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Manage Themes

The Manage Themes dialog may be used to modify themes, create new themes, delete themes, and import/export (open and save) themes.  The Manage Themes dialog has three major sections: Application, Editor, and Syntax.  The top row of controls are present when any of the three tabs are selected.  

The Theme dropdown allows users to select themes which have already been specified.  By default, themes are stored in the %APPDATA%\IDMComp\UltraEdit\themes folder and have a .uetheme extension.  The four buttons in the top row of controls support the following features:

The Add theme button presents a submenu with two options: Add new theme and Add existing theme.

The Delete theme button removes the selected theme from the system
The Export theme button opens a file browser dialog where the user may save the theme selected in the Theme dropdown
The Revert theme to defaults button resets the selected theme to its defaults (erasing any user modifications/overrides)

 

Add new/existing theme

If Add new theme is selected from the Add theme submenu, this presents a New Theme dialog where users may specify the name of the new theme as well as an existing theme whose settings will be used as a basis for the new theme to be defined.  By default, the currently active theme will be automatically selected.  When the users clicks OK, the new theme will be created and will be made active in the Theme dropdown and the user may begin modifying the associated settings.

If Add existing theme is selected, this will open a file browser dialog where the user may select an existing theme file.  The selected theme will then be copied to the user's themes directory and the Theme dropdown will automatically switch to the newly imported theme.  The active theme will not actually be changed until Apply or OK is pressed.

 

Manage Themes - Application

The Application tab of the Manage Themes dialog offers the following functionality:

 

Application style dropdown

allows users to select from a pre-defined list of default styles for the application as a whole

Set styles for dropdown

allows users to configure the color of specific elements within the application such as dockable windows, menus, toolbars, file tabs, and more

Font

if applicable for the selected item, the Set font button will be active and may be used to set the font/size/style of text in the selected item
Foreground swatch

presents an OS color picker dialog which may be used to define the color of the selected item

Background swatch

presents an OS color picker dialog which may be used to define the color of the selected item

The preview button allows the user to preview changes in the main application window in real time.  When this is toggled on, a user may preview modifications to a theme as he makes them and then toggle this off to see the changes compared to current settings.

 

Manage Themes - Editor

The Editor tab of the Manage Themes dialog offers the following functionality:

 

Set colors for dropdown

allows users to configure the color of specific elements within the application such as normal text, selected text, active line, and more

Foreground swatch

presents an OS color picker dialog which may be used to define the color of the selected item

Background swatch

presents an OS color picker dialog which may be used to define the color of the selected item

Enable Active Line Highlighting

if unchecked, active line highlighting will be disabled.  The color settings for active line are ignored

Enable Active Column Highlighting

if unchecked, active column highlighting will be disabled.  The color settings for active column are ignored

 

Manage Themes - Syntax

The Syntax tab of the Manage Themes dialog offers the following functionality:

 

Language dropdown

allows user to select the syntax highlighting language for which styles will be set.  The language list is populated with the names of languages from the user's wordfiles folder.  Along with the defined languages, there is a Default language setting (described below)

Defaults button

allows users to revert to a language's color/style settings for all color groups back to the defaults

Set styles for dropdown

allows users to select a specific language item within the selected language and define colors/styles (e.g. normal text, comments, color groups, etc.)

Foreground swatch

presents an OS color picker dialog which may be used to define the color of the selected item

Background swatch

presents an OS color picker dialog which may be used to define the color of the selected item

Font styles

allow users to pick a font style (normal, bold, italic or underline) for the selected language item

Enable background color

if checked, this causes the background color for "Normal text" from the theme's editor color settings to be used for the selected item, overriding the background color setting here

 

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