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Any way to change text and highlighting colors that appear upon selecting a text?

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#1 Zahara_Sierra


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Posted 09 December 2017 - 05:06 PM

Hello, all.  Just to clarify, this post is not dealing with using the highlighting tool.  I use e-Sword regularly while presenting lessons in church services and during home Bible studies.  It is an excellent tool!  I use it with both wireless projectors and flat-screen TV's.  Many times, while reading out loud, I select individual words, verses, and passages with my cursor.  This technique makes it easier for people to follow along, especially visitors who are not very familiar with the Bible.  In version 10.4, text would turn white upon selection and the surrounding color was a nice sky blue.  (See file version-10-highlighting.png.)  Selected text popped out and was easy to read.  With the introduction of version 11, however, selected text no longer turns white and the color surrounding the text has changed too.  It's not a good highlighting color, rather a pale grayish-blue.  (See version-11-highlighting.png.)  It's not as easy to read as before when projecting on a screen or flat-screen TV.  I wrote Rick Meyers about this two times, but he never answered.  My guess is that he feels that changing the color of highlighted text and/or the highlight color itself is not important or not worth the effort involved in changing the coding.  Is there anyway that e-Sword could be tweaked to change this back to the style used in 10.4 or to create a highlighting color that will make the text stand out better?  I've attached two snapshots to give you a better idea of what I'm talking about.  Of course, I realize that whether or not version 10 is easier to read than version 11 is somewhat subjective.  Some may not agree with my estimation.

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#2 APsit190


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Posted 10 December 2017 - 04:32 PM

So... I take it that the blue colored selected text is from version 10x, and that the grey one is from version 11x 


Right... e-Sword doesn't have the ability to change the color of the selection highlight, and tend to think that, going by what I'm seeing, that this may have a lot to do with the operating system rather than with e-Sword. Best way to test this theory is to see what other the selected text color is in other programs, i.e., MS Word, some other text editor and etc.


Just another thing too, which just came to mind is that this could be a Windows Registry thing that could be fixed by changing the values. This is purely a guess, so it might take a bit of a experimentation on your part if you're willing to give it a go..




#3 Tim Butterfield

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Posted 13 December 2017 - 08:57 PM

An obvious workaround would be to use your word processor to produce a copy of what you wish to project highlighted in any color or combination of colors you desire.   


Effectively you would be building a PowerPoint presentation (at least for the planed scripture excerpts)


Like all workarounds, this would require extra effort, and last minute inclusions could call for "flying fingers" to copy and highlight "on the fly" to make the quick cut and paste needed. 


Just a thought.

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Posted 14 December 2017 - 07:00 PM

Thanks for the help, guys.


When I select text in your responses (above), I get the same effect as in version 10 of e-Sword (i.e., white text, surrounded by a sky blue color).  I even get the same effect when selecting text in this window.  (See attached screenshot.  I'm using Chrome.)


When I select text in MS Word, I get black text and a blueish highlight color similar to that of version 11 of e-Sword.  However, when I select text in Word Pad, for instance, I get white text surrounded by a sky blue color.


I'm guessing that the difference between black text and a grayish blue highlighting color or white text and a sky blue highlighting color is due to different coding done by the programmer (?).

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#5 JPG


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Posted 15 December 2017 - 03:13 AM

It appears to be a programmer choice. Notice that I changed the system colors, but it did not effect the Bible view text selection.




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