The Basic Settings section of the WindowBlinds
Advanced Configuration window can be used to selectively enable/disable
features. These changes take effect immediately upon pressing the Apply
Changes button with the currently selected skin.
Skin Standard Parts
Standard window buttons (Ok, Cancel,
Change the look of standard windows
buttons (like the OK/Cancel buttons).
Tip: Sometimes buttons are drawn on
windows by using other than the standard system buttons. If an
application uses a proprietary button control, WindowBlinds may not be
able to skin it.
Change the buttons in the taskbar.
Use the graphics included with the skin
to change the look of toolbar buttons (the little icons for things like
Copy/Paste/Print in many apps).
Tip: Enable this option to skin the
QuickLaunch toolbar (included with the Desktop Update feature of
Internet Explorer 4.0 and later). Note that WindowBlinds only skins the
first QuickLaunch toolbar defined on the system.
Skin Advanced Controls
Enable this option to allow WindowBlinds
to skin the edges of menus.
Progress bar controls *
Use WindowBlinds skins for regular system
progress bars. Note that some applications create their own progress bars
and will not be skinned by WindowBlinds.
Tab controls *
Skin notebook-like tab controls.
Enable scrollbar skinning for apps which
use standard scrollbars.
Tip: Some applications (notably
Microsoft's Internet Explorer) have implemented proprietary controls
that look and function like scrollbars, but are not true Windows
scrollbars. At this time, WindowBlinds cannot skin these proprietary
Skin the statusbar on the bottom of windows.
Menu backgrounds *
Skin the background of menus.
* These options are disabled in the
public shareware version. Ordering WindowBlinds or a subscription to
ObjectDesktop.net will provide
access to an enhanced version of WindowBlinds for registered users with
these features enabled.
Skin window backgrounds
Dialog backgrounds (see Backgrounds to
WindowBlinds will apply the skin defined
bitmap to controls using the dialog window class and the backgrounds of
MDI (Multiple Document Interface) applications (apps which allow you to
have multiple open windows inside one larger window which "contains" the
If you find the text in dialogs is
corrupted, see the Video section of the
Support portion of this help file for more information.
Enhance Desktop Elements
Make 3D toolbars flat style (if not
Change application toolbars to the "flat"
look popularized by Internet Explorer and Microsoft Office 97.
Make desktop icon text backgrounds
The area behind an icon's text on the
desktop is normally set to the same color as the Desktop background color
definition in the current Windows scheme settings. This option removes the
color from behind the text and makes the background transparent so the
desktop is not obscured.
This option does not function correctly
when Web View (Active Desktop) is enabled for the desktop.
Apply the skins colour scheme
Change the Windows colours to match those
in the skin definition.
Apply any wallpaper supplied
If the skin author has included a bitmap
for use as desktop wallpaper, select this option to allow it to be
Apply any icon packages supplied (IP
Skin authors sometimes include
icon packages to customize over 50 icons on the desktop for a more
complete visual change. You must have IconPackager (available either
subscribers) installed for this feature to work.
Use skin sounds (if any)
If a skin includes .WAV files for its titlebar
button actions, use these rather than
what your current Windows sound scheme has configured.
Skin the quicklaunch taskbar buttons
If you have enabled the QuickLaunch toolbar on
your taskbar, skin the items on it.
Skin the Display Properties window
Disable this option to leave the Display
Properties window unskinned.
WindowBlinds includes features to speed the
repainting and movements of windows when you drag them around the screen.
In general, unless your video hardware lacks support for this feature,
there is no reason to disable it. If you run at very high resolutions
frequently and find windows lag when you start to drag them, use the
slider to scale back the size of the windows Hyperpaint impacts.
Disable standard windows animation effects
Disable the little animated "stutter" when you
maximize or restore a window.
Optimize resizing performance with ClearType
If you are using ClearType fonts (generally on a
notebook or laptop), optimize the WindowBlinds painting routines to
improve the speed at which windows resize.
This dialog can be used to override the bitmaps
defined in a skin for dialog backgrounds or MDI window backgrounds.
Double-click on the image you want to change and select a new .BMP file to
be used in its place.