7 Replies Latest reply: Mar 11, 2010 1:53 PM by coxorange
coxorange Level 1 Level 1
Under Vista I was using VistaShades, but now under Windows 7
VistaShades only darkens the background (desktop)!

Does anyone know another program which is Windows 7 compatible?


iMac 24" 2.8GHz; 2x iMacs 21.5" 3.06 GHz, Mac OS X (10.6.2), Kensington Expert Trackballs
  • Toocool4 Level 2 Level 2
    Have you installed boot camp, if so go into boot camp control panel to control your screen.
  • coxorange Level 1 Level 1
    Thanks, I've already tried this, but it's the same adjustment range
    as when using the brightness keys (F1/F2) - the minimum is far too bright.
    Only in Windows -- not in OS X!
    Hence I was looking for a special program to get it darker.
  • ReMacs Level 2 Level 2
    Right click Desktop->ScreenResolution->AdvancedSettings->ColorManagementTab->AdvancedTab->C alibrateDisplayButton: Drag Gamma bar to lowest setting
  • coxorange Level 1 Level 1
    Thanks for your helpful answer.
    It is a bit darker now, but it's not enough.
    White regions are still too bright.
    It's still unpleasant to read black on white text
    in the evening or night on the screen.
    Is there another software to get it darker...?
  • ReMacs Level 2 Level 2
    You could try desktop: RightClick->Personalize and select High Contrast Black.

    Once there, everything you see can be customized Text type, size and color, Border sizes, colour etc.
    by clicking "Window Color/High Contrast" icon on bottom of your screen.

    When done, you'll see "Unsaved Theme" which you should right click Save as "MyHighCon" or whatever so you don't have to do it all again.

    Have not done this in a while. I rather like light gold text on a black background.

    A whole lot easier on the eyes it is. Wonder if gold is pasted to forum entry.
  • coxorange Level 1 Level 1
    Thanks again!
    I've tried it, but unfortunately I find it not ergonomic
    to read bright text on black background.

    Then I turned off Aero and via "Advanced appearance settings..."
    I tried to define colours for "Window Text" background etc.

    This is not perfect (some regions can't be defined at all),
    but it's a little relief. On certain regions or when playing a DVD
    for example this method has no effect on the brightness.

    In my opinion there is an error in the Boot Camp driver
    which is responsible for the insufficient adjustment range.
    At least the 21.5" iMacs have a perfect range under OS X.
  • coxorange Level 1 Level 1
    Unfortunately that doesn't help for games, so I'm
    still searching for a software solution. Any idea...?