Can I change the colors of the Settings window?

You can choose Quick Access Popup colors for Settings window and other dialog boxes. You can also change the popup menu background color (see the last section).

Colors are managed using "themes". The available themes are listed in the Settings, Options. Themes can be edited or added in the QAP settings file. Here are the instructions if you want to edit or add themes.

1) Open the quickaccesspopup.ini file

See How can I edit the file QuickAccessPopup.ini?

2) Add the code for the new theme

At the end of the .ini file, add your theme following this syntax:

[Gui-New Theme]
WindowColor=E0E0E0
TextColor=000000
ListviewBackground=FFFFFF
ListviewText=000000
MenuBackgroundColor=FFFFFF

Replace "New Theme" with a name of your choice (use only letters, numbers and spaces - no special characters) and color codes with your own colors. You can use this color picker to select your colors.

3) Under the [Global] ini file section, update the list of themes offered in the Options window:

AvailableThemes=Grey|Yellow|Light Blue|Light Red|Light Green|New Theme

Again, replace "New Theme" with the name of the new theme (exact same name as in step 2).

4) Choose your new theme the settings

Save the QuickAccessPopup.ini file and restart Quick Access Popup. Select your theme in the Settings, Options dialog box. That's it!

Share your new themes using the comments below. They could be added in the next version of Quick Access Popup.


About menu colors

Color management capabilities are limited by QAP’s development framework. Especially for menu background color (the MenuBackgroundColor value above), note that the color of menu text cannot be changed. Since the text must stay black, dark color background should be avoided for menus. Also, the background color behind menu icons cannot be changed.

Why these limitations? QAP could offer more flexibility. But this would be done at the cost of completely redrawing menus instead of using the standard basic Windows command to build menus. In addition to taking much programming time, this would also make the app bigger. Since small footprint is one of the reasons why QAP is appreciated, I want to preserve this. But, this being said, suggestions are always welcomed.

About Windows themes
QAP themes has been designed with the "normal" Windows theme. QAP themes may not work well with some windows themes offered in Control Panel / Personalization. If you use Windows themes, you should choose the QAP theme named Windows that will not interfere with Windows themes.

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