Windows 8 Aero Automatic Window Colorization

Martin Brinkmann
Apr 7, 2011
Updated • Jun 26, 2018
Windows, Windows 8

I like simple colors when it comes to the user interface in Windows. I do not need transparency, fancy color schemes, shadows and other effects. That's why I use the Aero Basic theme and not the standard Aero theme on machines running Windows 7.

But there are users who like the full blown Aero interface with all eye-candy enabled. The latest Windows 8 leak is probably exactly what they are looking for.

Microsoft has added an automatic colorization setting to the Windows Color and Appearance control panel applet which adjusts the window color based on the color of the background.

A dominantly green or pink desktop wallpaper image would be automatically matched with green or pink window colors in Windows 8.

windows aero auto colorization

Take a look at two sample images that demonstrate how the window color changes based on the desktop wallpaper. Click on the images for a full sized view.

Want that feature right now for your operating system? Then you may want to take a closer look at the Open Source application Aura which adds automatic colorization of windows to Windows Vista and Windows 7.

Take a look at the demonstration video first which shows how the window color changes depending on its position on the screen and the underlying colors.

Aura is simple to use and should work on all Windows editions that support full Aero. Just download the program executable from the project website, unpack it to a local folder and run the executable file.

Aura will automatically switch the coloring scheme which can be seen on all open windows. You can perform some tests by changing the background wallpaper of the system, or by moving windows on top of each other.

How is the program calculating the right window colors?

Aura is application that calculates average color of desktop background image or active window icon and sets it as Aero Glass color. It works like color hot-track in Windows 7 taskbar. Aura written in C# using WPF and Visual Studio 2010.

Aura has been recently released as a second beta, a final release seems immanent. The program needs the Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 but has no other dependencies.

Users who don't see the change right away are asked to change the windows color intensity in personalization.

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  1. Roman said on July 20, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    I really like this option. This way you are not limited with one or two color schemes. Thanks for the share and I am def going to use it.

  2. gurminder said on July 12, 2011 at 9:03 am

    I like the color effect and the new Windows 8.

  3. Womble said on April 9, 2011 at 3:21 am

    Useful feature but hardly worth wetting yourself over!

    Anybody else see the MinWin presentation a couple of years ago where they openly admitted that the purpose behind it’s existence was that nobody had a clue what was going on in the Windows code base anymore!

    Even as a happy Win7 user it’s gonna take a lot more than a pretty Window to make me forget that!

  4. Muhammed Awais said on April 8, 2011 at 8:37 am

    Great function. . . Seems to be the best leak of windows 8 so far, please keep bringing.

  5. Jyo said on April 8, 2011 at 3:19 am

    Wow, that’s a very smart idea. Keep them Windows 8 leaks coming Martin!

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