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  1. #1
    Taurus Guest

    message box?

    Is there a way to change the background color of the message box to your own
    choosing instead of the systems' colors?

    Thanks
    Rachel



  2. #2
    Matt Markus Guest

    Re: message box?

    Hi Rachel,

    "Taurus" <taurus@shentel.net> wrote in message
    news:3969ef8f@news.devx.com...
    > Is there a way to change the background color of the message box to your

    own
    > choosing instead of the systems' colors?
    >
    > Thanks
    > Rachel
    >
    >


    The only way is to create your own msgbox using a form and setting the back
    color of the form as desired.




  3. #3
    Kathleen Dollard-Joeris Guest

    Re: message box?

    Rachel,

    The purpose of a windows message box is to be predictable. That is
    predictably boring for many of us, but quite bright for my son who is trying
    to win a bet about how long he can use the 60's color scheme (I forgot what
    that is going to cost me).

    Seriously, the user generally has good reason for using whatever bizarre
    setup they happen to use. Your job is to fit into that.

    But your job is also to disrupt the user as rarely as possible. I had a
    client complain about two message boxes looking the same and him confirming
    a group rather than an individual delete. (Deletions in this app were very
    rare and did not justify the programming time for an Undo feature, so the
    confirmation was a reasonable triage decision).

    He got a yellow or a green box with massively different graphics and sounds.
    If you have a good reason to put up a message box, then you may want to make
    it spectacular. The user should not see it very often.

    _Always_ specify fore and back colors from either the system or the palette
    colors: don't mix them for a single element. Check out your changes in at
    least Wheat (or Pumpkin), 60's and the reverse high contrast large font.

    --
    Kathleen
    (MS-MVP)
    Reply in the newsgroup so everyone can benefit
    --

    Taurus <taurus@shentel.net> wrote in message news:3969ef8f@news.devx.com...
    > Is there a way to change the background color of the message box to your

    own
    > choosing instead of the systems' colors?
    >
    > Thanks
    > Rachel
    >
    >




  4. #4
    Taurus Guest

    Re: message box?

    Thanks.
    Rachel
    Matt Markus <mmarkus@provide.net> wrote in message
    news:3969fbb6$1@news.devx.com...
    > Hi Rachel,
    >
    > "Taurus" <taurus@shentel.net> wrote in message
    > news:3969ef8f@news.devx.com...
    > > Is there a way to change the background color of the message box to your

    > own
    > > choosing instead of the systems' colors?
    > >
    > > Thanks
    > > Rachel
    > >
    > >

    >
    > The only way is to create your own msgbox using a form and setting the

    back
    > color of the form as desired.
    >
    >
    >




  5. #5
    Taurus Guest

    Re: message box?

    Thanks again.
    Rachel
    Kathleen Dollard-Joeris <kjoeris@noemailplease.com> wrote in message
    news:396b1c45@news.devx.com...
    > Rachel,
    >
    > The purpose of a windows message box is to be predictable. That is
    > predictably boring for many of us, but quite bright for my son who is

    trying
    > to win a bet about how long he can use the 60's color scheme (I forgot

    what
    > that is going to cost me).
    >
    > Seriously, the user generally has good reason for using whatever bizarre
    > setup they happen to use. Your job is to fit into that.
    >
    > But your job is also to disrupt the user as rarely as possible. I had a
    > client complain about two message boxes looking the same and him

    confirming
    > a group rather than an individual delete. (Deletions in this app were very
    > rare and did not justify the programming time for an Undo feature, so the
    > confirmation was a reasonable triage decision).
    >
    > He got a yellow or a green box with massively different graphics and

    sounds.
    > If you have a good reason to put up a message box, then you may want to

    make
    > it spectacular. The user should not see it very often.
    >
    > _Always_ specify fore and back colors from either the system or the

    palette
    > colors: don't mix them for a single element. Check out your changes in at
    > least Wheat (or Pumpkin), 60's and the reverse high contrast large font.
    >
    > --
    > Kathleen
    > (MS-MVP)
    > Reply in the newsgroup so everyone can benefit
    > --
    >
    > Taurus <taurus@shentel.net> wrote in message

    news:3969ef8f@news.devx.com...
    > > Is there a way to change the background color of the message box to your

    > own
    > > choosing instead of the systems' colors?
    > >
    > > Thanks
    > > Rachel
    > >
    > >

    >
    >




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