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Customizing Your Fonts and Colors

Customizing Your Fonts and Colors

Did you know that you can customize the fonts and colors of all the Windows and Internet Explorer HTML pages on the Internet? Well, if you didn’t before, you know now!

First, here is how you would change the colors for a standard window (for example, the My Documents window) in Windows.

1.) Go to Start, Control Panel to open the Control Panel.

2.) Double click on the Display icon (for Windows XP, you’ll probably have to switch to the classic Control Panel view).

Alternately, you could replace steps 1 and 2 by right clicking on your desktop and choosing Properties. It’s your choice.

3.) In the Display Properties window, go to the Appearance tab and click the Advanced button.

4.) In the Advanced Appearance window, click the drop down menu labeled Item and click on Window. That should be on the bottom of the list. (You may also change icon spacing, font and other options that are available on this list, if you so choose).

5.) The Color 1 box is the background color and the Color box is the text color. You can click on the box and select a color you would like for the background and the foreground (text).

6.) When you’re finished, press OK for the Advanced Appearance window and OK for the Display Properties window.

If you now go to any of your folders on the computer, the background and text colors should have changed to what you’ve selected.

If you would like to have all the HTML pages in Internet Explorer to have these background and foreground colors as well, you’ll have to enable this option in Internet Explorer. Here’s how.

7.) Open an Internet Explorer window and go to Tools, Internet Options. Press the Accessibility button.

8.) In the Accessibility window, select all the options you would like. In the example, I have selected to ignore the colors, font styles and font sizes specified by Web pages, but do whatever you’d like. When you’re finished, press OK.

In other words, the pages that are displayed will have the background color and text colors that you specified (steps 1 through 6 from above), rather than the colors or fonts specified by that Web page. (If you have your own style sheet, you can use that by selecting that option).

If you want just the Web pages in Internet Explorer to have a certain color that is different than the colors specified for all windows, you can set it through the Internet Options. Here is how you do that.

9.) Open an Internet Explorer window and go to Tools, Internet Options.

10.) Press the Colors button to edit the color options. When finished, press OK.

This will allow you to change the colors for the pages and for the links on the pages that are displayed in Internet Explorer. (Selecting Use Windows colors will set the colors to what you specified in steps 1 through 6 from above).

11.) Press the Fonts button to edit the font options. When you’re done, press OK.

This will allow you to change the font for the pages that are displayed in Internet Explorer.

Note: Depending on what you prefer, you can use a combination of the above steps to make the Internet pages certain colors and fonts and the standard windows to have certain colors and fonts as well. Once you make all your selections, your computer will look brand new with all of your different and exciting colors and fonts. Yes!

~ Arun Matharoo