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Posted 16 Feb 2017

In IE8 and/or Firefox set background to dark and foreground to light.

, 16 Feb 2017 CPOL
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The solution to annoying garish webpages; say good-bye to all that irritating light while browsing the internet. Keep it dark ... learn how here.


This information is everywhere but still wanderers-in/late-to-the-partyers sign up at codeproject to ask the same question. As if it were a programming question. So, yeah, I guess the steps to actuating their intuition really IS programming.


It's always been possible to customize the internet browser's look. And it's never been easier now that browsers are competing for sentience.

Steps to Customize Browser look

01. In IE8 -> main menu

02. Tools/Internet Options/General tab

03. Accessibility (lowest layer) -> clickety

04. Farthest right button -> Formatting -> tick all (3x)

05. Farthest Left button -> Colors -> set "Text" to (somelight color) & "Background" to (somedark color)

06. (while you're at it here, also get  rid of the garrish "number 3 blue hyperlink" by assigning "Visited" and "Unvisited" to (someother color))

07. In IE8 -> added tweak ... disable ClearType (just b'cuz ... see beneath here for reason)

08. Tools/Internet Options/Advanced tab

09. Settings (scroll down some) ...  under Multimedia -> untick "Always use ClearType for HTML"


01. In ff -> main menu

02. Tools/Options/Content/Fonts&Colors/Advanced -> clickety

03. Fonts -> untick "Allow pages to choose their own fonts, instead of my selections above" (precautionary)

04. (back) Colors -> set "Text" to (somelight color) & "Background" to (somedark color)

05. Untick "Use system colors" and pick "Always" from "Override the colors specified by the  page with my selections above" dropdown.

06. In ff -> added tweak ... disable ClearType ('cause yer gonna want to now that yer in reverso color domain)

07. Type in "about:config" into URL box

08. In "Search" type in "cleartype"

09. At "gfx.font_rendering.cleartype.use_for_downloadable_fonts" make "Status" turn to "user set" by changing "Value" from "true" to "false" by typing in "false"

Points of Interest

IE8 is outdated and in the past couple of years of use it's begun to throw up startup link pages to an ms upgrade site so it's getting even more challenged to display the above UI, much less put content into it, so ... And FF is delving on into the icepack with this great idea of making everything FF a user customizable parameter in "about:config". This has got to be the shape of things to come. Even better would be a regression to that old window's help idea of being able to depress a keyboard key and mouse over something/anything that didn't display right, where a context click would activate a "cart" of faiture altérable. But I digress ...


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PraiseDark Background and light foreground in IE8 and/or Firefox Pin
INDtanay21-Feb-17 13:17
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