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Sunday, April 23, 2006

BaseHue Express for WM5 Devices

Description: Change the BaseHue of your WM5 device the easy way!
Requirements: SP WM5 (176x220 and QVGA) and PPC WM5 (QVGA/VGA)
Last updated:
April 23, 2006

The interface colors of the WM5 device is mainly based on a single hue. Most UI elements, such as the Taskbar, the softkeys, buttons, etc., are thus "painted" using this hue, with varying degrees of Saturation and Luminosity or Lightness.

In order to change the UI colors, one can use a registry editor and change the DWORD value BaseHue in HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Color.

The accepted value of this DWORD value ranges from 0 to 4294967295. If you choose a value between 0 - 255, you'll get greyscale UI colors. Any other value from 256 above gives you "colored" UI elements.

I read in a forum ( that whereas the accepted value of BaseHue is up to 4294967295, the colors actually just repeat. The main hue value are from 256 to 510. Anything higher will give you the same colors as represented by those numbers.

I wrote this application that simplifies changing the BaseHue value without the need for manually tweaking the registry - the BaseHue Express. Just run the application on your WM5 device, choose a color from the color wheel, press the left softkey "Apply", and your UI Colors affected by BaseHue is automatically changed.


  • Left = move countercloskwise (more precise)
  • Down = move counterclockwise (faster)
  • Right = move clockwise (more precise)
  • Up = move clockwise (faster)

PPC WM5 screenshots:

Just download the zip file below, extract on your PC, transfer BaseHueExpress.exe to your device (Smartphone or PPC), and run BaseHueExpress.exe (NOTE: you have to manually create a shortcut on your Start/Programs Menu.)

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