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Chapter 1. Understanding the Windows XP ... > Themes Versus Visual Styles Versus S...

Themes Versus Visual Styles Versus Skins

You will hear the terms theme, visual style, and skin defined in a number of ways and often used interchangeably. In an attempt to make some sense when these often ambiguous terms are used, we put together a definition for each. Let’s start with theme.

What Is a Windows XP Theme?

You can create your own themes using tools provided by Windows XP. The primary tool is the Display Properties dialog box. If you want to include a sound scheme and special mouse pointers with the theme, you also use the Sound and Audio Devices Properties dialog box and the Mouse Properties dialog box.


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