Outlook window is semi-transparent

Posted on 2011-10-08
Last Modified: 2013-11-05
On a laptop with Win XP and Outlook 2010:

Through an apparently random keystroke sequence I somehow made the window containing Outlook semi-transparent! Very weird. Everything else looks normal. Stopping and restarting Outlook didn't change anything; the window is still semi-transparent.

I can't find an Outlook option to reset this to normal. Is this an Outlook thing? A Win XP thing? How do I return the window to normal?
Question by:Scott Helmers
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    Can it be a stupid setting in Outlook? Under Format-menu (Settings)? Just guessing

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    Hi scott,

    Did you accidentally change the color scheme?
    You can change it by going to File > Options > General > Color scheme

    Is it only affecting Outlook or other applications too?
    You can change the settings in Windows either through System settings or Display properties.

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    by:Scott Helmers
    The Windows color scheme is fine. All other windows are normal. It's only the Outlook windows that is semi-transparent.
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    Accepted Solution

    Solved the problem. Turns out that my Lenovo laptop includes a multi-monitor management utility called Hydravision. Whatever semi-random sequence of keystrokes I typed invoked transparency mode for Outlook. I've managed to reset it.
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    by:Scott Helmers
    Solved the problem myself.

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