"Function List" current function highlighting is too light?

  • So, after starting the reboot, then playing a game of Scrabble with my family, I came back to see this pretty picture:

    I had changed ButtonFace from 240 240 240 (grey, above) to 255 0 0 (bright red). The green underline came from changing Menu to 0 255 0 (bright green). I cannot see what has been changed by MenuBar being changed to 0 0 255 (bright blue).

    Oh, there, MenuBar appears to affect the “active button” highlight color:
    In the SaveAs, it appears to be the main highlight:
    But other dialogs (like Plugins Admin) seem to use their normal colors, I think.

    Unfortunately, changing the ButtonFace seems to be a pretty drastic change for @Alan-Kilborn’s purposes, especially with the number of items it affects – many of which you really want a light background. You might be able to get away with making it dark enough to be more visible, without ruining other things… but no guarantees.

  • No, the blue active-button highlight was the wrong shade, and persisted even after I changed MenuBar to 255 0 0 (bright red).

    The good news is, it just took logging out and back in – rather than a full reboot – to change ButtonFace to 224 224 224 for a slightly darker grey, and Menu back to default 240 240 240 (don’t need the green underline)


    The ButtonFace = 224 224 224 looks like it’s more noticeable, while not being annoyingly darker on the other instances than it usually is. But it’s still noticeably darker in those instances, like the save dialog.

    I’ll stick with normals. Whether @Alan-Kilborn wants to go that route is up to him.

    (And I will justify this as still Notepad++ related rather than just Windows related because we were trying to figure out specifically which color setting in Windows was affecting that aspect of Notepad++ :-)

  • @PeterJones
    Try to call this window with this command:
    rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL desk.cpl,Advanced,@Advanced

  • Hi, @alan-kilborn, @andrecool-68, @peterjones and All,

    Peter, you’re right ! The color of current function, in the Function List panel, seems to be controlled from the colors of the ButtonFace key !

    Here is my \HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Colors, on my Win XP laptop :


    As you can see, Peter, only two keys ( ButtonFace and MenuBar ) have colors 236, 233, 216, in my Win XP configuration

    We can see that the different keys are always the same, between win XP and Win 10! ! But, strangely, no reference to a 3D Objects key, seems to be visible in registry ?

    Best Regards,


  • @andrecool-68 ,

    Nope, that just launches dd05274f-e79a-4798-a7f0-ff29c8abed38-image.png , which doesn’t allow setting the individual colors.

    @guy038 ,

    Nice to know that same key works on both WinXP and Win10 for controlling it. My guess is that the “button” is the default “3d object” in old windows nomenclature, and they just stuck with that naming convention, even as things changed through the decades.

  • @PeterJones said in "Function List" current function highlighting is too light?:

    Nice to know that same key works on both WinXP and Win10 for controlling it.

    I guess having WinXP still around does indeed have some usefulness! :-)

  • @Alan-Kilborn

    or by using a dark theme :-D


  • @Ekopalypse

    by using a dark theme

    Well now, THERE’s some contrast!

    But I’m confused, is that your display when you’ve just clicked on something in the Function List, or is that merely the function you are in as you are navigating the editor window? (Neither appears to be the case from the data shown?)

  • @Alan-Kilborn

    In this screenshot the focus was at the editor and I was moving the caret.
    This is how it looks like when the function list has the focus and an item is selected


  • I finally got some time to look deeper into the responses here. Thanks to everyone for their input.

    Peter said:

    I’ll stick with normals. Whether @Alan-Kilborn wants to go that route is up to him.

    I took Peter’s “advice” and changed my ButtonFace to (224, 224, 224). This indeed makes the “inactive-but-inside” function in the list have better noticeability, without having any other negatives elsewhere in the Notepad++ (or Windows) UI.

    I’m keeping that setting! :-)

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