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GreyEveTheme FINAL- Windows 10 High Contrast Theme by eversins GreyEveTheme FINAL- Windows 10 High Contrast Theme by eversins
This theme can be used without system modifications! just download and double click the theme file.


This is the best I can do with the default Microsoft theming engine, if you don't like something, it is likely because of those limitations.
This is built upon their High Contrast theme, so be aware that some programs might look different. If you don't like it just select the Windows default theme and everything will be reverted.

If you don't trust a zip download (it only has 700 byte and I am a nice guy) you can just create your own theme file and copy this text I created into it.

Personal recommendations and fixes:
        First go to Preferences -> Color and Appearance -> Colors -> In the drop down menu, select "Never".
        Install DarkReader to make websites dark, also install ShadowFox to Theme Firefox Dark on every page!

        Install this theme.
        Make all websites Dark with Dark Reader extension (set a hotkey to toggle on/off for sites).
        To change styles of your most visited sites use the Stylus extension. Here is a list of good dark themes, for popular sites.
        I use this extension to make the scroll bars dark.

    Visual Studio fix:
        Visual Studio will switch to the High Contrast theme and remove syntax highlighting. Fortunately this can be fixed, I created a small guide here.

        This program reduces the color temperature of you monitor at night, blue/white light can cause headaches, stress and bad sleep.
        Download f.lux and set it to a value comfortable to you, I personally use 3200K.
        It might look strange to you at first, but try using it for 10 minutes at night, then turn it off to see how uncomfortable it is without.

If you like this theme please favorite/share it and leave a comment! Makes my work worth it!

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Have fun on the dark side!
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lstarrunner Featured By Owner 1 day ago
You are a lifesaver! Paypal monies sent.

Thank you for this.
HumanKtulu Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2018
Thanks man, you saved my life.
I just use "Windows" and "Buttonface" and it's just perfect for working whitout this damned scorching white.
aquablue222 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2018
thank you for designing this, would like to try it, thanks again  !
PeckerwoodLV Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2018
Awesome work!  Many Thanks!
darksidealways Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2018
Where is the theme file? I downloaded the Chrome Extensions but cannot find the full Windows theme download link? Please help. Thanks
eversins Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2018
The big button on the right side of the screen that says Download.
mmarquez12 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2018
It is not that big. LOL
duoooo1 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2018
A shame it affects just about everything else (browsers and such). However, nice work I do say.
eversins Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2018
That depends, I would say it does not affect too many applications. None that use client side decorations unless they enforce their own hight contrast theme (like office and Visual Studio), but there are usually workarounds for that.
You can disable it in browsers for the most part and games are unaffected. Some legacy apps might have problems but that usually does not effect most people, especially in daily use.

But you are totally right that it is or can be a pain in the ass. One of many reasons why I switched to Linux, multiple system wide dark themes with one click.
Jon-79 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2018
Perfectly amazing theme, only problem for me is it's not working with the latest version of Windows 10, theme keeps resetting to some default high contrast one every reboot. Can't get it to stick, how to fix? Thanks.
eversins Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2018
I haven't tested it on the latest version of windows yet. Check back in a few days.
Jon-79 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2018
Awesome, thanks for the response. :)
eversins Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2018
Sorry, for some reason MS does not think I need the latest update, I give it a try every few days but no update yet. I haven't bothered to download it manually because I just use Windows if I play one specific game and usually wan't to return to my normal system as fast as possible.
Jon-79 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2018
No worries, your theme is just so good, really want to get it working again lol. Dunno if this problem is only my system, would be good to know if anyone else has trouble getting this theme to stick. I haven't been able to find a solution yet.
Jon-79 Featured By Owner Edited Jul 9, 2018
Found a work around. Copy GreyEveThemeV2.1 theme file to path C:\Users\"Insertyourusername"\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
Not ideal and you get a themes window popping up every windows startup, but at least it saves having to manually click the theme file every boot up.
eversins Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2018
I finally got the newest release and have to say that I could not reproduce your problem. Seems to be connected to your system in some way.

Glad you found  a workaround either way.
Jon-79 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2018
Weird... thanks a lot for trying. :) I'll figure it out eventually I'm sure.
louiscarter88 Featured By Owner May 23, 2018
Great work on this simple theme!

Have you by any chance figured out a work around for the black boxes in chrome? It's literally the only thing that bugs me after this theme pretty much just fixed everything.
eversins Featured By Owner May 24, 2018
Thank you. What exactly are you talking about? could you post a screenshot?
Since Chrome uses client side decorations it should not be affected, unless you installed an extension which it suggests after installing the theme.
louiscarter88 Featured By Owner May 24, 2018

I think others have had this too, in any high contrast theme, chrome goes into high contrast mode and sets the background colour of the bookmarks bar and user name (in the top right) to black. Setting your theme file to not include the line:


will make chrome launch in normal mode but that's not ideal because a lot of other backgrounds go back to eye burning white. I've tried finding out if you can just force chrome to ignore that you have high contrast on but I can't seem to find anything that does that.
eversins Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2018
Sorry, never found a workaround, or as you mentioned no way to launch apps in non-high contrast mode.

I suggest you give FF another try, it is quite good now and about even with chrome if you take everything into consideration. The big plus is that it is very customable in comparison.

Here are some flags to make it feel more like Chrome:
If you need the chrome "apps" feature, look at ice, it is for Linux but the same thing should work for Windows if you just do the steps manually:
If you want to try something new where you don't have to bother with strange themes:
Krownleth Featured By Owner May 18, 2018
Bloody hell thanks i found you , how can a company take 3 Jumps back between windows 10 and 7...  so they can re-add it in windows 11 as brand new bloody feature or what ?...i spend half an hour trying to get that cancerous DARKBLUE high contrast border off my window borders that swapped around to other cancer colors everytime i clicked something.
MisterDeadeye Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2018
Finally, someone else wanting to go dark without completely changing the feel of Windows 10 or modifying DLLs. Maybe you can help me...

I've had Windows 10 for about 2 years and I've tried searching for something like this from the start. Something happened a month or two ago that broke Windows 10(I think it was the creator's update but I don't know for sure) and I had to go back to Windows 7. Long story short, I missed a lot of the features of Windows 10, a lot of little things that were just not as fluid in Windows 7. So, I switched back a few days ago and I've been trying to customize everything back the way I had it. I've got all of my icons and programs customized the way I like, but I can't find a theme that does what I want. I'm just looking for something like this:

Super simple, I just want to basically invert the colors in Explorer and context menus etc. I don't care if I have to do it myself, I've just been looking around for a very long time for a theme or a program I can use to do this that doesn't cost $20. If you can point me in the right direction, or if you know how to throw this together easily, PLEASE let me know. 
joeH03 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2018
Thank you very much! This works perfectly.
Reintje Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2018
This is bloody brilliant! Love it. Immediately made a 10 € Paypall payment. Thank you so much for this!
eversins Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2018
Thank you so much, it is really appreciated.
scansoz Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2018
Thank you for this pure theme. You care our eyes more than Microsoft. Smells Like Teen Spirit
Torbis123 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2018
It's in a text file for me, how do i fix it?
p3trlrx Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2018
Thank you friend.  This solves so much frustration of mine.
zzztidurvirus Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2018
Awesome! : Black Everywhere!
Uh-oh! : Excel gone all blacks!

Yes, finally, a theme that does not need me to install other programs. I just need a theme. An official double click theme. Like the official microsoft theme. Yeah sure not as fancy as the normal one. It does its job. All blacks, everywhere. Excel? yeah, i will change the themes when i want to change the sheet colour. grr.
B1663R Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2018
This is on point for eye strain and sleek to boot, thank you for your creation
Kwiree Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2018
Absolutely what I was looking for. Thanks very much for your time to create this. I was actually beginning to barely use my desktop PC because of the eye strain, you've made it far more comfortable, again - thank you!
eversins Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2018
Glad I could help.
oldpax Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2017
thank you so much for the great work on this, my eyes thank you as well.
Juca1234 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2017
Thank you
DGrunk Featured By Owner Edited Nov 21, 2017
I do not like the look of the taskbar, start, and action center. Can I disable that somehow so that the theme won't affect those?
rdwray Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2017
Big problem, it makes the background of applications gray too and this is not usable in things like Excel.
LeandriHeystek Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2017
Hi, I'm new to DeviantArt. Where is the link to download your application? Stupid question, I know. Please help!
LeandriHeystek Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2017
Found it.
B3sm00th Featured By Owner Edited Nov 10, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
How to customize the settings of the theme so there's no outlines around buttons, and to change the colors of the space in drives? Or to remove the restriction on changing the color in the theme?
allewyn7 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2017
Yeah this is working for me :)
jlkzer Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2017
just want to thank you for this amazing theme on behalf of all the tired eyes out there
stealthscar Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2017
Thank you.
StephenRA Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2017
Great theme, especially considering you don't have to install theme patchers. One problem. The hyperlink text on browsers is an illegible blue against the dark background. Any hacks to fix this?
A3KP Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2017
I can't find the Key of VS in Windows Creators There's only a VS key called Visual Basic with subkey 6,o.
When i click on both there only comes on the right window the word 'Standaard (geen waarde).
Is this solution not for The Creators update maybe?

eversins Featured By Owner Edited Jul 29, 2017
Have you looked at the post from smknight85 ?…
Rakesh437 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2017
It is hard to identify selection in file explorer
DawnSaviours Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2017
many, many thanks!! this is absolutely heaven sent for my eyes B)
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