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Chapter 4. Creating Windows XP Themes fr... > Editing the Appearance Settings

Editing the Appearance Settings

All your changes to the default Windows XP theme have been fairly straightforward thus far as you’ve created a new theme. The appearance settings, which are also found in the Display Properties dialog box, are going to throw you a little bit of a curve. This curve relates to the Luna style (the Windows XP style) we discussed in Chapter 1, “Understanding the Windows XP Graphical User Interface.” Visual styles (such as luna.mmstyles) take precedence over certain theme settings (specifically color scheme settings), so the Luna style might confound us (but certainly won’t stop us) when we want to put a custom color scheme together for the various interface components, such as the taskbar and window title bars.

Let’s take a look at the Appearance tab of the Display Properties dialog box (see Figure 4.9) to help illustrate the issue with custom color schemes and the XP visual style (luna). By default, the Windows XP style is selected in the Windows and Buttons drop-down box.


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