Tiny Windows Borders for Windows 8

Tiny Windows Borders is updated. Now you not need log off, borders will be changed right after the "Apply" button!
Tiny Windows Borders is my first tool what I have created according to users requested. There are many people who do not happy with large (4px) windows borders in Windows 8 RTM(RP,CP and so on). As you may know, Microsoft has removed the classic appearance feature from Windows 8 and you not able to reduce windows borders anymore without hacks.
Here is the little tool to help you with size of windows borders:

Move the slider to left if you want to disable huge windows borders in Windows 8, or set any border size from 1 to 10px as you like. Click "Apply" and you are done! For example:

Out-of-box windows borders in Windows 8

Reduced windows borders in Windows 8 with Tiny Windows Borders

Change log

Bug fixed: windows does not redraw itself properly
Live preview is removed to improve the speed
Added border padding slider
Added live preview
Initial release

Tiny Windows Borders in action

Tiny Windows Borders is portable application and does not require to be installed.

This app has been superseded by Winaero Tweaker and is no longer being maintained. Use the following options from Winaero Tweaker:

You can download Winaero Tweaker here: Download Winaero Tweaker.
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  1. RaymonVisual
    08 Aug 12

    Thanks for sharing! :D

  2. Bloker
    09 Aug 12

    is it compatible with windows 7? and whats the minimum border width ?

  3. Sergey
    09 Aug 12

    Yes, it is compatible with Windows 7
    The minimum *actual* border size is 1px - it can be disabled (Windows limitations)
    The minimum border padding size is 0px and you can set it to 0 via this tool

  4. Vasya
    11 Aug 12

    How it work? patch register or some system files?

  5. ALEX
    08 Sep 12

    yeah, I would also like to know how it works. Does it patch files or use the registry? Thanks.

  6. Sergey
    08 Sep 12

    It is just one call of API function.
    Nothing more, Nothing less.
    It stores result as non-cleint metric in registry.
    So, this software does not modify your system files. It uses API and the registry.

  7. ALEX
    09 Sep 12

    Thanks for the answer. There's an issue with the ribbon in windows explorer when you set the padding less than 4 (default). Black lines appear.

  8. Brando212
    21 Sep 12

    the "on-the-fly" is a little buggy, but logging out then logging back in still stabilizes it

  9. Sergey
    21 Sep 12

    Yes I know. I will try to fix it ASAP

  10. iPad is sh*t
    27 Oct 12

    Registry hack =


  11. Anony-mouse :D
    29 Oct 12

    how can i disable this one?

  12. Sergey
    29 Oct 12

    set Border Width to 1 and Border Padding to 4
    This is the default settings of Windows

  13. lainiwaku
    06 Nov 12

    nice, now you need to add border radius, transparancy, and aero effect :p

  14. Sergey
    06 Nov 12

    oh, if I could...

  15. Aggie
    01 Dec 12

    You utter star, with one click that's sucked 99% of the ugly out of the interface.

  16. zest
    27 Dec 12

    amezing :D ty for sharing this !

  17. mojster001
    03 Feb 13

    Nice program. Thanks.

    Is it any posibility to add more settings, like in Windows 7 (or XP) under "Window color and appearance" (eg. scrollbar width, titlebar hight...)?

  18. Manuel Flores
    25 Mar 13

    Muy buen programa, Gracias por compartirlo.

  19. adrianamurphy
    30 Mar 13

    Hi - so I downloaded the program, how do I make my borders smaller?

  20. Sergey
    31 Mar 13

    Use your mouse and that sliders to change the border size.

  21. Jay
    23 Apr 13

    Finally.... someone that made it happen. I've asked for this in some forums but no answer or thoughts about this came out, making me think that nobody wanted this. I hated how much space on our laptop's screens are wasted with dumb fat borders. 10/10 bro, thanks! One of the best tweaks windows 8 could ever have. Cheers!

  22. BijaN-R
    08 May 13


    I run this program in windows 7 and my theme changed to classic. I do anything to turn back my theme (installing VGA driver, Direct X, UXtehem patch and reset after all of this) but it doesn't work. and my system restore is disabled.

    Please, what I have to do to fix that problem ?

  23. Sergey
    08 May 13

    Your issue is not related to this app.
    Check out that you Theme service runs properly. I have no other suggestions.

  24. twnaing
    12 Jun 13

    Cannot download from download page. The page just reloaded and no file downloaded.

  25. Sergey
    12 Jun 13

    Try without google translate

  26. Gunjan7
    24 Jun 13

    Thanks Buddy!

  27. centoasa
    01 Jul 13

    The app freez and not responding...

  28. Passatuner
    19 Aug 13

    Thanks! This small app made my life with Windows 8 more comfortable.
    Don't understand why they made the border that fat.

  29. Fran
    02 Sep 13

    Wonderful app! My formerly clunky-looking borders are just fine now.

  30. Taciturne
    14 Sep 13

    tiny bug using Windows 8.1
    1. set padding to 10
    2. set width to 10
    3. set padding to 0
    4. apply
    5. open notepad/calc/you name it
    oops, width actually has an effect without padding

    I suggest when applying, if padding == 0 then width = 0

  31. gunter otto
    13 Dec 13

    This is a welcome utility, I much prefer tiny borders (like Office 2013), so thanks for sharing your hard work!

  32. RandyB
    07 Jan 14

    Settings to not remain on Windows 8.1. I ran the utility as Administrator, and it still doesn't seem to be retaining the setting. Also, Outlook 2013 keeps a wide border on the right side - (not a minimized task pane - I have turned that off completely)

  33. Sergey
    07 Jan 14

    I cannot reproduce your issue.
    All works properly here.
    Also, you SHOULDN"T run this utility as Administrator.
    It should work you your account's registry.

  34. RobertM
    13 Feb 14

    Just a small bug report:
    Crashes if started from a UNC path ( \\computer\share\TinyWindowsBorders.exe )

    If copied to a local drive, it works well
    Thanks for this utility (and your others, I use many of them!)

  35. RobertM
    13 Feb 14

    Just another bug report: I just tried to send the comment above without JavaScript enabled and got a "Internal Server Error"... After enabling JavaScript, everything worked... Have a nice day!

  36. Sergey
    15 Feb 14

    Thanks Robert.
    I know about UNC issue. Thx to Microsoft.
    I am able to fix it.

  37. Tim
    20 Apr 14

    I am also able to reproduce Windows 8.1 (update 1, the latest version) not keeping the settings after a restart.

    I don't think it's the utility though since even when I do the change by hand it is not retained. I think Microsoft may have changed something.

  38. Tim
    30 Apr 14

    OK, it actually looks like the settings are lost only when I change DPI settings.

    Because of my set up I have to change this every now and then.

  39. pedramfb
    10 Jul 14

    found a bug
    The application worked well, except every time I changed the border width the text at the top of the explorer saying the folder name (ex.This PC, My Documents,...) got smaller.
    I didn't realize this until after so now I have very small folder titles and no idea how to change them back.

  40. D|K?WR?|TH
    18 Jul 14

    Nice, well done!

  41. pedramfb
    06 Aug 14

    Because of my set up I have to change this every now and then.

  42. Anonymous
    09 Oct 14

    Well done!

  43. VideoKing
    30 Dec 14

    Oh yeah! Awesome stuff !!!

  44. ANON
    06 Feb 15

    Is there a safe way to revert to original settings?

  45. noersetiawan
    23 Feb 15

    Is it possible to set to border to 0 or 1 pixel? just like in Ubuntu or OSX. Even when both border size and padding is set to 0, the windows border is still 4 pixel wide, I checked it with magnifier.

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