Changing the Color Scheme
Windows 7, like Windows Vista before it, features the Aero interface, which offers a nice combination of translucent (see-through) colors. You can change the color scheme, however, as well as the level of translucency used in windows frames, the taskbar, the Start menu, and other onscreen elements.
To change the color and translucency in Windows 7, follow these steps:
- Right-click anywhere on the desktop and click Personalize from the pop-up menu.
- When the Personalization window appears, click Window Color.
- When the Window Color and Appearance window appears, as shown in Figure 3, click the color scheme you want.
- To make the onscreen windows more transparent, move the Color Intensity slider to the left. To make the windows more solid, move the slider to the right.
- Click Save Changes.
Figure 3 Changing window color in Windows 7
If you want to choose a custom color, click the Show Color Mixer button in the Windows Color and Appearance window; then fine-tune the selected hue, saturation, and brightness.
For More Information
To see even more ways of customizing Windows 7, read the full chapter on personalization from my book, Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Computer Basics, 5th Edition.