Change Advanced Appearance Settings in Windows 8 and 7

You liked Windows 7 so much, that you are facing trouble with the Metro UI of Windows 8. In Windows 7, there was an easy option to customize windows color and appearance using the advanced appearance settings. If you are not well versed with that feature in Windows 7, here’s a quick look around.

How to change Color, Size and Font for Window Items?

Right-click on your Windows 7 desktop (mine is Windows 7 Ultimate) and from the context-menu select Personalize. Otherwise, you can also browse through Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Personalization to arrive at the same.

You will be presented with the themes available on your system. Below the theme you selected you will see several options like Desktop Background, Window Color, Sounds, Screen Saver etc. Click on Window Color.

This will take you to the next screen. At the bottom you see, Advanced Appearance Settings. Click on it. This will open up Window Color and Appearance pop-up window. There you have a label Itemand the options to change font, size, color etc. Generally its possible to change the font for Aero themes only. For customized themes and themes downloaded from online, this may not be available.

You can also reach this pop-up window through this navigation – Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Personalization\Window Color and Appearance and click on Advanced Appearance Settings at the bottom.

What about Windows 8 ?

As we have just stated earlier it was very easy to customize text size, font and color of Window Items in XP, Vista and 7. If you are testing the Windows 8 release preview, you might have found that this option is not accessible as simple as in other Windows operating systems.

  • Using Desktop Personalisation
  • Using Registry Editor

METHOD 1 : Desktop Personalization

Open the “Display” settings screen by selecting the “Personalize” option from Desktop context menu and now click on “Display” link given at the bottom left side bar.

 METHOD 2: Using Registry Editor

1. Press “WIN+R” key together. Now go to following keys :

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Colors
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\Colors
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\WindowMetrics

These registry keys have different DWORD values and strings on the right-side pane. By changing these values, you can customize advanced appearance settings information in Windows 8.

Important Tip :

The above Registry keys are the same in Windows Vista, 7 and 8. So, in order to make things easier, you can customize the advanced appearance settings in 7 or Vista and open the Registry Editor and take a back-up of the above mentioned registry keys. You can do this by right-clicking on each key and selectExport option. This will create .REG files. Import these .REG files into Windows 8 Registry Editor and restart Windows 8 desktop. This will make the new settings take into effect.

If you are still facing any other problems related to advanced appearance settings in Windows 7 or 8, please mention in the comments section. Let us know your experience how you customized your different settings and which text, font of Window item you change mostly.

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