Change the InRoads Roadway Designer background screen color to white

Written by Bob Mecham.

White background for the Roadway Designer dialog

Whether you have a personal preference to use white as your background color or you need to create screen captures there is a variable that will change the background to white.  Creating a new Windows System Environment Variable (not a MicroStation variable) will change the background screen color of the Roadway Designer and Templates dialogs to white.  OPENQV_WHITE_BACKGROUND = 1

  1. Right-click My Computer, and then click Properties.
  2. Click the Advanced tab.
  3. Click Environment variables button.
  4. Click New to add a new variable name OPENQV_WHITE_BACKGROUND and value 1.
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This tip applies to the V8i (SELECTseries) releases of MicroStation and InRoads.

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Bob Mecham

Bob Mecham

Bob joined the training and consulting firm EnvisionCAD in 2000 and became a partner in June of 2002. He has specialized in the software MicroStation & InRoads from Bentley Systems, Inc. Mr. Mecham is an industry expert in the implementation, configuration, development, and customization of the two software applications MicroStation and InRoads. Bob instructs MicroStation classes ranging from fundamentals to advanced productivity. He has extensive experience using, implementing, and instructing both InRoads Survey and InRoads Site Design. Bob received his degree in Civil Engineering Technology from the Madison Area Technical College in 1992 and has over a decade of experience in the use, implementation, and management of software and CADD systems. He has worked for a wide range of organizations providing services from general survey and engineering services to specific applications such as landfills and site design.

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3 comments on “Change the InRoads Roadway Designer background screen color to white

  1. Karl Reply


    I have tried this and it works fine. However I would like another colour to rest my eyes on, lets say grey. It is possible to get another colour then white or black?

    Thanks for great tips that helps in my every day work!

  2. Edip Reply

    Hi.Thank you. It worked for ss4 too. Your short tutorials are very useful. I wish one of your training course would exist in Turkey too. There is no training course for Inroads in Turkey.

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