I disabled temporarily UltraCompare Professional and ran from UltraEdit for Windows v2022.1.0.112 a simple text comparison resulting in starting UltraCompare Lite to do the text comparison.
I could see the issue you reported with the Click to unlock features...
item appearing on the left side of the menu bar instead of the right side of the menu bar on right clicking on the ribbon and clicking in context menu on last item Toolbar/Menu Mode
. That is definitely a bug of UltraCompare Lite v18.104.22.168 as installed with UltraEdit for Windows v2022.1.0.112. Please report this bug by email to UltraEdit support. The workaround for this issue is changing the UC Lite application window mode from normal to maximized mode or from maximized to normal and back to maximized mode which results in getting displayed Click to unlock features...
on right side of the menu bar. UC Lite remembers activated toolbar/menu mode in Windows registry for the current user and starts the next time immediately in toolbar/menu mode with Click to unlock features...
appearing now correct on right side of the menu bar.
I found another issue with UC Lite v22.214.171.124 running on Windows 7 with using the Windows Classic desktop theme instead of the standard Windows 7 Aero user interface. If the application window is in normal mode with ribbon interface enabled and a switch to toolbar/menu mode is made and next the application window is maximized, the window mode changes, but the window is still displayed as before in normal mode with just moving all window items to top left edge of the maximized window whereby the maximized window has only the width and height of the normal window before which means the items on right side of the title bar and the status bar at bottom are not visible at all. That is a very strange window display which I have never seen before with any application. There must be double clicked the main title bar to switch back from maximized to normal window mode to get UC Lite usable at all. There is also a workaround for this very strange display issue. In ribbon mode is first maximized the application window of UC Lite and then the switch to toolbar/menu mode is done. Then there is no main application window display issue in maximized and normal window mode with using toolbar/menu mode.
I don't understand like you the limitation to use a different theme than the default dark Slate
theme. There are installed several other default themes. I would understand that UC Lite restricts a customization of a theme using the Manage Themes
dialog, but it does not make sense to install UC Lite with UltraEdit with several default themes and it is nevertheless not possible to change to another installed theme. I suggest to send a feature request email to UltraEdit support for adding the ability to select a different theme in UC Lite from one of the installed default themes.
I found a workaround for the theme selection limitation.
- Open in Windows File Explorer started as administrator on UltraEdit and therefore also UC Lite installed into a directory which requires elevated privileges of a local administrator for modification of files and browse to the subdirectory uclite\default data\themes in the UltraEdit program files directory which is by default %ProgramFiles%\IDM Computer Solutions\UltraEdit or %ProgramFiles(x86)%\IDM Computer Solutions\UltraEdit.
- Rename the file Slate.ue-theme for example to Slate_ue-theme, i.e. remove the file extension by changing the dot to an underscore.
- Create a copy of the file Classic.ue-theme in the directory and rename the copy to Slate.ue-theme.
UltraCompare Lite loads now on start Slate.ue-theme
, but that file does not contain anymore the dark Slate
theme, but the light Classic
theme which I favor in UltraCompare Professional too. Well, in real I use in UC Professional a custom theme derived from the Classic
theme with more improvements.
It is not possible to change the theme directly in Windows registry. I tried that, too. But UC Lite overwrites always a modified theme configuration in Windows registry.
Please note that this "hack" of the Slate
theme file must be done after every update/upgrade of UltraEdit again. A batch file run as administrator would be advisable to make the necessary file changes quickly after an update/upgrade of UltraEdit.
UltraEdit for Windows v23.10 was installed with UC Lite v126.96.36.199. That was the last UC Lite version without support for ribbon mode and without support for themes. I tried also the usage of this version of UC Lite with UltraEdit v2022.1.0.112 and at least for a text comparison it works too. So, it would be also possible to use always this version of UC Lite with the latest installed UltraEdit. I can offer uploading a ZIP or RAR archive file with the six files of UC Lite v188.8.131.52 if you would prefer the usage of that older version of UC Lite with currently latest UltraEdit. However, the latest UC Lite has usually not only changes in user interface, but also comparison improvements which might be in some use cases useful too. I do not recommend for that reason to use old version of UC Lite, but try to customize the user interface of latest UC Lite to the own requirements.
Please note that the theme files are XML files which can be edited also in UltraEdit to customize them on some colors are not good. My custom UC Professional theme file contains customizations not offered in the Manage Themes
dialog window to get really all items in UltraCompare window displayed as I would like them. I made the few changes (a mode change and two color changes) with UltraEdit directly on the theme file and of course sent an enhancement request to UltraEdit support for making the two colors also customizable in the Manage Themes