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In WindowBlinds, the computer graphics (i.e. colour (color), style) is referred to as any of the following: Visual Style, Skin, or Personality. These terms all refer to the same thing and are used interchangeably in WindowBlinds and this documentation. Though the term "Skin" is the most common. The term Texture is also used to refer to the colouring & pattern of the skin graphics.
Visual Styles may include any of the following additional elements: Styles (substyles), Textures, Wallpapers, and Fonts.
Your Windows desktop is made up of a number of separate items
that WindowBlinds and this documentation will refer to. To help you
understand the terms used, here are some of the most common ones.
The Notification Area (formerly called System Tray) - is (by default) in the lower, right-hand corner of your screen with the clock.
Start Menu - is the menu that appears in the lower, right corner after clicking the Windows orb button.
The Taskbar - (by default) is located on the bottom on your desktop and may include minimized applications / windows. The Start button (to open the Start menu) is located on the far left.
The Titlebar - is the top most frame of a window, and typically includes: an icon (far left) that if you click will open the system menu, title of the application or window (i.e. Calculator), and buttons (minimize, maximize, close).
The User Interface (UI) - is what you see on the screen when an
application runs, such as: window, frame, title bar, buttons, various types of
Texture - is a new feature that allows you to add a textured graphic to various elements of the desktop.
There are some options in WindowBlinds that are only available (visible) in Windows 7, Vista and XP. This manual will notify you if a feature is for only one operating system, otherwise assume it is available for all versions of Windows (i.e. 7/Vista/XP).
WindowBlinds can be installed through stand-alone installer for the 30-day Trial version.
Otherwise, locate the icon on the Start Menu by doing the following:
WindowBlinds 7 Configuration initially displays a menu across the top, a large preview area in the center, then below are filter options, thumbnails of each installed Visual Style and a tabbed menu at the bottom with the "Visual Styles" tab selected by default. The other tabs relate to the selected visual style, with grayed out tabs not available for that style. Not all features are available for all skins, as a result, some tabs are grayed out (unavailable) and some tabs will not support all features as shown in this manual.
The top menu consists of the following items:
In the center of the WindowBlinds application window is the preview area which will display the selected visual style and any changes you select. The type (i.e. UIS0 Skin, UIS1 Skin, UIS2 Skin) of visual style will be displayed under the preview as a caption.
When the "Visual Styles" tab (bottom) is selected, under the preview area are options to "Filter by". This allows you to view just the thumbnails for the visual styles meeting either the rating and/or the text you type into the Search field. As you download and accumulate more skins, these options will quickly aid you in searching for just the right one.
Under the filter options, are thumbnails of available visual styles displaying a small sample of the skin. The same visual styles are included on Windows 7/Vista/XP, except XP lacks the new UIS0 format skins.
Finally, on the bottom of the WindowBlinds window is a tabbed menu of options that changes depending on the type of visual style selected. Black text on white means the option is available, while gray text on white means the option is not available. Clicking on each tab changes the thumbnails area to settings related to that tab. For instance, clicking on the "Aero Colours" visual style thumbnail, then clicking on the "Colours" tab, will display a list of colours you can change that skin to. Clicking on a solid color box will update the preview area so you can see how it will look, before applying to your desktop.
When you make a change to a setting on a tab, you will notice a checkmark next to the title of the tab. So in the case of the "Colours" tab, if you selected red, the checkmark will be in a red circle to show that you made a change to the colour of the skin. This is a quick way to find what areas of the visual style you changed.
In the lower right corner of WindowBlinds, to the right of the last menu tab, you may see an animated busy icon anytime WindowBlinds is working. You may see it as you change between visual styles, make changes, etc..
The WindowBlinds application window can be downsized vertically to reduce the visible footprint on your desktop to hide the preview area.
All of these menu options & tabs will be covered in greater detail in the following pages.