Cannot change the background color of dialog & buttons

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06 Aug, 2018 02:30 AM

When using the dark background, I set the foreground text to white (or near-white). This makes the text on the buttons in the Preferences dialog un-readable. Also, the Window drop-down in the menu-bar is illegible too as well as the text in other dialogs such as Advanced Search. There are probably other dialogs & buttons that don't work with white text.

  1. 1 Posted by Jim on 26 Aug, 2018 05:09 PM

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    I have changed the theme back to various "canned" settings "Solarized Dark", "High Contrast", etc. However, the menu items File, Edit, etc. are still illegible. So, it looks like setting back to a "canned" theme does not reset all colors.

    Perhaps the menus were not very legible all along and I don't remember.

    But, two things:
    1) The themes need to work for dialogs, menu, etc. items as well as the workspace panes.

    2) There needs to be a way to reset all color elements back to defaults.

  2. 2 Posted by Jim on 26 Aug, 2018 05:27 PM

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    Here is a screen shot of my menu drop-down. You can see that the menus are not legible.
    How can I fix this contrast issue on the menus?
    MD is almost unusable like this.

    See attached image...

  3. 3 Posted by Jim on 26 Aug, 2018 05:55 PM

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    Oddly, the "Window" menu is the only drop-down with good text contrast.

    See attached screen shot...

    2017.8 (1691)

  4. 4 Posted by sth on 26 Aug, 2018 09:38 PM

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    deleting your preference file will set it all back to defaults. The defaults seem readable but once you set the text to white all bets are off.

    Preferences (depending on Mac or Windows)
    Library/Containers/com.infinitekind.MoneydanceOSX/Data/Library/Application Support/Moneydance/config.dict

  5. 5 Posted by Jim on 26 Aug, 2018 09:45 PM

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    Thanks. I'll try it.

    THAT REALLY NEEDS FIXED !!! There should be no way to permanently wreck the font color. There should be a reset mechanism.

    The MD developers seem to have a real aversion to simple fundamental colors, white font on gray or black background. Black font on white background. It always has to be some subtle Apple-esque attempt to look cool. It's a ledger. Make it simple and legible. Nothing sexy here.

  6. 6 Posted by dwg on 26 Aug, 2018 09:47 PM

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    As this is theme information I do not think deleting the preferences file will have an effect.

    Instead I think removing or renaming the file that is in the same folder will have the effect of setting the colour theme back to the default.

  7. 7 Posted by sth on 27 Aug, 2018 12:01 AM

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    Yeah. What dwg said! Answered the question too quickly. Time to take a break. The config file has the column widths for reports in it and window size. Just not themes. You are only allowed one custom theme.

    The file is called

  8. System closed this discussion on 26 Nov, 2018 12:10 AM.

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