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    In Windows XP I was able to customize the size and colour of desktop menus and font types. Also the desktop items and font size. When you clicked on the desktop it eventually took you to a setting you could tweak for hours. Is there an equivalent in Windows 7? TIA

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    Try control Panel and it has everything

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    In Window Color and Appearance under Advanced appearance settings..., there are pretty much all the settings available that there are in XP, BUT, themes are more the course than ever so they only work if 7 is in Basic theme or one of the ease of use themes. If you really like to tweak appearances, and its not so much in 7 yet as it is in XP but its getting there, try out Windowblinds and other Stardock products, which allow modification of Aero themes.

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    I was thinking the same thing as Bryon in regard to recommending Stardock. They've got some pretty neat tools for customization. Do a search on Win7 themes, there are a lot of options available for free also. If you really want to step into "deep waters" so to speak, you can change out the explorer.exe shell with something like the Cairo Desktop or the open source Sharpe Shell. Keep in mind that these are beta and are not for the faint of heart. But they are pretty cool projects and offer alternatives to the standard Windows GUI. I use Sharpe Shell on an XP netbook combined with custom themes and I'm very impressed by it. It beats the "long in the tooth" look of XP hands down. It is however a bit of a pain to configure and it crashed my machine once. The good news is that its just a shell and is easy to bring back the standard explorer.exe.
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    I think this is what you are looking for...
    (Color & Appearances, advanced settings)
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    Thank you. That is what I was looking for and missed from Windows XP.

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    That is what I was looking for and missed from Windows XP.
    That's what my post pointed to, but as I said, you may be quite disappointed since the settings only work in basic theme or ease of access theme mode.

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    That's true, the above Windows 7 appearance modifications are very limited.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Byron Tarbox View Post
    That's what my post pointed to, but as I said, you may be quite disappointed since the settings only work in basic theme or ease of access theme mode.
    Personally speaking I am happy with this because I turned the aero function off and the basic seems to be the default if you turn it off. The reason I turned it off is because I primarily use the computer for Photoshop and it behaves - imo - better.

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    Ah-ha. Yes it is basic theme then. I go as far up the ladder as CS3 and it seems quite well behaved, but I have plenty of graphics power too (no laptops), Bridge is sometimes not the most well-healed for me.

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    I use PS CS5 and when I say well behaved it doesn't crash or anything like that but I don't like the fly out effect. I read somewhere it is best turned off for PS usage. Probably means more ram is available for PS?

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