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[Solved] Dialog Boxes are dark blue, cannot read.

PostPosted: Thu Nov 30, 2017 6:50 am
by det
All Dialog boxes in OO on Mac Sierra 10.12.1 have a dark blue fill that makes Dialog text un-readable.
How can I get rid of that colour? I read a thread about it and I unhooked all options
in OO>Preferences>View.
Nothing works, I can't even customize the toolbar.
Can someone help, please.
Det

Re: Dialog Boxes are dark blue, cannot read.

PostPosted: Thu Nov 30, 2017 7:12 am
by robleyd
Are you still using 4.1.3 - perhaps you could update your signature to reflect your current situation? Having correct information helps us help you.

How to update your signature

What thread are you referring to - so we can see what you have done?

Re: Dialog Boxes are dark blue, cannot read.

PostPosted: Thu Nov 30, 2017 7:36 am
by det
There is probably a thread number, but I can't find it. Hope it helps
Re: set color preference for action buttons
Postby erbsenzahl » Fri May 26, 2017 11:03 am

Use the tools menu... see screenshot. You should have got some styles during installation of OpenOffice. Swap to another style.

ToolsOptionsOpenOfficeViewIconStyle.png
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Re: Dialog Boxes are dark blue, cannot read.

PostPosted: Thu Nov 30, 2017 7:48 am
by robleyd
You can paste the link to any topic - the one you refer to is https://forum.openoffice.org/en/forum/v ... =5&t=88897

To be clear - you have tried the suggestion about Accessibility settings as well as the Icon size and style? Note that on a Mac these are under OpenOffice | Preferences not Tools | Settings

If you are new to Macs you may find [Tutorial] Mac FAQ helpful reading.

Re: Dialog Boxes are dark blue, cannot read.

PostPosted: Thu Nov 30, 2017 6:00 pm
by det
Yes, I clicked OO>Preferences>OO>View>Icon Size and Style>Industrial>OK.
See screenshot. Nothing changed.

Re: Dialog Boxes are dark blue, cannot read.

PostPosted: Fri Dec 01, 2017 12:47 am
by det
I also unhooked all boxes as per
https://forum.openoffice.org/en/forum/v ... 183#p56631
I also downloaded OO 4.1.4
No changes in the dialog boxes still dark blue
Det

Re: Dialog Boxes are dark blue, cannot read.

PostPosted: Sat Dec 02, 2017 2:13 am
by MrProgrammer
det wrote:All Dialog boxes in OO on Mac Sierra 10.12.1 have a dark blue fill that makes Dialog text un-readable.
Does this affect applications other than OpenOffice?
• If so, it's not an OpenOffice problem. I can't reproduce it and don't run OS X 10.13.1 so can't offer further advice.
• If only OpenOffice is affected see [Tutorial] Mac FAQ Q15/A15 or Q02/A02.

If you discover a solution, others and I would appreciate it if you'd explain exactly what you did to change the behavior you're experienced.

If this solved your problem please go to your first post use the Edit button and add [Solved] to the start of the title. You can select the green checkmark icon at the same time.

Re: Dialog Boxes are dark blue, cannot read.

PostPosted: Sat Dec 02, 2017 5:48 am
by det
Still trying to figure out. I found:
1. Check boxes on Mac and Open Office are the same; either white text on dark blue
or white on black. (Mac>Preferences>General> Appearances > Blue to Grey).
The Action Dialog Boxes in OO: OK, Cancel, Help, Back (OO>Preferences>OO>General) background
is also changed from dark blue to black. However the Text remains black i.e. not readable.
2. Clicking outside the OO, removes the black (or dark blue) and nice black on white appears.
3. The fact that the back ground colour is changed in OO from the mac, suggested to me
that the problem is related to both OO and Mac.
4. I called Mac for help and they are adamant that it is a OO Problem. Now I'm really stuck.
5. If colours are inverted (Mac>Preferences>Accessibility>Display>Invert Colors),
the Dialog Boxes in OO are at least readable.
For now I have 2 choices: click outside or invert colors.
6. Also tried changing colors in: OO>Pref>View and >Colors and >Accessibility and >Appearance
Nothing works!

Re: Dialog Boxes are dark blue, cannot read.

PostPosted: Sat Dec 02, 2017 6:57 am
by lgusaas
det wrote:See screenshot. Nothing changed.

I can read the text. Background blue is darker than on my Macs, but the text is readable in your screenshot.
What year and model of Mac are you using? And make and model of monitor? What is your brightness setting?

I've attached a screenshot from my Mac. The blue background is lighter than in your screenshot.

Screen Shot 2017-12-01 at 10.48.36 PM.png

Re: Dialog Boxes are dark blue, cannot read.

PostPosted: Sat Dec 02, 2017 5:34 pm
by det
Thank you very much for helping. I did all the things you suggested, using the same settings as your screenshot and put brightness to maximum. As my screen shots show, nothing changed. I also added a screenshot for customizing a toolbar in Calc.
I have macOS High Sierra version 10.13.1 iMac(27-inch, Mid 2011), see screen shot for further detail.
I bought this Mac about 6 weeks ago and it worked fine. Suddenly some time ago this problem came up. I hope we can get to the bottom of this. And thanks again. Detlef from Lachine Quebec.
I tried to upload the screenshots, but even the zipped version is too large. How can I post them???

Re: Dialog Boxes are dark blue, cannot read.

PostPosted: Sun Dec 03, 2017 8:39 am
by lgusaas
det wrote:Thank you very much for helping. I did all the things you suggested, using the same settings as your screenshot and put brightness to maximum. As my screen shots show, nothing changed.

Could you read the text against blue background in the dialogue box in my screenshot? As I said before, I can read the text in your screenshot. I don't think the problem originates with Apache OpenOffice.

You could try calibrating your monitor. (System Preferences/Display/Colour/Calibrate}

I bought this Mac about 6 weeks ago and it worked fine. Suddenly some time ago this problem came up.

Could you read the text against blue background in the dialogue box in AOO when you first bought your Mac?

I tried to upload the screenshots, but even the zipped version is too large. How can I post them??

Reduce the size of the screenshots using Preview. (Tools/Adjust size)

Re: Dialog Boxes are dark blue, cannot read.

PostPosted: Sun Dec 03, 2017 5:43 pm
by tonyblunt
Just a "me too" to show this is not a singular issue. I have tried many things but with no success, so I am following this thread, hopefully.

Re: Dialog Boxes are dark blue, cannot read.

PostPosted: Sun Dec 03, 2017 5:52 pm
by tonyblunt
I have found a possible fix:-

System Prefs/Accessibility/Display/Increase Contrast - uncheck this

Re: Dialog Boxes are dark blue, cannot read.

PostPosted: Sun Dec 03, 2017 6:04 pm
by det
Finally managed to post those screenshots. The blue in your screenshot is much lighter and I can see the text, but not on mine. I agree that the problem comes from Apple, because as I explained earlier the dark blue changes to black in OO when I change from blue to grey in Apple.
Also played around with moving the white point in display /color on the mac. Nothing changed in OO. I will call Apple gain. Thanks so much. Det

Re: Dialog Boxes are dark blue, cannot read.

PostPosted: Sun Dec 03, 2017 6:52 pm
by det
Yes this will change to light blue and explains why Larry had light blue and had dark blue. This way, however, makes hard reading of other text. For now I stick with clicking outside the app.

Re: Dialog Boxes are dark blue, cannot read.

PostPosted: Sun Dec 03, 2017 7:28 pm
by det
To Tony. Did this problem come up recently? If yes it may be by an apple update.

Re: Dialog Boxes are dark blue, cannot read.

PostPosted: Sun Dec 03, 2017 8:13 pm
by tonyblunt
It has existed since I started migrating from Excel to LibreOffice, about two months ago, and it is the only thing that bugged me. Finding the setting in the accessibility pref has solved the issue for me. There is also a slider in that same preferences pane that allows for a more gradual contrast change that may help you - where does the text become harder to read?

Re: Dialog Boxes are dark blue, cannot read.

PostPosted: Mon Dec 04, 2017 1:09 am
by det
I did set to higher contrast with the slider in mac/accessibility/Display. Nothing changed in OO. As explained earlier:
1. "Mac/ Prefs/Accessibility/Display/Increase Contrast - uncheck this" makes dark
blue to light blue in OO. (Slightly better to see the text).
2. "Mac/Pref/General/Appearance/Graphite" makes dark blue (or light blue) to
black in OO. (totally un-readable)

Re: Dialog Boxes are dark blue, cannot read.

PostPosted: Mon Dec 04, 2017 2:10 am
by lgusaas
det wrote:I did set to higher contrast with the slider in mac/accessibility/Display. Nothing changed in OO. As explained earlier:
1. "Mac/ Prefs/Accessibility/Display/Increase Contrast - uncheck this" makes dark
blue to light blue in OO. (Slightly better to see the text).
2. "Mac/Pref/General/Appearance/Graphite" makes dark blue (or light blue) to
black in OO. (totally un-readable)

My settings are: "Increase Contrast—unchecked", "contrast slider—all the way to the left".
Text is easily readable in both Blue & Graphite mode.
If I check "Increase Contrast" the blue is darker but I can still read the text. Same in Graphite setting.

As I said before, I can read the text in your screenshots.

I previously asked if this behaviour has changed since you bought your Mac.

Your Mac is old. The display may be fading, or the display calibration may me way off, or there is a problem with the GPU

Re: Dialog Boxes are dark blue, cannot read.

PostPosted: Mon Dec 04, 2017 4:51 pm
by det
Hurrah. It worked! Thanks so much Larry. At least I can read. (not perfect, but I can live with it)
As said previously, I just bought this computer and this blue stuff came up recently.
I mean why black on dark blue? The little hook buttons are all white on blue or white on grey. I'll talk to Apple again.

Re: Dialog Boxes are dark blue, cannot read.

PostPosted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 2:24 am
by det
How do I mark this post as solved??

Re: Dialog Boxes are dark blue, cannot read.

PostPosted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 6:49 am
by robleyd
How to tag a topic as solved.

In your first post, click the Edit button. Go to the subject line and add [Solved] at the beginning of the subject.

Then select the tick as the Post icon (just below the subject line). Preview if you wish to see how it looks.
Finally, hit Submit - done!

Re: Solved Dialog Boxes are dark blue, cannot read.

PostPosted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 6:08 pm
by MrProgrammer
det wrote:Hurrah. It worked.
What specifically did you change to make your display more readable?

"It worked" helps no other people who experience the problem. They would be grateful if you'd explain what setting(s) made your display readable.

Re: Solved Dialog Boxes are dark blue, cannot read.

PostPosted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 10:10 pm
by det
Problem solved, go to:
Mac>Pref.>Accessibility>Display>uncheck "Increase Contrast">"Display Contrast Slider" move all the way to the left.
Text is readable in both Blue & Graphite mode. Not perfect, white text on blue background would be much better like all the other menues. Det

Re: [Solved] Dialog Boxes are dark blue, cannot read.

PostPosted: Sat Apr 21, 2018 8:12 pm
by AD_Ward9
Found a simple solution, using the tips above:
Go to System Preferences / General then unclick "Use dark menu bar and Dock"

I had appearance set to Blue.

Re: [Solved] Dialog Boxes are dark blue, cannot read.

PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 2018 3:55 am
by det
I checked with Hook on and off on "Use dark mean bar and Dock".
No Change. I'm still clicking outside. Thanks for the effort anyway,
Det