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Old 10-29-2020, 06:24 AM   #1
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Default Windows users: So... have anyone ever found a good workaround with Windows 10?

You know what i mean. You set your system to dark mode but most windows and dialogue boxes are still on white(Reaplugs). I've tried different high contrast themes from deviant art but they all look funky to me.

I hope to not spend a dime with a workaround because for Pete's sake, it's just a basic system setting. Sorry for my frustration. Keep safe everyone.
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Old 10-29-2020, 07:25 AM   #2
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You know what i mean. You set your system to dark mode but most windows and dialogue boxes are still on white(Reaplugs). I've tried different high contrast themes from deviant art but they all look funky to me.

I hope to not spend a dime with a workaround because for Pete's sake, it's just a basic system setting. Sorry for my frustration. Keep safe everyone.
I came here to ask the same thing, I'm glad I'm not the only one! The white background in the FX window is literally the only thing stopping me from using Reaper. As someone who uses dark mode extensively in all editors, even in the browser ("Dark Reader" extension), having the instrument window be pure white just makes my eyes burn

I really don't understand what's causing this though, since the Windows 10 dark theme makes all parts of regular explorer windows dark. All of my other programs have the title bar dark as well, Reaper and Hyper-V are the only two that are not.

Personally I don't even care for things being pretty. All I want is for things to be dark so my eyes don't hurt.

So far I've found this https://forum.cockos.com/showthread.php?t=228668 as a possible workaround (uses Penumbra theme for Windows), but I'm a little worried about patching windows system files :\ Isn't there some simpler way that doesn't involve that?
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Old 10-29-2020, 09:32 AM   #3
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System patching is no big deal with Penumbra. Just make sure you create a restore point just in case. I use Penumbra with Win 10 and Reaper looks amazing with dark menus that fir the overall theme.
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Old 10-29-2020, 06:39 PM   #4
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I'm not really down to install a dark theme that could break my computer. I ended up doing this which helps slightly:

https://winaero.com/change-color-of-...in-windows-10/

You can change it to a darker color and have a slightly dark color for your selected title bar and it does help somewhat. There's still a bit of piercing white, but not as much at least
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Old 10-30-2020, 05:04 PM   #5
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I'm not really down to install a dark theme that could break my computer. I ended up doing this which helps slightly:

https://winaero.com/change-color-of-...in-windows-10/

You can change it to a darker color and have a slightly dark color for your selected title bar and it does help somewhat. There's still a bit of piercing white, but not as much at least
Same here. I don't want complex system modifications that could potentially break stuff.

Will try your suggestion later. Thanks everyone.
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Old 10-31-2020, 01:40 AM   #6
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Look into this theme and it’s thread:

https://stash.reaper.fm/theme/2565/D...perThemeZip%20

I’ve had it bookmarked for some time now, precisely to figure out how they got the menus darker.

I haven’t done much research myself yet (other more pressing theme issues first), it could be plain as day. If you figure it out, please post your methods on this newer thread!

New theme using the aforementioned Windows theme trick:

https://forum.cockos.com/showthread.php?t=228668
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Old 11-03-2020, 10:54 AM   #8
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I tried out the "complex" stuff a few days ago. It wasn't all that hard, and trust me if I can do it anyone can do this. So far nothing is broken, everything is dark and lovely.
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Old 11-03-2020, 12:14 PM   #9
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I came here to ask the same thing, I'm glad I'm not the only one! The white background in the FX window is literally the only thing stopping me from using Reaper. As someone who uses dark mode extensively in all editors, even in the browser ("Dark Reader" extension), having the instrument window be pure white just makes my eyes burn

I really don't understand what's causing this though, since the Windows 10 dark theme makes all parts of regular explorer windows dark. All of my other programs have the title bar dark as well, Reaper and Hyper-V are the only two that are not.

Personally I don't even care for things being pretty. All I want is for things to be dark so my eyes don't hurt.

So far I've found this https://forum.cockos.com/showthread.php?t=228668 as a possible workaround (uses Penumbra theme for Windows), but I'm a little worried about patching windows system files :\ Isn't there some simpler way that doesn't involve that?
Use Secure UX as described in the thread to install a DarkTheme.
SecureUX does not patch Windows system files. So there is nothing that could break.
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