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Put Vista’s thick borders on a diet

I’ve never been a fan of thick borders of Vista’s Aero theme. It’s always struck me as a bit cartoonish. The height of the title bar is also larger than I like. The other night I went spelunking around to see if I could do something about it. To my surprise it’s not only possible, but is easy to do. Here’s a comparison of before and after.

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These border sizes are closer to what Windows XP uses. To get started right click on the desktop and select “Personalize” and then “Window Color and Appearance.”

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When the dialog opens, select “Open classic appearance properties for more options”.

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Next comes a throw back to the past. The Appearance Settings dialog ala Windows XP. Click on the “Advanced” button.

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In the “Advanced Appearance” dialog select “Active Title Bar”. I went as low as it allowed which was 17.

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Next, go to “Border Padding” and set it to zero.

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And that’s it. It’s not a big difference but when you’re running on a laptop, every pixel counts.

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