktop all of the text boxes for my desktop shortcuts became non see through, so I could no longer see the desktop background through them.

My operating system is Windows XP.

How can I get them to return to see through again?

A:Desktop shortcut text boxes are no longer see through

wheelica, Follow the instructions at the link below.


Also right click your Desktop, choose Properties, under the Desktop tab click the Customize Desktop button, under the Web tab make sure that everything is unchecked, click OK/Apply/OK.


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Hi all!

I would like to add some web Shortcuts to my desktop and then change the icon so it shows a graphic for what the item is. I know how to add a web site short to the desktop, but the icon is just generic. For example, say I want to add an web shortcut for Taco Bell and for UCLA (for example). I add the short cuts to the desktop, then I want to make the generic icons look like Taco Bell's bell logo and UCLA's mascot (a bruin). I assume there is an easy way to do this because I have seen these; I am just clueless on how to do it. Can you point me in the right direction, please? Thanks!!

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When I select a shortcut icon and go to change it by right clicking on it, then clicking on properties,and then in web document, I click on change icon and on some of the icons I only get five icons to pick from and not the usual larger amount of icons.

This is the address shown for the five icons shown for the five icons.

C:\Windows\System32\url.dll ................................. Only five icons

And on some shortcuts, I get the normal amount of icons
%SystemRoot%\system32\SHELL32.dll................ This one has all the icons which is normal.

Please help. Thank you.

A:How do I fix changing my desktop shortcut icons...?

Hi and welcome to the Forum. It depends which icons you wish to change! What type of shortcut is it, a web site or a program or perhaps a shortcut to a folder or file?

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I was able to right-click a shortcut to a file on my desktop, click properties then change the icon. Its not working like that now. The icon won't change.
Also, I use to have an Icon changer and manager program years ago. What do you suggest as a new program today that will change and manage my icons?
Thank you!

A:Changing Desktop File Shortcut Icons

Microangelo Toolset.

Home of Microangelo: The Grand Daddy of Icon Software

I bought it a long time ago.
Wonderful for doing icon stuff.

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Is there anyway to change the font for the icons located on the desktop? Thanks

A:Changing desktop icon text?


Are you refering to the name of that icon or the style of font?

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Does anyone know how to make a shortcut on my desktop that would allow me to click on it and have the video mode changed to 256 Colour on the fly....

the reason is simple..i have a few old games i still like to play and they can only run in 256 colour mode.....

maybe there is a shortcut someone can write down that I can put in the target property..



A:256 Colour Desktopn shortcut


Are you running XP ?

this is from the Help center
"To switch your display to 256 colors
Some games and other software programs require that your monitor be set to 256 colors, or they run better in 256 colors. Many of those programs will switch your monitor to 256 colors automatically when you start the program. For those that don't, follow the steps below if you want to switch the display temporarily while the game or program is running.

On your desktop or on the Start menu, right-click the game or other program that you want to run in 256 colors, and then click Properties.
Click the Compatibility tab.
Select the Run in 256 colors check box.

The screen will revert to your default color quality when you close the program.
Try switching to 256 colors if your software program shows the wrong color or the graphics redraw slowly.
If your software program appears in a small window in the center of your screen, you can increase its size by changing your screen resolution temporarily. Follow the procedure above, but in step 3 select the Run in 640x480 screen resolution check box. Your screen resolution will revert to its previous resolution when you close the program.
The Compatibility tab is available only for programs or games located on your computer's hard disk. It is not available if the program is stored on a floppy disk, compact disk, or a network."
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I know this seems simple at first glance but I don't know anyone with a solution. I want to be able to have my file names in multiple colours. In the same way windows can show system compressed files in blue and regular files in black. i.e. I want *.exe files in red, *.zip files in blue & *.mp3 in green. In the same folder?

To take is one step further, *.mp3 (Podcasts) I have listend to in green & *.mp3 (podcasts) I need to listen to in red.

Its got to be a reg tweek or something but i can't find it. Anyone able to do this with out writting or using any 3rd party applications.

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How do I change the title bar text colour?

I can change all the other font colours in Advanced Appearance Settings, but not for a maximized box (only for non-maximized).

Am I missing something obvious? I've got a blue colour scheme and would like to change the title bar text to white.

As I said, it's only maximized boxes which I can't alter.

A:Title bar text colour

Hello Charles,

Are you referring to the Windows Basic or Classic theme?

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I am using windows 7, internet explorer and orange e-mail.
I am wanting to send a friend a reply consisting of his many questions and my replies.
I would like it to be formatted like this
and so on
Is this possible? There are no obvious boxes like the A above that let me change the font colour so I have been trying to use embedded codes but without luck.
Anyone any idea how this can be done?


A:can I colour the text in an e-mail?

what application do you use for email?

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Hi Everyone,

I've just installed a new HDD and the drive letter E: and all the folders and files are in blue text. Would someone please tell me how I can change it back to black text? Thanks.



A:Text Colour of Folders

the reason it is in blue text is because windows xp has compressed the files and folders.

ie when the name of files is blue they are compressed

you can change seeing this in the folder options i think

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I recently did a fresh install of xp pro sp3 and when running Internet explorer 8, the background on all websites are white and the text colour is blue. Other than that all looks like it use to. I haven?t changed any settings or so and I have no clue what could cause this. I haven?t tried to reinstall IE8 yet. Anyone have other suggestions?

A:[SOLVED] Text and background colour not right in IE8

I'm not sure if this is the solution but did you install the drivers for your graphics or did you just rely on XP's native drivers?

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I think I don't miss the window border transparency, it didn't help readability anyway (in fact it mostly made it worse) and it's not so extremely beautiful that I'd want to keep it. But what is still bugging me is that the text colour of the window title bar is always black. No matter how dark the frame colour is. Aero still tried in vain to make it more visible by painting some white glow behind it, but Win8 doesn't even do that. Set a black window frame colour and you won't see any window titles at all! I consider this a major design flaw. So is it possible now to change the text colour (for active windows only!) from black to white? Just as it has been the last 30 years? I'm very much used to inverted colours for the active window because that makes it very clear which window is active. Though it is easier in Win8 to tell active and inactive windows apart, I still want to use white-on-darkblue active captions.

BTW, I noticed the automatic window frame colour adapting to the wallpaper image, but that's exactly what I do not want to have. First, the frame colour should not change, and second, it should have some contrast to its surroundings.

Adding this to the lack of configuration settings for other parts of the UI, it seems Microsoft doesn't want us to customise things at all. Just like every computer in the world should look and behave exactly the same. But wait, isn't that what Apple already did? Do I really need to move on to Linux to configure the UI like XP allowed... Read more

A:Change title bar text colour?

Windows 8 Desktop UI - Change Title Text Color?

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I Want to Change Text Colour on Active Window to White (Red Square) and Keep Black Text Colour on Inactive Window (Blue Square)

Can I Do That ?

A:Can I Change Text Colour in Title Bar ?


Microsoft knows best.

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I want to insert revision text in draft documents in blue.

I found a suggestion for a suitable macro:

Dim oRng As Range
Dim oChange As Revision
Dim bTrack As Boolean
bTrack =ActiveDocument.TrackRevisions
ActiveDocument.TrackRevisions = False
For Each oChange In ActiveDocumentRevisions
(indented) Set oRng = oChange.Range
(indented) oChange.Accept
(indented) oRng.Font.Color = wdColorBlue
Next oChange
ActiveDocument.TrackRevisions = bTrack

I assigned the macro to F11.

However, pressing F11 just prints the macro text instead of allowing me to type my revision in blue.

I have no idea what might be the cause of this failure.

With thanks for any pointers.

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Hi there,
I'm having a problem with my Outlook Express in my Win Xp home. I couldn't see any colour text in my OE. When i change my text colour in any mails, what i see is black. There isn't any colour appear on my OE. This happens even when i receive email, any colour text just doesn't appear in my outlook express. All i see is just black colour. Anyway i can reset my entire OE? I tried remove it and re-install it but it's just the same..

A:Outlook Express with no text colour

The first step to repairing OE is to Run the System File Checker

Go to the Run box on the Start Menu and type in:

sfc /scannow ( sfc if not reconized) (Note that there is a space between sfc and /scannow)

This command will immediately initiate the Windows File Protection service to scan all protected files and verify their integrity, replacing any files with which it finds a problem.

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I was going through Lock Screen settings the other day but I cant find any way to change the Time/Date from the default White, is this possible ?

A:Lock Screen Text Colour

Not sure about which phone you have Stephanie
this link is for Iphone How to Change?*the iPhone Lock Screen

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Is there a way that I can change the colour of the typeset (ie print) underneath each of my desktop icons.

At the moment every icon has a blue blob of colour with white print indicating what programme it relates to (I.E/Winzip/O/E etc.

Can I change the block of colour and the print colour.?



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Hi from yesterday night all of a sudden, when i was working my Screen started changing colours to Pink, Light Green. So is there any fix about this problem? Please Help!http://tinypic.com/r/invay9/9Lenovo Y 50-70, O.S-Windows 10.1, BIOS Version- 3.0
Mod's Edit: System model added to front of Subject line to improve visibility / clarity.

A:Y50-70 - Display Colour Changing

Good day.Please provide more information about your system (model, OS, recent updates, etc), otherwise it will be difficult for the community to assist you. We will also be able to confirm that your post is in the proper forum.Regards.

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Is there an easy way to change the colour of my folders in XP?

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As standard when you download something, the pop-up box is gray and the status bar is blue.

Is there any way that the colour scheme etc can be changed to your own preference ?

Also, can similar be done for a website that has a particular colour scheme (My new site will be in colours of black (#000000) and green (#009900) ? ? ? ?

A:changing colour of download box etc

My progress bars, download bars, and title areas are the same color as my "Active Title Bar" = Red. The box itself is gray, though. All my programs that have progress-indicator functions are red, like when Norton scans emails, the bar is red, and its title area is also red. Everything uses that color when they do their things! When they load up, when they get updates, I can see any color I want. If I changed my "Active Title Bar" to light green, all my progress bars and title bars would be light green, etc.. .You can make it any color in the palette.

The "Active Title Bar" color setting is in Control Panel>Display>Appearance>Advanced>..click "Item">scroll up for "Active Title Bar" & highlight it = under the "Color One" and "Color Two" boxes, pick your color. (I pick the same color for both boxes, I think it looks better). There are some other things there that might change the gray but I don't know - things like "Application Background", "Messge Box" - ?

If you do this, be aware that the main thing it does is change the color the color of your Internet Explorer main title bar. But it will look neato! (And you can make your Inactive Title Bar a color too - mine is light purple.)

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When I wanted to change my desktop wallpaper and also the taskbar colour.
I click on the theme I want, then I see the taskbar not changing.
Then I click on Window Colour : http://i.imgur.com/u4FIU.png
Then I get this : http://i.imgur.com/TCYdt.png
But I should get this : http://www.google.com.sg/search?q=wi...dhgcn3Ueqq_1M:
Could anyone tell me the solution to fix this?


A:Taskbar colour is not changing !

For you to get the "Window Color and Appearance" window that you show in google is to have Windows 7 selected in Aero themes (personalization window). You have "One Piece Theme" selected. This may be causing your issue.

See if you can change the taskbar color with "Windows 7" as your Aero theme. Then select "One Piece Theme" and see if the taskbar stays the color you changed it to.

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I am slowing getting use to windows 8, however I haven't been able to change the window colour. As I am dyslexic I need my background colour for each application to be blue but I can't see how to do this with windows 8. I have followed the process on how to change it with windows 7 but there are no advance settings in the color option. Can anyone help.


A:Help!!! changing the window colour

I would like to do this also. The bright white color is annoying. Also can the scrollbar color be changed?

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Hi from yesterday night all of a sudden, when i was working my Screen started changing colours to Pink, Light Green. So is there any fix about this problem? Please Help!http://tinypic.com/r/invay9/9Lenovo Y 50-70, O.S-Windows 10.1, BIOS Version- 3.0

A:Display Colour Changing

Good day.Please provide more information about your system (model, OS, recent updates, etc), otherwise it will be difficult for the community to assist you. We will also be able to confirm that your post is in the proper forum.Regards.

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Hey guys I've been using the same old grey colour since Win95 and would like a different colour. What's the best way of going about it? I've just installed the XP Zune theme from Microsoft from here: go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=75078 and it looks pretty good but does it use up more memory or CPU time than the classic theme?


A:Changing colour of XP taskbar?

Have you been in display options right click desktop and choose properties

See what you can change

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i want to change the back ground colour of my MFC application and want that it should not change if i take my application to any other Pc
any easy method to do this



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When I open a program, regardless of what it is, my monitor tints everything slightly green. If I close or minimise everything the green tint disappears. It's not a problem at this point so much as a concern that my fairly recently purchased monitor might be dying. However, it's really strange that the green tint only appears when a window is open. Would it be fair to say that my monitor is dying, or could it be a software problem of some kind?

A:Monitor changing colour


It is possible that the monitor is going bad, but I would check the video card driver first. You might want to update it.

If possible, check the monitor on a second system and see if it does it. I have seen it work both ways... One time the monitor was actually bad, but the other time, it was just the video card driver.

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I have noticed over the last day or two that when I am browsing the internet the entire screen is changing coulours slightly.

As I am writing this now the white background on to which I am typing as is changing between white and a very pale blue hue a bit like the colour of the scrollbars on the forum only lighter.

Everything else on the screen is also changing from its original colour to this pale blue as well.

It is doing this every 1-2 seconds.

It does not do it on the windows screen and I have not tried playing a game so I don't know if games are effected.

Can anybody help please?

I am a beginner with computing

A:Screen changing colour

It's possible your browser has been hijacked and you are running a dodgy .css filke that can cause these symptoms, to check this out please
Go to http://www.tomcoyote.org/hjt/ , and download 'Hijack This!'.
Unzip, doubleclick HijackThis.exe, and hit "Scan".

When the scan is finished, the "Scan" button will change into a "Save Log" button.
Press that, save the log somewhere, and please copy & paste its contents to the forum.

It will possibly show other issues deserving our attention, but most of what it lists will be harmless or even required, so do NOT fix anything yet.
Someone here will be happy to help you analyze the results.

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Hi guys n girls,

I have for ever got sick and tired of right click -> open Send to Menu and creating a Desktop Shortcut for a file or app....then needing to go to the Desktop right click the newly made shortcut and then removing the trailing file extension, dash and words shortcut in brackets. If you are like me and you want a solution where you just right click -. Create shortcut and forget and not need to do anymore then look no further.

I have small AutoIT app (compiled script) that does exactly that.

Desktop (create shortcut).au3 SHA1 - 630A9CE23BF669035EEB089C2948BBD8B38BB505
Desktop (create shortcut).exe SHA1 - 829518AD4233E59D686822D960AAC71405D57CCD
Desktop (create shortcut).ico SHA1 - 16239287978841199F8A2FC56AA36EE55F197083

Download Link Desktop (create shortcut).zip

Virustotal readout - God knows why anyone would use any of the virus scanners flagging AutoIT as a virus. This indicates to me that they are merely only searching for header info and not actually decyphering any of the code. That should be alarming to anyone. Anyway here it is, it gets 2 false negatives out of 52.

Now the code so that you can compile it all your self. For the Geeks in other words

#Region ;**** Directives created by AutoIt3Wrapper_GUI ****
#AutoIt3Wrapper_Icon=Desktop (create shortcut).ico
#AutoIt3Wrapper_Outfile=Desktop (create shortcut).exe
#EndRegion ;**** Directives created by AutoI... Read more

A:Custom 'Desktop (create shortcut)' Remove .fileextension - Shortcut

I must find this more annoying than most others

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Currently I have a desktop shortcut to PuttyCyg (a modified version of PuTTY) which I have configured Ctrl+Alt+C as a keyboard shortcut to launch the program. Trouble is, once there is one instance of the program open, when I enter Ctrl+Alt+C again, instead of opening another instance of the program, it brings the window of the currently open instance to the front. This is strange, because when I actually click on the shortcut multiple times, the default behavior is to open multiple instances of the program. How can I change it so that hitting the keyboard shortcut forces new instances to open? Do I have to resort to things like writing a VBScript?

A:Launch new instance of program through keyboard shortcut on desktop shortcut

Nobody? =)

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On one of my pc's selected text appears on a dark background colour which is hardly visible on dark backgrounds or templates
So it's in that case almost impossible to see what you have selected.
Normally this colour should be lightblue.

Since this selected background colour seems to be a general setting of Windows 7, is there a way to change this into it's original state?

As you can see the selected area is darkgreen

A:Solved: Selected text background colour

Right-click your desktop > Personalize > Window Color > Advanced appearance settings >
On the Window Color and Appearance dialog, select "Selected Items" from the Items drop-down list.
Select a color from the Color drop-down.

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Using the Word 2000 template for a "Brochure".
The Block Quotation text has a backgound colour of light blue by default, how can I change this?

Many thanks

A:Word Block Quotation text colour

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I want to create a rule where the "From" and "Subject" text of all received messages in my Inbox from a certain person changes to a green or red font colour rather than the standard black.

Anyone know how?

A:Creating a Rules that changes message text colour

1) Right click on one of the display fields above your emails (doesnt really matter which one, but lets go with the 'From" field)
2) Click "Customize Current View"
3) Click "Automatic Formatting" which will open the Automatic Formating window.
4) Click "ADD" and name your rule whatever you want, for this example we will call it "Bob"
5) After you name it Bob, click "CONDITION" (Opens Filter Window)
6) Type in the address you want to set the condition in the "FROM" field and click OK. This will take you back to the Automatic Formatting window
7) Now Click "FONT" and this is where you will select what color/font/size you would like to change said email to.

Note: you can put multiple email addresses in one condition, but on 1 color.


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I have a Samsung CLP 310 colour laser that has developed a problem with fading text on the right side of the page. This is a problem with Black text only the 3 other colours work perfectly. I am still on the original cartridges. I changed to a new black cartridge made no difference. I have wiped down the drum in Alcohol still the same.
Any suggestions on how to fix the problem would be appreciated.

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Hello there!

Help required please!

The text of all my files has turned blue for some reason. I knos this may sound odd, so here's a screenshot to let you know what i mean;

Can you see the blue coloured text of the filenames?

Is there any way I can revert this back to black, as I really don't know why this has happened!
Muchos gracias in advanceČ!

A:how do I change the colour of my text....? (images included)

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I need to be able to change the colour of a cell in Excell by typing the colour name in the cell.

I have 12 colours that signify teams and I would like to type in a cell the word BLUE and the cell change to that colour without displaying the typed word.

Any idea's

A:Changing the cell colour in Excell

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I was wondering how could I modify the background colour of drop-boxes in Windows XP? I know you can change it somewhere in the group policy but I can't figure it out!

Thank you,

A:Changing backround colour of drop-box - Win XP


Right-click the desktop.

Choose Properties > Appearance > Advanced > Item.

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