Display Style and Colors

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By default Wing runs with native look and feel for each OS (except on Linux where it cannot use the system-provided UI libraries), and with a classic white background style for the editor.

Editor Color Configuration

The colors used for the user interface are selected with the User Interface > Color Palette preference. This affects editor background color and the color of markers on text such as the selection, debug run marker, caret line highlight, bookmarks, diff/merge annotations, and other configurable colors. Palettes also define 20 additional colors that appear in preferences menus that are used for selecting colors.

Most of the defaults set by the color palette preference can be overridden on a value-by-value basis in preferences. For example, the Editor > Selection/Caret > Selection Color preference is used to change the text selection color to a value other than the one specified in the selected color palette. Each such preference allows selection of a color from the current color palette, or an arbitrary color from a color chooser dialog.

In Wing Pro and Wing Personal, the colors used for syntax highlighting code in the editor can be configured separately, as described in Custom Syntax Coloring.

UI Color Configuration

To apply the color palette also to the UI outside of the editor, enable the User Interface > Use Color Palette Throughout the UI preference. This is the way to change Wing to using a uniform background color. For a dark background use this option together with One Dark or one of the other dark themed palettes.

Add Color Palettes

Additional color palettes can be defined and stored in the palettes sub-directory of the Settings Directory. This directory must be created if it does not already exist. Example palettes are included in your Wing installation in resources/palettes. After adding a palette in this way, Wing must be restarted to make it available for use.