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How to Configure the Transparency of Window Borders in Windows 7

Microsoft may brag about how great the transparency effects of Windows 7 Aero are but I do not personally see that it adds much to my computing experience. In fact, the transparent borders on windows of Aero themes are a problem when I want to make screenshots for articles.

However, the transparency effects can be configured to suit individual preferences and here is the procedure:

  1. Right-click on an empty spot on the desktop.
  2. Select “Personalize” from the context menu.
  3. At the bottom of the Personalize dialog window, click “Windows Color”.
  4. A new window will open as illustrated in the graphic below. The section of interest is outlined in red.
  5. To disable transparency effects, remove any check by “Enable transparency”.
  6. The transparency effect can be also be kept but with the amount of transparency controlled with the slide bar marked “Color intensity”. Place the mouse pointer on the slide, hold down the left click and move the slide as desired.
  7. Any changes you apply can be seen immediately.
  8. Once you have configured the settings to your liking, click the button “Save changes”.

Configuring Windows 7 Aero transparenccy

And there you are—make them solid or transparent, whichever way you like your windows borders.

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by Rich_v2.0 on 9. June 2011 - 18:42  (73567)

Is there any way to customize the left panel of the Start Menu so that instead of white with black text, it matches the right half of the menu using the Aero Glass effect with dark transparent background and white text?

by Burn-IT on 9. June 2011 - 12:05  (73546)

While you are there, you might like to reduces the thickness of the line around every Window.
The option is called Border Padding and by default is set to 4 pixels. To change it click on the Advanced appearance settings and you get the old style Windows appearance dialogue. It is really intended for none Aero, but some of the settings do still work.
Don't forget to save your scheme when you have finished.