Add Dark mode theme or allow Win10's Dark Mode to override E++

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trading10
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Add Dark mode theme or allow Win10's Dark Mode to override E++

Post by trading10 »

Since the request for a dark mode has been in this forum for years, with zero action, I would ask that instead of adding a dark mode, just allow the Explorer++ application to get its colors from Windows 10 like most any other application. Everyone knows this one change doesn't require a rocket scientist to implement, just a skilled programmer.

shao
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Re: Add Dark mode theme or allow Win10's Dark Mode to override E++

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+1 for this

trading10
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Re: Add Dark mode theme or allow Win10's Dark Mode to override E++

Post by trading10 »

Looking at the Blog, the developer hasn't released any new features for 18 months. Looks like this project is dead.

Oh, yeah, it is crashing when browsing the network for shared folders. If I didn't need to do that, and preferred a blindingly bright GUI, the current version would be fine. But, neither of those statements are true. Deal killer, and with no new development coming in the foreseeable future, there will be no fix.

Maybe someone else should take over the project where the author left off.

David Erceg
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Re: Add Dark mode theme or allow Win10's Dark Mode to override E++

Post by David Erceg »

Dark mode has been mostly implemented in the development builds for about 6 months now - see https://github.com/derceg/explorerplusplus/issues/115.

trading10 wrote:
Sat Aug 29, 2020 7:26 pm
Since the request for a dark mode has been in this forum for years, with zero action, I would ask that instead of adding a dark mode, just allow the Explorer++ application to get its colors from Windows 10 like most any other application. Everyone knows this one change doesn't require a rocket scientist to implement, just a skilled programmer.
Unfortunately, changing the colors used by the Win32 controls tends to be difficult or impractical. Dark mode in general only works because of a few undocumented APIs. Allowing any sort of customization beyond that isn't really feasible. There's not really any way in which Explorer++ queries Windows for color information. The operating system is responsible for drawing the controls in the application and it draws them using the current theme. There is some ability to change how the drawing is performed, but it's very limited.

trading10 wrote:
Wed Sep 02, 2020 10:14 pm
Looking at the Blog, the developer hasn't released any new features for 18 months. Looks like this project is dead.
There have been plenty of changes made over the last two years. There hasn't yet been another stable release, but development versions are updated relatively frequently. The latest build is from a few days ago: https://ci.appveyor.com/project/derceg/ ... nch/master.

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