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The menu colour is achieved by replacing a single graphic file and the footer I added myself.
To set categories as standard view, that's also an option on the admin dashboard.
Oooo going to get this fired up right away.
A) Split / Merge. Simply impossible to administer a forum without this.
B) Button bar.
C) Both the above, Botstop, Stop forum spam.
Dashboard > Appearance > Homepage
For Categories Layout, use mixed.
Change "Choose the page people should see when they visit:" to Categories if you want visitors to arrive at the Categories page by default.
I'll do that too. Again, thanks for your help it has been invaluable as always