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How Do I Change WS Screen Colors ?

asked 2021-02-07 15:18:26 +0000

mikey777 gravatar image

Win10 doesn't allow me to change screen colors as does Win XP. I hate W10 for many reasons.

Can WS override W10 screen colors ? I want a black or dark gray background with white text, aka, unix/text style.

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answered 2021-02-07 16:56:57 +0000

grahamb gravatar image

Windows 10 colors are set by the Colors and Themes options in the Personalisation option in Settings.

The Wireshark colors that are modifiable are set in the Preferences -> Fonts and Colors dialog.

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I can split atoms but no matter how many hours I sit in front of Settings, Personalization, I cannot figure out how to make my W10 laptop look like my XPPro PCs. This laptop has escaped the hammer so far.

I was hoping WS could override W10.

BTW, if we have login IDs for this forum, why do we need to bother with captcha ??? Makes no sense to me, like W10.

mikey777 gravatar imagemikey777 ( 2021-02-07 19:24:09 +0000 )edit

BTW, I have sat in front of the WS Fonts & Colors for an hr and cannot figure out what I'm even allowed to change. In fact, it appears one cannot change anything but the Main window font itself. I click on the Sample Ignored packet etxt (or any) and it does NOTHING. Nothing even highlights. Has got to be one of the poorest examples of coding there is, although it might be the compiler as very few can actually code anymore. It's all drag and drop.

mikey777 gravatar imagemikey777 ( 2021-02-07 19:30:55 +0000 )edit

Seems I can change all these special types of text but not just regular plain text or background.

Any of those coders ever hear of color-override ? A thing of the past, when things WORKED.

mikey777 gravatar imagemikey777 ( 2021-02-07 19:34:18 +0000 )edit
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answered 2021-02-08 04:54:34 +0000

Chuckc gravatar image

wireshark -platform windows:darkmode=2

Dark mode for Windows is a work in progress.
Of the three win10 machines I tested on, it worked on win10 1809 and win10 1909.
No luck on win10 2004 but didn't really dig into what was going on there.

Background info and steps to use in this issue: 16221 - Dark mode support on Windows 10 and later

Wireshark dev guide mentions that it uses Qt library: 12.2.4.6. Colors And Themes

Wireshark supports dark themes (aka “dark mode”) on some platforms. We leverage Qt’s dark theme support when possible, but have implemented our own support and workarounds in some cases."


(-platform is not a Wireshark option. It is passed through to the Qt libraries: QGuiApplication Class)

You can specify platform-specific arguments for the -platform option. Place them after the platform plugin name following a colon as a comma-separated list. For example, -platform windows:dialogs=xp,fontengine=freetype.

darkmode=[1|2] controls how Qt responds to the activation of the Dark Mode for applications introduced in Windows 10 1903 (since Qt 5.15).
A value of 1 causes Qt to switch the window borders to black when Dark Mode for applications is activated and no High Contrast Theme is in use. This is intended for applications that implement their own theming.

A value of 2 will in addition cause the Windows Vista style to be deactivated and switch to the Windows style using a simplified palette in dark mode. This is currently experimental pending the introduction of new style that properly adapts to dark mode.
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