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Posted on 2006-11-15
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When you make changes to the Display Properties, and click on apply, the screen changes to black and white (monochrome). Is there a theme, or software, or registry hack that can make all the icons, and desktop stay like this?
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by:KellyCraig
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I believe what you want is a theme that contains a background, skins for your start menu and apps that is monochrome.
I will do some searching but you may find what you want here.
http://www.theme-xp.com
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by:KellyCraig
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I'm sorry, that is an invalid link, here is what I meant.
http://www.themexp.org/
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by:jrstx
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Kelly,
I would prefer to use my current theme, just made into monochrome. I am not opposed to using a nice looking theme from the websites you have listed, I just haven't been able to locate one that fits my taste. I was hoping there was a registry hack that forced windows to show everything in monochrome. Thank you for the information!
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KellyCraig earned 375 total points
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Well.
See, what you see when you apply those changes is a program.
It snapshots your current desktop then copies that snapshot and trips it of color then uses a fade effect to go from the color snapshot to the stripped snapshot.
It isn't a real time thing, they just do that so you don't see your desktop all weird and flashing around during the change.
So in short, no.
There is no real time thing that strips colors.
You can easily get a grahpics card like an ATI or nVidea (high end) and create your own color map with onyl black, white and all the shades of gray.
It would accomplish what your trying to do, but it would also trip colors from games, movies, websites, etc.
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by:jrstx
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Kelly,

The graphics card option would be something I wouldn't mind trying. I have a 128mb nvidia geforce 4 installed. Do you know how I would go about setting up the color map? Thanks!
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by:KellyCraig
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Control Panel --> Display --> Setings --> Advanced
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