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    How to Change the Advanced Appearance Settings in Vista
    Advanced Appearance

    How to Change the Advanced Appearance Settings in Vista


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    This will show you how to change the Advanced Appearance settings that affect the size, color, and text for all windows in Vista.



    Here's How:
    1. Right click on a empty area of your desktop and click on Personalize. (See screenshot below)
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    2. Click on Window Color and Appearace. (See screenshot below)
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    3. Click Open classic appearance properties for more color options. (See screenshot below)
    NOTE: If the color scheme Windows Aero (All Vista editions except Home Basic) or Windows Vista Standard (Only Vista Home Basic) is not running, then you will not see this screen. Instead you will see the screen below step 4 instead. To change the clor scheme, see: How to Change the Color Scheme in Vista
    A) Click on a color you want to use for the windows, Start menu, and Taskbar.

    B) Adjust the Color intensity by sliding the bar to the left to decrease the intensity and to the right to increase the intensity.
    NOTE: If the Color intensity is set to far to the right, then the window borders and taskbar may be to dark to be transparent if enabled.
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    4. Click on the Advanced button. (See screenshot below)
    NOTE: The Windows Aero color scheme is not available for the Vista Home Basic version. The Vista Home Basic edition will have the Windows Vista Standard color scheme instead.
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    5. You will now see the Advanced Appearance settings window.
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    6. To Change a Window Item Setting : (See screenshots above)
    A) To Select a Item - Click on the Item drop down menu and select a window item you want to change.
    NOTE: You can also click on the different displayed windows at the top of the Advanced Appearance window to select a Item to.

    B) To Change the Item Size - Change the Size number to what you want.

    C) To Change the Item Color - Click on the Color 1 and Color 2 drop down menu and select a color.
    NOTE: The Color 1 and Color 2 refer to items like the title bar and how it fades from Color 1 to Color 2 across the bar. However, the color change will only work in the Windows Classic theme. See: How to Change the Color Scheme in Vista
    7. To Change the Font Settings for the Selected Item - (See screenshots below step 5)
    NOTE: The font settings that are grayed out are not available with the selected color scheme. See: How to Change the Color Scheme in Vista and How to Change the Default Vista Fonts
    A) To Change the Item Font - Click on the Font drop down menu and select a font. (See screenshot below)

    B) To Change the Item Font Size - Click on the Size drop down menu and select a number for the size. The higher the number, the larger the size.

    C) To Change the Item Font Color - Click on the Color drop down menu and select a color.

    D) To Have the Item Font in Bold - Click the B button to highlight it. If it is not highlighted, then the font will not be in bold.

    E) To Have the Item Font in Italic - Click on the I button to highlight it. If it is not highlighted, then the font will not be in italic.
    8. Repeat steps 6 and 7 until you change all the Items you wanted.

    9. Click OK when done. (See screenshot below step 5)

    10. Click OK to apply. (See screenshot below step 4)

    11. Close the Personalization window. (See screenshot below step 3B)
    That's it,
    Shawn



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    Re: Advanced Appearance

    Hey Shawn,
    I have been having a problem with getting my Vista color changer to appear. When I click the "change the color scheme" button, my computer always bypasses step 3 and goes straight to step 4 even though I am in Windows Vista Basic. It stopped going to the Vista color changer quite some time ago but I didn't know what to do. My screensavers also stopped being see-through.
    Any suggestions? I'd appreciate any help I can get!

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    Re: Advanced Appearance

    Hi Kelly,

    Welcome to Vista Forums.

    In the Vista Home Basic version, you will not have the Transparency or Flip 3D feature since that is part of the Windows Aero color scheme.

    To see the color screen again, you will just need to change the color scheme back to Windows Vista Standard andnot the Windows Vista Basic one.

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn

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    Re: Advanced Appearance

    Thanks for the quick reply, but I actually have the Windows Aero scheme and I am missing the Windows Vista Standard. I guess that means I don't have the Vista Basic Home (which I wasn't really sure about).
    I have just changed to Windows Aero but I still don't get the color scheme, so is there anything else you can suggest?

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    Re: Advanced Appearance

    Kelly,

    You can see which edition of Vista you have by right clicking on the Computer button in the Start menu, then click Properties.

    Not sure why you would not be seeing it, if you are running the Windows Aero color scheme. Did you see if restarting the computer helps any?

    You can see if doing a System Restore using a restore point dated before the problem started will fix it.

    System Restore - How to

    Or

    Try a Repair install. This will allow you to repair your Vista installation and keep your user account files, settings, and programs.

    Repair Install For Vista

    Shawn

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    Re: Advanced Appearance

    Hey that did it!! I restarted and there it was. And I also learned another new trick, how to change the name of my computer. I bought this computer used so it always had another name and I had tried a lot of things to change it but nothing worked. So thanks for all your help

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    Re: Advanced Appearance

    Your welcome Kelly,

    I'm glad that that you were able to resolve your problem.

    Have fun,
    Shawn

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    Re: Advanced Appearance

    Hello moderators!

    I have a Vista Home Premuim-32bit.. I used to switch automatically between color schemes every time i start using Adobe Photoshop but then I'm able to revert back to Aeoro-or transparent- color scheme..but this time after using the photoshop, i couldn't revert my color scheme, i tried following this toturial but I'm not seeing the same instructions on my PC...what could be the problem? I'm updating my system all the time.

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    Re: Advanced Appearance

    Hello Tiny,

    Welcome to Vista Forums.

    What are you seeing instead? Can you post a screenshot of it to help determine what your problem may be?

    If you need to know how to make screenshots, then see:
    How to Use the Snipping Tool in Vista

    To post them in your post, click on the paperclip icon in the post editor to upload the image and click on it again to select and add it into the post.

    Shawn

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    Re: Advanced Appearance

    Hi,

    I would like to know if somebody else is having the same problem as me and if you can help me with that. I'm using the Windows Vista Basic colour scheme so I have to change things through that XP style advanced settings. My problem is that it doesn't matter which colour I chose for the active title bar or window border, in the end they will remain with the default blue colour. I have tried restarting and it didn't work.
    Do you know if there are any registry entries that I can force in order to get the colours I want?
    Something this simple should be fairly easy to change, I just don't get it.

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