Windows highlights the selected string in blue. This can be changed if necessary. Here is how to change the highlight color in the Windows operating system.
When you select something in Windows, it is highlighted in the default color. As you know, for many years the default highlight color was blue. For example, when you select text in File Explorer, it is highlighted with a blue background color.
Generally speaking, blue is the appropriate highlight color. In fact, this color is an OG color and harmonizes with most Windows themes. After all, we are used to this color. However, if you feel that blue is outdated and doesn’t look good, or you want to change the highlight color to match your current theme, you can do so.
If you know what color to set and have the necessary RGB values, you can easily change the text highlight color in Windows.
So here are the steps to change the backlight color in Windows OS.
Important note: The following procedure works on Windows 8, 10, and 11.
Changing the Backlight Color in Windows
There are two essential steps to change the backlight color in Windows. First, you need the RGB (red, green, blue) values of the selected color. Once you have that, you need to edit the registry to add the color in question. It doesn’t sound elementary, but it’s pretty simple.
First, you need the RGB values of the color you want. You can get this by using a paint application. Or you can use a third-party web service, such as W3Schools – https://www.w3schools.com/colors/colors_picker.asp
Start the “Paint” application from the Start menu. Then click on “Edit Color”.
Then use the color picker to select the desired color. Then save the “RGB” value of that color. In my case, I choose light blue or purple. So my RGB values are “138, 116, 240”.
Once you know the RGB values, perform the following steps.
- Open the “Start” menu.
- Ask for and open the “Registry Editor”.
- Navigate to the “HKEY_CURRENT_USERControl PanelColors” folder.
- Double-click on the string “HilightText”.
- Enter RGB values in the “Value Data” field.
- Click the “OK” button.
- Close the Registry Editor.
- Restart the computer.
As always, you can open the Registry Editor from the Start menu. Go to the “Control PanelColors” folder under “HKEY_CURRENT_USER” in the Registry Editor sidebar. Here, find the string value “HilightText” and double click on it.
This is the value that is responsible for displaying the text highlight color in Windows. In the “Value Data” field, enter the RGB values you retrieved earlier. Make sure there is a space between each value. For example, in the “Value Data” field I entered the RGB value “138 116 240”.
Click the “OK” button to save your changes and exit the Registry Editor.
After restarting, you will actually see the new text highlight colors. It is as easy as changing the highlight color in Windows.
If you get stuck or need help, please comment below and I will help you as much as I can.