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Windows 8: Tweaks

Posted by essjae on July 22, 2012


Fat Window border padding fix:

I am not a big fan of the fat window border padding in Windows 7 but it’s an easy fix to reduce it to zero (Control Panel–>Personalization–>Window Color–>Advanced Appearance settings–>Border Padding (in the Item menu).

There’s no such menu in Windows 8, but you can go straight to the Registry to access the setting you need.

HKEY_Current_User\Control Panel\Desktop\WindowsMetrics\PaddedBorderWidth

Change the string value to what you want, I prefer zero (0).

Get to the Desktop fast:

Another simple way to get to the desktop fast is to reposition the “Desktop” tile to be the upper left most tile.  After you log in and see the Tiles screen, just hit enter and you’re in.

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One Response to “Windows 8: Tweaks”

  1. […] my earlier post,  Windows 8: Tweaks, I mentioned a Registry fix for the fat border issue with Windows […]

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