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Add Color Coding to Windows 7 Media Center Program Guide

Are you looking for a way to help organize your channel guide in Windows 7 Media Center? Today we’ll show you how to quickly and easily add color coding by category to your channel guide.

Add Color Coding

Applying color coding is a cool way to help identify the content of each channel. To add color coding open up Windows Media Center and go to Tasks > Settings.

Then click on TV

Then go to Guide…

Then Guide Page Options

Click the check box to select Apply colored backgrounds to shows, based on their category. Then click “Save.”

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Now, when you access your program guide, the TV listings will be nicely color coded.

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Media Center color codes your channel guide by the following 5 program categories.

Color Program Category
Purple Movies
Dark Blue Sports
Light Blue Kids shows
Orange/Brown Specials
Green News Shows

This is another nice little addition to your Windows Media Center setup that adds visual appeal and brings your Media Center closer to the true DVR experience. Also make sure to check out our previous article where we showed you how to add Network logos to your channel guide in Windows 7 Media Center.

Andrew is a media center geek with some serious Windows skills. He's never far from a WiFi connection or a great cup of coffee.

  • Published 02/19/10

Comments (4)

  1. sudharsan @ technoskillonline

    very nice tutor…..

  2. Alec S.

    The Lizzie McGuire movie is on? When; where?

  3. TomAmitai

    The link to the article about adding network logos is dead.

  4. Nelson Gillis

    I don’t know if i’m in the right place, but I’m having trouble downloading my camera manual.
    Windows Media always jumps in,and I never do get it downloaded.
    I can’t seem to find another way to do it.!!! any help ;-(

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