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Chapter 24. Refurbishing the Desktop > Applying Desktop Themes - Pg. 291

Refurbishing the Desktop 291 · The more pixels you use (that is, the higher you go on the Screen resolution slider), the smaller things will look on the screen. · You might be able to go to a higher screen area value only by using a smaller number of colors. Video adapters have only a certain amount of memory, so you'll often have to trade off one value with the other. · In general, you should tailor the screen area value with the size of your monitor. If you have a standard 14- or 15-inch monitor, try 800 by 600; for 17- or 19-inch monitors, head up to 1,024 by 768; if you're lucky enough to have a 21-inch behemoth, go for 1,600 by 1,200 (if your video adapter will let you). · If you have an older game or other program that has to be run at 640 by 480, it should change the resolution on its own when you start it. If it doesn't, right-click the program's icon in the Start menu and then click Properties. In the Compatibility tab, activate the Run in 640 ×480 screen resolution check box. Note, too, that you can force a program to run with only 256 colors by activating the Run in 256 colors check box. When you've made your changes, click OK or Apply. If you choose a different resolution, Windows XP changes the setting and then asks whether you want to keep it. Click Yes. If things don't look right for some reason, click No to return to your normally scheduled display settings. Applying Desktop Themes Earlier I showed you how to select schemes that govern the look of various objects, including menu bars, window borders, title bars, icons, and more. Windows XP takes this idea a step further with desktop themes . A theme is also a collection of customizations, but it covers more ground than a simple scheme. Each theme specifies various settings for not only windows and dialog boxes, but