Color Schemas - Guide

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Color Schemas - Guide

#1 Post by Dreamer » 05.12.2017, 19:40

Note: Color schemas feature is currently available for donors only. It will be available for all users in the version 2018.

Before you start, please read these general hints:
  • Make sure you're using the latest FreeCommander version, to have all available features and bug fixes
  • It's recommended to save your current colors to the color schema first
  • You can save the color schema in the main menu > View > Color schemas > "Save current color schema..."
  • To switch the color schema, go to main menu > View > Color schemas > and click to color schema name
  • Save your modified color schema frequently, it would help if the program or Windows crash
  • Don't forget to save your color schema if you exit FreeCommander, or if you switch the color schema
  • You can add a toolbar buttons or/and keyboard shortcut "Show color schemas popup menu" to load/save color schemas easily
  • Color schema works only if "Use Windows colors" option is inactive
  • If you create a dark color schema, it's easier to start with Dark_Gray_Flat_Default color schema
  • Color with tool-tip name "Window Text" can be used for Border, this way the border color will be the same as focused font color
  • You can save the custom colors in color schema - click the color button, then to "More colors..." button, then select a free entry under the "Custom colors:", define a color and click "Add to Custm Colors" button, finally save your color schema to file
  • To show saved custom colors (when you exit FreeCommander), you need to re-load a color schema
How to create a new color schema for FreeCommander:

You can change almost every color in the FreeCommander and save it to the Color schema file. The options with customizable colors are located in the Settings dialog and in the main menu, here is the list of these options:

Settings (F12):
  • Quick search/filter/starter
  • Select items > General
  • Select items > NC-Mode
  • View
  • View > Address bar > Color/Font
  • View > File/folder list > Color/Font
  • View > File/folder list > Items color
  • View > Folder Tabs > Tab Colors
  • View > Tree > Color/Font/Icons
  • View > Status bar
  • View > Thumbnails
Menu:
  • View > View style > and select the style you like.
  • View > View style > Gradient - Custom > Define... - to customize the colors for toolbars and main menu
Notes / limitations:

No user data, paths or history are included in the .colors file, you can view its content in any text viewer or in integrated viewer (F3).

The color of some elements can't be changed (probably it will be possible in the future):
  • Line between main menu and standard toolbar
  • Line between items panel and status bar
  • Columns header in Details view
  • Scrollbars
  • Gridlines
  • Tooltips (background and text)
  • Text selection background in address bar and rename dialog
  • Text for Selected item inactive list
  • Viewer toolbar button selection
  • Viewer toolbar background
  • Border of selected toolbar button
  • Tab - inactive panel - active tab font (color from active tab is used)
  • Tree focused item (light blue)
  • Tree node symbol (black)
  • Tree lines
  • Tree and Favorites tree background for inactive panel
  • Black "down arrow icon" symbol to display sub-menu
The color of these options can be changed, but they are not saved in the color schema file (yet):
  • View > Viewer > Viewer button (tabs General, Text, Text Advanced, Multimedia)
  • View > Viewer > Quick Viewer button (if you don't use option "use same settings for viewer and quick viewer")
Few hints for uploading:
  • Before uploading a color schema, please test it for a while to make sure all texts are visible and readable, test colors with different backgrounds (quick filter, plain view, only selected), check the tree, favorites tree, details view...
  • One color schema per post, if you have multiple files, create multiple posts
  • For the color schema name, use the color(s) and your name or nick, e.g.:
    Dark_Grey_by_Dreamer
  • Add a short description to your color schema, e.g.:
    General color(s): Dark grey, silver
    Optimized for: NC selection / Windows selection, Flat symbols / Classic symbols
    Recommended options: One wrappable toolbar
    Release date: 2017-12-05
    Last update: 2017-12-06
    Created by: Dreamer
  • Use these command line parameters when creating screenshot, if you're using a setup version (your custom setting files will be preserved):
    /N /NewIni=%FcAppDataPath%\Settings\FreeCommanderTest.ini /NoPlugins /Lng=English /ShowHidden /size=800x600
    If you're using a portable version, use this parameters:
    /N /NewIni=%FcSrcPath%\Settings\FreeCommanderTest.ini /NoPlugins /Lng=English /ShowHidden /size=800x600
  • Please use the folders and files with different attributes (standard, read-only, hidden) for the screenshot (for example similar to default color schemas below)
  • If you want to share your schema with other users, please upload the .color file and screenshot (if possible) to Color Schemas - Files topic
  • The donor can send the request for upload possibility via e-mail
Useful links: Thank you!

Marek / Dreamer

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