Solarized Metapad (How To and Color Codes)

Recently, I talked about a solarized Notepad2. I loved Ethan's Solarized color scheme so much, I tried solarizing some desktop tools I use. One of them is my trusty Metapad.

solarized dark metapad

It's quite easy to use this Solarized color scheme, since its color codes are publicly available on Ethan Schoonover's website.

Since Metapad doesn't support syntax highlighting, we'll just use Solarized's body text/default code/primary content and background color codes.

solarized light metapad

Solarized Color Codes

solarized color codes or palette

These are the codes we need for a solarized Metapad:

Solarized light color codes:
Body text/default code/primary content: 101 123 131 (RGB)
Background: 253 246 227 (RGB)

Solarized dark color codes:
Body text/default code/primary content: 131 148 150 (RGB)
Background: 0  43  54 (RGB)

How to apply Solarized color scheme on Metapad?

1. Open Metapad.

2. Click Options > Settings > View.

solarized metapad settings

3. Primary font settings: Uncheck Use system colours. Click on the little rectangles to set your window and font colors. Window colour: 253 246 227 | Font colour: 101 123 131.

Secondary font settings: Uncheck Use system colours. Click on the little rectangles to set your window and font colors. Window colour: 0  43  54 | Font colour: 131 148 150.

Normally, Secondary font is used for other purposes like for printing and stuff. But this time, we're using it as the dark version of our color scheme.

4. Switch between light and dark modes by clicking Options > Check/Uncheck Primary Font. Or by simply pressing Ctrl+R.

toggle solarized light and dark mode on metapad

5. Done.

Enjoy your solarized Metapad.

P.S. The custom font in these screenshots is Calibri Regular 14.