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There had been like 5 threads in the past ten years talking about how it's a hassle to set the tab control background color.

Yet the seemingly simple reverse -- getting the tab background color and matching everything else to it -- is not talked about at all.

How do you retrieve the default background color of tab controls used by the current operating system?

Windows 10 is rgb(255,255,255), and Windows 11 seems to be some weird shade of pinkish white that is not found in any registry entries, so no luck there either.

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That's for device contexts, we do not know if the color being drawn as the tab background is the same as the gdi device context.

 

GUISetBkColor(0x00ff00,GUICreate(''))
Local $tabs = GUICtrlCreateTab(10,10,380,380)
Local $tab1 = GUICtrlCreateTabItem('test')
GUICtrlCreateTabItem('')
GUISetState()

local $bkColor = DllCall('gdi32.dll','dword','GetBkColor','handle',DllCall('user32.dll','hwnd','GetDC','hwnd',$tabs)[0])[0]
      $bkColor = BitShift(BitAnd(0x000000FF,$bkColor),-16) + BitAnd(0x0000FF00,$bkColor) + BitShift(BitAnd(0x00FF0000,$bkColor),16)
msgbox(0,'Tabs BkColor',Hex($bkColor)) ; clearly incorrect

local $bkColor = DllCall('gdi32.dll','dword','GetBkColor','handle',DllCall('user32.dll','hwnd','GetDC','hwnd',$tab1)[0])[0]
      $bkColor = BitShift(BitAnd(0x000000FF,$bkColor),-16) + BitAnd(0x0000FF00,$bkColor) + BitShift(BitAnd(0x00FF0000,$bkColor),16)
msgbox(0,'Tab1 BkColor',Hex($bkColor)) ; can't tell when I'm not on Win11

 

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$tabs is a control ID, not a handle.

GUISetBkColor(0x00ff00, GUICreate(''))
Local $tabs = GUICtrlCreateTab(10, 10, 380, 380)
Local $tab1 = GUICtrlCreateTabItem('test')
GUICtrlCreateTabItem('')
GUISetState()

#include <WinAPIGdiDC.au3>
#include <WinAPIGdi.au3>

$hWnd_tabs = GUICtrlGetHandle($tabs)
$hDC_tabs = _WinAPI_GetDC($hWnd_tabs)
MsgBox(0,"","0x" & hex(_WinAPI_GetBkColor($hDC_tabs)))
_WinAPI_ReleaseDC($hWnd_tabs, $hDC_tabs)

$hWnd_tabs = GUICtrlGetHandle($tab1)
$hDC_tabs = _WinAPI_GetDC($hWnd_tabs)
MsgBox(0,"","0x" & hex(_WinAPI_GetBkColor($hDC_tabs)))
_WinAPI_ReleaseDC($hWnd_tabs, $hDC_tabs)

 

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