There are two ways to change the File Manager color scheme, as follows:
To change the colors in the tree and file panes, use the -fg and -bg command line flags to specify different colors for your foreground (characters) and background. For example, if you want the tree and file panes to have blue characters on a gray background, try starting File Manager in a Command Tool or Shell Tool by typing the following:
filemgr -fg 0 0 255 -bg 127 127 127 &
Each trio of numbers represents red, green, and blue intensities from 0 to 255.
Alternatively, you can specify the actual names of colors instead of the trio of numbers, as follows:
filemgr -fg blue -bg gray50 &
To see the available list of color names, look at the file /usr/openwin/lib/rgb.txt.
If you do not like the colors of the icons displayed in File Manager, use the Binder with its Color Chooser to change the colors to your liking. See "Changing a Binding" of the chapter "Binder" for information.
File Manager first looks for entries in the Binder database to determine colors of the icons it displays. If File Manager cannot make contact with the Binder database, it issues a warning message, and then uses the colors set up via X resources, described in the filemgr manual page.