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Article Title: Changing Advanced Display Options in Windows, 7, and 8.1
Author: Michael J. Casimir
Creation Date: June 30, 2016
Last Modified: Thursday, June 30, 2016 4:48 AM
Applies To:
Windows XP Media Centre Edition
Windows XP Home Edition
Windows 7
Windows Vista

One of the main duties of the operating system is to configure how it looks. You can configure various elements associated with objects, scrollbars, titlebars, and other items using the Display properties window found within the control panel. This video demonstration and article will provide a complete walkthrough for customizing advanced display options.

1.4C - Modifying Advanced Display Settings

Windows makes it easy to configure the fonts, colours, and attributes of Windows and dialogue boxes. You can change the way buttons and windows look and you can specify the visual effects of Windows. This section will guide you through the process of customizing the appearance of Windows. To bring up the Display Properties click Start, Control Panel, and Display. Click the Appearance tab to configure the options. The following figure shows this step.


How To Access Display Properties Option in Windows XP

This section provides an overview of how to modify advanced display settings of ojects and other windows elements on Windows XP Professional or Home based personal computers.

( a ) Left click Start.

The Windows Start Button in Windows XP Home and Professional

( b ) Left click Control Panel.

Accessing the Windows Control Panel On the Start Menu in Windows XP

( c ) In the Windows Control Panel, double left click the Display icon.

Accessing the Windows XP Display Properties Window.

This will load the Display Properties window as shown.

Left click the Apperances tab to access options.

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Figure 1.4B -The Windows XP Appearance Tab

1. Select a visual style you want to use for Windows and buttons as defined in the Themes tab.
2. Modify the current colour scheme by selecting an option from this list box.
3. You can modify the visual effects of all Windows by clicking the Effects tab.

To configure advanced options such as font colours and other font attributes click the Advanced button. The Advanced Appearance window is shown as illustrated in the screenshot in the next section.


Changing The Appearance of Windows and Other Objects

This section will walk you through the process of configuring advanced appearance options associated with the XP desktop. Figure 1.4A shown below shows the appearance window. Each option contained on this window is explained in the following section.

Advanced Appearance Window
Figure 1.3A -The Windows XP Appearance Tab
1. This area provides an active preview of all changes made on this window.
2. To specify a different theme automatically for all windows and buttons left click this drop down menu and select a value from this list.
3. To specify a color for the theme currently installed left click this drop down menu and select a value from this list.
4. To change the size of fonts on your screen left click this drop down menu and select a value from the list. The three options you have to choose from include Normal, Large, and Extra Large, with each value increasing the size of fonts displayed on your screen.
5. To configure more miscellanious display options left click this Effects button. A new window will appear and all options are described in section 1.3B.
6. To configure other more advanced display options left click this Advanced button. The options you can specify on the following window are described in section 1.3C.
7. Left mouse click this Apply button to save all changes up to this point.
8. Left mouse click this Cancel button to abort all changes and close the window.
9. Left mouse click this OK button to finalize all changes and close the window.

Changing The Effects Of Window Elements

Advanced Appearance Window
Figure 1.3B -The Windows XP Appearance Tab
1. Left click a value from this drop down menu to specify the fade effects for menus and tooltip elements.

Scroll effects - this will cause items to scroll open and closed.

Fade Effect - this will cause items to fade open and closed.

2.

Left click a value from this drop down menu to specify how fonts are displayed on the screen.

ClearType - is best suited for laptop monitors and computers with an LCD display and results in a much clearer display.

Standard - is best suited for computers with a CRT based monitor.

3. Left click this checkbox to have Windows display icons at a larger than standard size.
4. Left click this checkbox to have Windows always display a shadow style under menus. Unchecking this option will result in faster performance.
5. Left click this checkbox to have Windows always display the contents of any window being moved or resized. Unchecking this option will result in faster performance.
6. Left click this checkbox to instruct windows to not underline letters for shortcuts and other keyboard commands until you actually start navigating with the keyboard.
7. Left mouse click this Cancel button to abort all changes and close the window.
8. Left mouse click this OK button to finalize all changes and close the window.

Changing Advanced Settings Related To Window Appearance

Advanced Appearance Window
Figure 1.3C -The Windows XP Appearance Tab
1. This area provides an active preview of all changes made on this window.
2. Left click a specific value from the drop down menu to specify additional settings and colors for the item.

Click this link for a page that shows a description for each item within this drop down menu.

3. This box will allow you to specify a size for the selected item in box 2.
4. Left click a value in these boxes to specify the colors for the selected item in box 2.
5. Left click the values in this area to specify additional attributes for the selected item in box 2.

Bold Icon This option will specify a bolded option for the selected item in box 2.
Bold Icon This option will specify an italicized option for the selected item in box 2.
6. Left click this drop down box and select a color for the font associated with the item selected in box 2.
7. Left mouse click this Cancel button to abort all changes and close the window.
8. Left mouse click this OK button to finalize all changes and close the window.

Congratulations! You now have a basic understanding of how to change appearance on objects in Windows XP.

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