February 24, 2010, 1:32 PM — Last week I showed you how to add channel logos to the Windows Media Center TV guide. Today let's look at another guide tweak: color-coding the listings.
See, if you're anything like me, you routinely flip through your hundred-plus channels in search of, say, a movie to watch or some college basketball. Much as I like WMC's comforting all-blue channel guide, it doesn't let me spot specific types of shows at a glance.
Deep within WMC's settings, there's an option to enable color-coded listings. To find it, click through Tasks, Settings, TV, Guide, Guide Page Options, then click the check-box for Apply colored backgrounds to shows, based on their category. Click Save and you're done!
In case it's not immediately obvious, the color-coding goes like this:
Purple = movies
Light blue = kids and family
Green = sports
Yellow = news
Orange = special
By the way, this works in the Windows 7 versions of Windows Media Center; not sure about Vista.