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2. The User Interface > 18. Give XP a Makeover with WindowBlinds

Give XP a Makeover with WindowBlinds

Control freaks, rejoice. With the powerful WindowBlinds utility, you no longer need to suffer with plain, common GUI elements such as the standard toolbars and scrollbars. You can modify and skin Windows to your heart’s content.

In the years immediately following World War II, Bill Levitt realized that GIs needed homes. He planned and built a community outside New York City that he called Levittown. There were two models of homes in Levittown and there was very little distinction between them. Levittown was the first “cookie cutter” community and remains the epitome of that term.

The Windows XP user interface is a cookie cutter experience. Frequently, users don’t bother to replace the Bliss (green field and blue sky) background, and it’s even rarer for someone to change the Windows XP standard menu or colors. Fortunately, you don’t have to settle for the same desktop as the guy in the next office. One way you can customize your Windows XP experience is to use themes [Hack #17] . An even better way is to use a software package called WindowBlinds to skin (customize many aspects together) the user interface.


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