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  1. I'm reposting this for those newer people who may not have seen it. While we can all jump on the bandwagon about EN not doing anything to serve the population of folks who cannot tolerate a bright white screen to work on, there are things we can do ourselves. Right now (4/11/2017), I am fully satisfied with how I have been able to make my EN look on a PC laptop. Here is the repost: Hooray!! Evernote has taken a step in the right direction. The latest version has a choice of dark side panel or not dark. And it's wonderful! I have been using a previous suggestion to run a batch file (using Swiss File Knife) to change the color of the notes. However that stopped working for me with one of the later revisions to Evernote. Instead, I got a hex editor and made the changes to the hex file as suggested in the comments with the .bat file. That works really slick! Attached is a sample of what my Evernote interface looks like. The top panel (list of notes) has a light gray background by virtue of picking up my windows application background color. I am one happy camper!! Evernote (if you are reading this): THANK YOU! I am a complete newbie at using a Hex Editor but I would be willing to make a screencast of how to make the changes if someone needs it. I'm sure there are others more skilled who could do a better job of it. Helix Fairweather Mr One likes this
  2. Happy, hooray, etc is because they have taken a step. Albeit a baby step, but it's a step in the direction of listening to us. With the addition of the dark theme for the side panel, that is added to the other hacks I use, I have a fully NON-bright-white interface. How could I not be happy about that? Helix Fairweather
  3. Ok, here goes. Bear in mind this was my first ever use of a hex editor to make changes in a .exe file. I tried several free hex editors out there. One of them could not do Find/Replace All in the free version. I then bought the regular version and couldn't save the file after the Find/Replace All even though previously I had made single Find/Replaces and could save the file. I then tried another one which did work. A hex editor looks something like that attached image. The hex code in the big window and the text code in the smaller window. Step 1: Make a back of your evernote.exe file. Step 2: Open your evernote.exe file in the hex editor. Step 3. Place your cursor at the first character. Step 4: Open your Find/Replace window. Step 5: Choose to search for a text string and replace with a text string. Find/Replace All FIND REPLACE background-color:#fff background-color:#ddd background-color:#eef1f2 background-color:#b2b1b3 The Find/Replace information comes from the comments in the .bat file posted way back in this thread as the solution to creating your own dimmer color scheme. I'm sorry I don't have the name of the poster for a proper attribution. You can, of course, substitute in your own colors in the Replace part of this. Three parts of the Evernote interface are now changed in acceptable colors (for me): 1. Dark theme choice for the side panel. 2. Changes to the .exe file as above to change the note. 3. My changes to the Win 10 registry file to have application window background colors as I want them - this accounts for the gray background in my list of notes. Two things to be aware of: 1. Changing the colors in the .exe file may mean you will first have to change the file properties to allow you as a user to write to the file. I'm on Win 10. I don't know what happens with a Mac. 2. Changing the colors in the .exe file means you will have to do that each time you upgrade your Evernote version. I hope that helps. Others with more experience may be able to fill in anything I have missed or misunderstood. Helix Fairweather
  4. Hooray!! Evernote has taken a step in the right direction. The latest version has a choice of dark side panel or not dark. And it's wonderful! I have been using a previous suggestion to run a batch file (using Swiss File Knife) to change the color of the notes. However that stopped working for me with one of the later revisions to Evernote. Instead, I got a hex editor and made the changes to the hex file as suggested in the comments with the .bat file. That works really slick! Attached is a sample of what my Evernote interface looks like. The top panel (list of notes) has a light gray background by virtue of picking up my windows application background color. I am one happy camper!! Evernote (if you are reading this): THANK YOU! I am a complete newbie at using a Hex Editor but I would be willing to make a screencast of how to make the changes if someone needs it. I'm sure there are others more skilled who could do a better job of it. Helix Fairweather
  5. That's fine. All we are asking for is the *choice* to have a less eyestrain situation. Helix Fairweather
  6. Installed the lastest version 6.2.2 and ran your batch file with SFK. This time it worked to change the background color of the note but did not change the EE F1 F2 color. I then did a Find-Replace in the hex editor and that found 7 occurrences that were changed but nothing visually changed in the back ground color in Evernote. So I was able to get 1/2 of it to work. Helix
  7. Thanks, Robert. I think everything is operating OK since skf and the bat file worked fine in an older version of Evernote. I'll try the hex editor thing with a newer version of Evernote. I was searching in both the hex code and in the text using "background-color: #eef1f2". I'll try a different hex editor too and see if I can unravel it some more. Helix
  8. Thanks for replying, Robert! I tried using a hex editor to make the changes in the .exe file. Granted, I have never used a hex editor before but searching the file, I could find no eef1f2. My thinking was that they changed the color in the .exe file which would cause the bat file not to work. I went back to an older version of Evernote and the bat file worked just fine. So that tells me I'm doing it all correctly, just cannot get it to work on the 6.2 release. The paths are all correct. I guess all I can do is stay with the older version until another new version comes out and try that one. Any other ideas for me? Helix Fairweather
  9. We can't do that with a PC unless we go into the ENML code and, at that, it's easy to mess up when using the note. Helix
  10. Hello Rob! I hope you are still getting replies to this thread. I have used this process for at least a year I would guess. I do it each time Evernote upgrades. Yesterday, however, I could not get it to work. When I download the sfk file and run it from the command prompt, it's just a long set of help commands. Can you suggest what might be going wrong? I do faithfully run the .bat file after that but it does not change the color scheme. All Evernote processes have been ended before doing this. Thank you! Helix Fairweather
  11. I am EXTREMELY grateful for all the suggestions for work-arounds!! I have implemented the following: * green scheme for the web version of EN (which I rarely use) * the batch file that changes the notes to a light gray background - LOVE THIS to pieces! * purchased the latest subscription to MS Office which does allow background color changes - OFF TOPIC but worth knowing I am happy with what I have right now though it's a pain to have to reinstall the batch file each time I upgrade EN. I take the approach that big companies don't listen and, if they make changes at all, it will be a glacial speed. Therefore, those of us who have a crying need have to find our own solution, THANK YOU TO ALL WHO POSTED WORK-AROUNDS!! You are my heroes! Helix Fairweather
  12. Norton deletes the Swiss Knife file saying it's unsafe. Any ideas on why that might be? Thanks, Helix Fairweather
  13. Tech Support send me a link to download the previous version. I did and my colored notes came back. I'm happy with that for now. Helix Fairweather
  14. I can't use Office 2013 either for the same reason - and now EVernote has taken away the ability to colorize background of notes. It's really hard on the eyes of some of us. And here's the reason - people who are far-sighted have magnification in their lenses. THe more far-sighted, the more magnification. As you know, a magnifying glass can be used to burn ants by finding the focal point using the sun's rays. Our greater magnification means more and more light (brightness, intensity) is hitting our eyes. Hence, the pain and stress when software products go all white. PLEASE PLEASE, Evernote, give us back the ability to colorize the backgroumd in ENML. Helix Fairweather
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