Trim Vista’s Bloated Window Borders


There’s no doubt that Windows Vista’s visuals are a huge improvement over XP, but it seems like Microsoft wanted to show it off a little too much… at the cost of some screen real estate. They want to show off the new transparency of the window borders, but how can you truly appreciate them new-fangled glass borders unless they’re as wide as a barn?

If you want to get some of your screen real estate back, or just prefer a more slimmed-down, minimal approach, you can easily configure the windows.

By default Vista’s borders are really freakin’ huge, and it’s even more rediculous if you aren’t using Aero.

When you turn off the padding, there’s much less wasted space.

To make this change, you’ll need open the classic Appearance Settings dialog. Right click on the desktop and choose Personalize. Then click on Window Color and Appearance:

If you have Aero enabled, click on the “Open classic appearance properties for more color options” link at the bottom of the dialog box.

Click the Advanced button (which brings you to the “classic” XP windows appearance settings), and then change the dropdown to Border Padding. The default will be set to 4. I changed mine down to zero for these examples.

You may want to use a setting of 1 or 2. If you really want to see Aero in its full 3d-rendered glory, then by all means “turn it up, man!”

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Alan is a web architect, stand-up comedian, and your friendly neighborhood Grammar Nazi. You can stalk him on the Interwebs via Google+, Facebook and follow his ass on Twitter @ocmodshop.