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26 +27/-1 votes

Color picker in explorer for labeling (ie; libraries)

Submitted by .Chris on November 27, 2008 to Aesthetics, Legacy, Usability

This is the sister topic to my Toolbar options (

Have a color picker in the explorer window. This will alow us to chose the over all theme of the toolbar, and status box thats on the bottom. This will work great with people who want to customize and organize their items such as the libraries feature. People can label their music green, movies blue, documents red and pictues orange or what ever they like. There can even be an option for the color to match the window color.

but what ever you do, dont go the windows live way. We already had a OS that was cartoonish (a great one, but the UI wasnt that great) keep it glossy

Now this is not that huge of deal, but just a small thought.



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Discussion (13 comments)

caze wrote on November 27, 2008, 7:05pm

They've clearly moved away from this deliberately, they already had this in Vista (though it wasn't customizable). Not a terrible idea though, but not sure if I'd use it.

.Chris wrote on November 27, 2008, 7:46pm

Exactly, its one of those hit or miss ideas. I just HATe the fact we cant customze our exploer windows like we did in XP and even me, 98 etc. knowing microsoft and the way windows live will go, we will have a caroonish UI again.

caze wrote on November 27, 2008, 9:29pm

I doubt there will be significant changes to the UI between now and RTM, this is the most polished UI from microsoft yet, about as far-removed from XPs default 'fisher-price' look as you could get.

.Chris wrote on November 27, 2008, 9:48pm

true, i just hate the white, its to light and no icons make it look even worse.. its all about options and microsoft fails to see that and they just seem to do what they want because "its cool"

tino wrote on November 28, 2008, 1:06am

@craze: Then you haven't used Windows 95. It was perfectly polished.

What is wrong with a cartoonish ui? XP's Luna was an anticipation of the web 2.0'ish website designs.

+1 for the color picker.

.Chris wrote on November 28, 2008, 1:11am

Got a source for that tino?

ever wonder why XP's luna UI was called "fisher price". because it was like a cartoon. nothing worng with it, just not that great to look at. Aero is by far the best UI they came up with.

hoopla_punta wrote on November 28, 2008, 4:35am

If you've seen one of the PDC Presentations, something about Designing Windows 7, it says that the bar is now WHITE as to give more attention to the files in the window.
While I agree with that, its quite cool to have customizable colours like in Longhorn. However they have to put in the option to change the colour of the FONT, as the default blue won't match with some.

+1 though I hate to see colours suddenly switching when I click on different Libraries, how about a fade through for the colours?

Isn't this a wee simillar to my post on window auto-colour?

.Chris wrote on November 28, 2008, 4:53am

perhaps, but I was talking more so the toolbar and detels pane . Fade or actual color will work. both could be part.

The white is fine, but its just to light and with no icons it makes it look bland and empty. I hate when Microsoft make decisions and not give us options to change them up (tool bar customzations etc)

caze wrote on November 28, 2008, 11:36am

@tino: 95 polished!? lol. simple, yes. but the technology wasn't around then to make it look nice enough to be called polished, even mac os looked pretty ugly back then too.

as for what's wrong with a cartoonish UI, isn't that obvious? most people who use computers aren't kids, it wouldn't have taken much effort for them to have provided more professional looking themes originally, Royale and the Zune theme are what it should've looked like from the start.

actually the more I think about it the less I like this idea, -1. seeing how incapable microsoft are of getting the folder view settings to be remembered correctly as it is, I can't imagine they'd even be able to implement this properly.

.Chris wrote on November 28, 2008, 4:51pm

you have a point. They seem only to care on certin things. Things that "are to hard" or "not cool enough" dont ever seem to get fix

tino wrote on November 29, 2008, 3:22am

Just adding reflections on some elements isn't "polishing" as I see it. What was great about Windows 95's gui was that it was extremely consistent with a new style and new icons, simple with powerfull new concepts and fully customizable. It was the most modern look out there at this time. Just think about what it has changed for Windows: Taskbar, Start menu and Classic Theme. Everything is even in Windows 7.

.Chris wrote on November 29, 2008, 3:26am

well back then they had actual designers that cared about the product. They screwed it up with vista by focusing on useless, fun things that ended up making the product get delayed 5-6 years. Now everyone will critcize them like with the toolbar with no icons. An attempt to make things right, whitch is no problem but they need to give the user more options for the toolbar in order for it to realy work

.Chris wrote on December 7, 2008, 8:57pm

I really hope they take this in to consideration. I mean, messenger and mail have this, why not windows, make it more consistent

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