To change a skin, simply select it from
the listbox click Apply Changes (at left) or Apply this skin now.
This will load the skin and immediately apply it to all open and new windows on
the system. You can also select the Windows Classic
skin to unload WindowBlinds and use the default Windows look.
The listing of skins installed is
refreshed when you install/delete a skin or when you change the sorting
with the following option.
Install skin from disk
After downloading a WindowBlinds skin
from the Internet (it will be contained in a .WBA or .ZIP file), press
this button to bring up a File Open dialog. Select the downloaded .WBA or
.ZIP file in question and press Open to install the skin.
Tip: WindowBlinds skins downloaded
from the Internet that have a .WBA file extension can be installed by
double-clicking on them with the left mouse button in Explorer. Note
that systems using ZipMagic will need to rename .ZIP skin downloads to .WBA
and double-click on them to install (ZipMagic treats the .ZIP's as
folders and prevents WindowBlinds from installing them correctly).
Skins will be installed to a subdirectory
off the WindowBlinds directory. The name of the subdirectory must match
the name of the .UIS file included in the .WBA/.ZIP skin package for the
skin to show up in the list.
Tip: There are over 2100 WindowBlinds
skins available from the skin libraries at
skins are being uploaded all the time. Be sure to check out
(available standalone and as part of ObjectDesktop.net) to aid you in
creating your own skins!
Install skin from web
Selecting this option to open a browser
window to the WindowBlinds skin library section at
WinCustomize.com. Browse the
libraries there and click the download link to automatically download and
install .WBA skins. Some skins may be packaged as .ZIP files. Save these
to your local machine and them follow the instructions under Install
skin from disk above.
Find another skin
This button will bring up a dialog to
help you search for a specific installed skin. Enter the first few letters
of the skin name and press Enter to search.
Filter the skin list
Use this dialog to select
alternative sorting options for listing the available skins. The list may
be sorted by skin name, skin author, and the date the skin was installed. The
checkboxes for the various categories can be disabled to suppress skins
from those categories from being displayed. Please note that this is a new
feature and not all skins will have category information embedded to allow
this option to work.
Edit in SkinStudio
SkinStudio (available from
create your own skins or modify existing ones! The enhanced versions for
registered users contains a library of GUI Widgets that you can use to mix
and match elements from different skins.
Change skin colour *
Skins designed for WindowBlinds may
include support for changing the color of the skin. Enable the support via
the checkbox on the dialog shown above and select a blending percentage
with the slider. Use the Change skin colour button to bring up a
color selection window to chose the color you would like to use.
You can enable the Force the skin to
have the colour checkbox to attempt to apply the color features even
to skins which have not specifically included support for it. Be aware
that it may look funny trying to force this feature on skins that have not
been designed with that in mind).
* This option is disabled in the
public shareware version. Ordering WindowBlinds or a subscription to
provide access to an enhanced version of WindowBlinds for registered
users with this feature enabled.
Set skin category
Manually set the skin categorization for skins
that do not include that information.
Delete this skin
Remove the currently selected skin and
its associated files.
Apply any changes to settings you have
Brings up a dialog with version information about
this build of WindowBlinds.
Unload WindowBlinds from memory.
Tip: WindowBlinds can be unloaded by
right clicking on the WindowBlinds icon in the system tray and selecting
Unload WindowBlinds. You can also create a shortcut to the WBLOAD.EXE
file in the
WindowBlinds directory and use add a parameter of UNLOAD to send a message to WindowBlinds to unload.
Tip: When WindowBlinds is not
loaded, it is not changing or modifying anything on your system.
Close the WindowBlinds Advanced Configuration
window. Selecting this option will not unload WindowBlinds or apply
any settings changes you may have made.