If you are not happy with the huge window frame present by default in Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8, you can easily change its thickness. In this article, we will see how it can be done.
In Windows 8, Windows 7 and Windows Vista, opened windows have a 4px border out-of-the-box. This setting is part of the default Aero theme which was introduced in Windows Vista and exists even on Windows 10, but with several modifications. For the Aero theme in Windows 8, 7 or Vista, the window frame can be a minimum of 1 px, and the maximum size can be above 20px. So, if you are not happy with the default 4px window frame, you can set it to 1px and enjoy slick looking thin window frames.
Windows Vista and Windows 7 users can configure the appearance of the window border using the GUI. In Personalization-> Color-> Advanced appearance, there is an option called "Border Padding". You can set it to 0 and get a 1px border! Here is a picture of the default window frame size in Windows 7:
And this is how the reduced one looks with the appropriate option set:
As you can see, there is nothing complex about it.
But things are different in Windows 8/Windows 8.1. Microsoft removed all of the advanced appearance options, so the user cannot reduce the window frame easily. To reduce window borders, you need to apply a Registry tweak or use a third party tool.
The Registry tweak should be done as follows.
- Open Registry Editor.
- Go to the following Registry path:
- You will see a string (REG_SZ) value named PaddedBorderWidth. Its value data uses the following formula:
-15*border width in pixels
For example, by default it is -60, which means 4px:
-15*4 = -60
Just set it to 0:
- Now, sign out from your user account and log in back. Window borders will be 1px, as expected:
To avoid Registry editing and the sign out requirement, as well as to save your time, you can use Winaero Tweaker. It offers you the appropriate option and applies changes on-the-fly. Run Winaero Tweaker, go to Advanced Appearance -> Window Borders and adjust window frames the way you need:
The changes will be applied instantly!
As for Windows 10, its default theme does not draw any border. This theme is modified by Microsoft and can't have borders at all. However, if you activate and apply the hidden Aero Lite theme, you will be able to manage borders using the Registry or by using Winaero Tweaker.
That's it. If you have any questions or suggestions, you are welcome to comment.