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Windows 7 Selection Box Color by flexdaw Windows 7 Selection Box Color by flexdaw
This tutorial should help you change the color of the inside... and border of the selection box in Windows 7.

I made it because it took me a long time to find anything relating to this, and thought it was a hex change or something, but when i saw it was easy enough for normal people without special software to do, then i made this tutorial.

I tried this edit on a regular Vista 64 machine, and it totally messed up the computer. So unless you have a patched system and know what you are doing in Vista, i would not recommend this. I assume it was because i did not patch some files or something, when i edited the Aero.theme file and saved mine in the folder and clicked on basic, everything turned black. So, just use on 7 unless you are looking to have fun. And as for XP, i assume it might work on that though.
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rexfordrich Featured By Owner May 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great tut. Or just use my program so as to not have to edit any files. It'll do all of the work for you. Called: Windows Selection Box Editor. And it's free! check it out at
flexdaw Featured By Owner May 10, 2014
True, there are several things out there that can do this with more or less functionality added. Yours looks like a clean simple tool. I like finding out how things work and post things like this, in hopes it will inspire other to create stuff. Plus I made this in 2010, 4 years ago, so I would hope a tool has come out since then. :P You think a color selector would add to your tool? And yours edits the registry, right? So a slightly different approach, but easier for the user to not mess up.
rexfordrich Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sorry for the late reply. I read your message before and decided now to re-read it. I realized I overlooked something you said: "You think a color selector would add to your tool?" To answer your question, I do have this integrated in the app. When you click New Color, a basic color picker will pop up for you to choose a color. And this does in fact use the registry, FYI, so yes to answer your other question.
DragonnFire29 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you so much, it works miracles. Problem is, I couldn't find any of my custom saved themes, so I had to base it off of preinstalled theme. Easy enough to change to a custom background though, so all's good. Thanks again!
flexdaw Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013
Yeah, no problem. Too bad about not finding those themes.
Jakudzafan Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Student Artist
Good Job.
BTW we always can change it, in the registry, change this key.
Add this in the notepad and called it xxx.reg
Where "HotTrackingColor"="0 255 17" is the "HotTrackingColor"="R G B" color.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Colors]
"HotTrackingColor"="0 255 17"
"Hilight"="51 219 15"
flexdaw Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
yes, i remember learning both ways to do this. I for one, can't remember the up side or down side to either because it has been a while, but i would caution away from sending people into the registry.

But to be honest i always just created things in the registry myself and didn't use any third party tools or notepad. It's much easier to know you aren't going to bork something that way. :P

Oh, and i think possibly editing a theme file only effects the color while in that theme, and a registry file will keep it for any theme until changed again and set to override. That all is just a hunch though. so a caution on that.

Thanks for the input, it hopefully brings people to know more about this stuff.
Bakateria Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012   Interface Designer
Thank you so much. i've been googling for so long trying to find this.
flexdaw Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012
You are very welcome! :)
Pandemonial Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012
Thank you, been looking for this for a long time!
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