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Colorizing the Title Bar

It’s very interesting if we can do some customizing over title bar on screen, like this:

Colorizing Title Bar

Colorizing Title Bar

Here the tricks:

package pete.android.study;

import android.app.Activity;
import android.graphics.Color;
import android.os.Bundle;
import android.view.View;
import android.view.ViewParent;
import android.widget.TextView;

public class MainActivity extends Activity {

    public void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {

        // load title bar from Android layout
        TextView titleBar = (TextView)getWindow().findViewById(android.R.id.title);
        if (titleBar != null) {
            // set text color, YELLOW as sample
            // find parent view
            ViewParent parent = titleBar.getParent();
            if (parent != null && (parent instanceof View)) {
                // set background on parent, BRICK as sample
                View parentView = (View)parent;
                parentView.setBackgroundColor(Color.rgb(0x88, 0x33, 0x33));

If you want to do some customization on default Android screen layout by re-construct the framework, then refer to this file: platforms/android-2.3.3/data/res/layout/screen.xml, whereas replace 2.3.3 by your version.

Have fun 😀



Pete Houston

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  1. praveen
    January 24, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    I tried using setText() although there is no error title doesn’t change its the same as set in manifest. Then I removed the title for activity from manifest then the title of the app is being used as the title but the setText() content is totally ignored, although there are no errors or exceptions.

  2. praveen
    January 24, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    How to change the title of the title bar

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