Change the Appearance

Appearances can sometimes look and behave like a Theme because the visual changes they apply are so widespread. And while it might seem like splitting hairs, they are indeed two different features. Although both can have a dramatic impact on the overall look of Windows, Appearances focus mostly on colors, whereas Themes are likely to change fonts, buttons, and so on. The Windows XP Theme, for example, can take on several different Appearances, from the default neon blue to silver to green. The Windows Classic Theme, on the other hand, doesn't let you change colors so readily.

Here's how to change the appearance of Windows XP:


Right-click on an empty area of the desktop and choose Properties.


The Display Properties dialog box appears. Select the Appearance tab, as shown in Figure 5-2.

Figure 5-2. Changing the Appearance.


To quickly change the color of XP's windows and buttons, click the drop-down menu titled Color Scheme and select a new color scheme. The Sample window will give you a preview of your selection.


Click OK to commit your changes.

You can also use the Appearance tab to configure the effects used when displaying windows and doing things like opening menus and tooltips. Click on the Effects button to display options for these effects, as shown in Figure 5-3. For example, you can choose to scroll or fade menus, and you can decide whether to use shadows under menus.

Figure 5-3. Configuring Appearance effects.


If using a laptop computer, I highly recommend you use ClearType to smooth the edges of screen fonts. The ClearType feature alone is often ample reason to switch to XP on a laptop. The fonts are much more, well, clear.

Spring Into Windows XP Service Pack 2
Spring Into Windows XP Service Pack 2
ISBN: 013167983X
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2004
Pages: 275
Authors: Brian Culp © 2008-2017.
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