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

Posted: Sat Aug 29, 2020 7:26 pm
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.

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

Posted: Wed Sep 02, 2020 12:59 am
by shao
+1 for this

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

Posted: Wed Sep 02, 2020 10:14 pm
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.

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

Posted: Fri Dec 25, 2020 12:11 am
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.

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

Posted: Wed Feb 03, 2021 7:08 am
by jph84
Can someone help me with some really basic lamen terms on how to actually implement this for E++? I have read multiple tutorials and guides but my brain clearly doesn't understand how to use github, git, or notepad++. I have no real experience in coding but (I think) I can follow directions. I was able to download and install git, github desktop, and notepad++ onto windows 10 but I have no idea what to do with them. I have no coding experience and no matter how hard I try I get overwhelmed and most coders or tutorials talk as if the reader has a grasp on coding. I don't understand branches, commits, etc. If someone would be kind enough to explain what file to open and in what program and then what I need to type, edit, etc. I would greatly appreciate it. I have recently used a program called Kitty to edit file permissions via ssh? for my seedbox and was successful with that, so I don't think I'm a complete dipshit, but trying to figure git and all of this has made me question my intelligence lol

Thanks in advance.

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

Posted: Wed Feb 03, 2021 8:43 am
by David Erceg
There's no need to actually implement anything or make changes to Explorer++ if you want to use the current dark theme implementation. That implementation is available in the development builds and you can download the most recent build at:

https://ci.appveyor.com/api/projects/de ... m%3A%20x64

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

Posted: Sun Feb 28, 2021 4:34 am
by I153_Chaika
Thanks, I'll download that build then, if there are any issues, I'll report them so that you can deal with them and progress towards the next "official" update!