February 25, 2021
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  • By John Percival
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One way to see if your forms' colours are changing properly is simply to change your colour scheme.  Since Halloween is approaching, change your colour scheme to Pumpkin.  If the form, and other 3-D controls, change to an orange hue, and highlighted items become purple, you passed the test (and you did not have to study)!   If none, or only a few, of the controls change colour, you may have to go back and assign one of the system colour constants to that control.  We have included a handy chart for your reference, but you can also look them up in the on-line help, under 'System Color Constants.'  Setting a colour property to one of these causes VB to look up the colour that has been set in the appearance section in the display dialog box.

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This article was originally published on November 20, 2002

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