Windows System Colors

NameRegistrySymbolDescription
ActiveBorderActiveBorderCOLOR_ACTIVEBORDERColor of active window border
ActiveCaptionActiveTitleCOLOR_ACTIVECAPTIONColor of active window caption
AppWorkspaceAppWorkspaceCOLOR_APPWORKSPACEBackground color of multiple document interface
BackgroundBackgroundCOLOR_BACKGROUNDColor of desktop background
ButtonFaceButtonFaceCOLOR_BTNFACEFace color of buttons
ButtonHighlightButtonHilightCOLOR_BTNHIGHLIGHTHighlight color for buttons
ButtonShadow ButtonShadowCOLOR_BTNSHADOWShadow color for buttons
ButtonTextButtonTextCOLOR_BTNTEXTText color on push buttons
CaptionTextTitleTextCOLOR_CAPTIONTEXTText color of caption
GrayTextGrayTextCOLOR_GRAYTEXTColor of disabled text
HighlightHilightCOLOR_HIGHLIGHTBackground color of selected items in a control
HighlightTextHilightTextCOLOR_HIGHLIGHTTEXTText color of selected items in a control
InactiveBorderInactiveBorderCOLOR_INACTIVEBORDERColor of inactive window border
InactiveCaptionInactiveTitleCOLOR_INACTIVECAPTIONBackground color of inactive window caption
InactiveCaptionTextInactiveTitleTextCOLOR_INACTIVECAPTIONTEXTText color of an inactive caption
InfoBackgroundInfoWindowCOLOR_INFOBKBackground color of tooltip controls
InfoTextInfoTextCOLOR_INFOTEXTText color of tooltip controls
MenuMenuCOLOR_MENUBackground color of menus
MenuTextMenuTextCOLOR_MENUTEXTText color of menus
ScrollbarScrollbarCOLOR_SCROLLBARBackground color of scroll bars
ThreeDDarkShadowButtonDkShadowCOLOR_3DDKSHADOWDark shadow of 3D buttons
ThreeDFaceButtonFaceCOLOR_3DFACEFace color of 3D buttons
ThreeDHighlightButtonHilightCOLOR_3DHILIGHTHighlight color for 3D buttons
ThreeDLightShadowButtonAlternateFaceCOLOR_3DLIGHTLight color for 3D buttons
ThreeDShadowButtonShadowCOLOR_3DSHADOWDark shadow for 3D buttons
WindowWindowCOLOR_WINDOWBackground color of windows
WindowFrameWindowFrameCOLOR_WINDOWFRAMEColor of window frame
WindowTextWindowTextCOLOR_WINDOWTEXTText color in windows
HotTrackingColorCOLOR_HOTLIGHTColor for hot-tracked item
GradientActiveTitleCOLOR_GRADIENTACTIVECAPTIONRight gradient color for active window caption
GradientInactiveTitleCOLOR_GRADIENTINACTIVECAPTIONRight gradient color for inactive window caption
MenuHilightCOLOR_MENUHILIGHTBackground color of selected items in a "flat" menu
MenuBarCOLOR_MENUBARBackground color of a "flat" menu bar

Notes:
Color swatches are for illustration of the "Windows Classic" color scheme.
Names can be used in CSS style sheets.
Registry values are under HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Colors.
Symbols are used by the GetSysColor Windows API function.