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Visual Styles on Windows and Buttons - Turn On or Off

How to Turn "Use visual styles on windows and buttons" On or Off
Published by Brink
27 Nov 2010
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How to Turn "Use visual styles on windows and buttons" On or Off


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This will show you how to turn Use visual styles on windows and buttons on or off using different options in Windows 7 and Vista.

EXAMPLE: Visual Styles on Windows and Buttons Turned On and Off
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OPTION ONE
Through Visual Effects Settings
1. Open the Visual Effects settings window in Performance Options.

2. To "Use visual styles on windows and buttons"
A) Check the Use visual styles on windows and buttons box, and click on OK. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: This is the default setting.
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3. To Not "Use visual styles on windows and buttons"
A) Uncheck the Use visual styles on windows and buttons box, and click on OK. (see screenshot above)



OPTION TWO
Using a REG File Download
1. To "Use visual styles on windows and buttons"
NOTE: This is the default setting.
A) Click on the download button below to download the file below.
Use_Visual_Styles_on_Window_ and_Buttons.reg
download
B) Go to step 3.
2. To Not "Use visual styles on windows and buttons"
A) Click on the download button below to download the file below.
Not_Use_Visual_Styles_on_Window_ and_Buttons.reg
download
3. Click on Save, and save the .reg file to the Desktop.

4. Right click on the downloaded .reg file and click on Merge.

5. Click on Run, Yes (Windows 7) or Continue (Vista), Yes, and OK when prompted.

6. Log off and log on, or restart the computer to apply the changes.

7. When done, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.



OPTION THREE
Manually Through Registry Editor
1. Open the Start Menu, then type regedit in the search boxand press Enter.

2. If prompted by UAC, then click on Yes (Windows 7) or Continue (Vista).

3. In regedit, navigate to the location below. (see screenshot below)
Code:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ThemeManager
Visual Styles on Windows and Buttons - Turn On or Off-reg-1.jpg
4. In the right pane, double click on ThemeActive. (see screenshot above)

5. To "Use visual styles on windows and buttons"
A) Type in 1, and click on OK. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: This is the default setting.
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B) Go to step 7.
6. To Not "Use visual styles on windows and buttons"
A) Type in 0, and click on OK. (see screenshot above)
7. Close regedit.

8. Log off and log on, or restart the computer to apply the changes.
That's it,
Shawn




11 Mar 2012   #1
raytech70

Windows 7 64-Bit
 
 

Question for you: when I use these registry modifications, the effects are changed but if I review the settings using the GUI they do not appear... any way to fix that?

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12 Mar 2012   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Raytech, and welcome to Seven Forums.

I'm afraid not. It's one of those rare quirks that the applied REG settings do not change the same GUI settings. It doesn't seem to do this for anything else other that Visual Effects.
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