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How To Set Windows 8 Window Borders

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Monday, April 22, 2013 8:10 PM  RssIcon

imageIt used to be easy to change the window borders in Windows, how the heck do you do it in Windows 8?  I found a blog I would like to share with you for the answer

Recently I installed Windows 8, and I immediately fell in love with it!  And probably, like you, after installing a new OS, I start tweaking things.  Colours, icons, keyboard, mouse settings, email, office, Visual Studio, etc.  Then I realized I’m losing too much screen restate to window border widths.  In Windows 7 and earlier, it was easy to change it, but the normal place to find this setting isn’t there in Windows 8.  So a searching I go.  Quickly I found this blog, Registry Tweak to Decrease Windows Border Size and Padding in Windows 8 and it was….IS SPOT ON!!!!!!!  BINGO!  Thank you VG.

The meat here is you have to tweak your registry, not for the faint of heart.  But if you’re reading this blog, chances are, you’re familiar with this (and you’ve hosed yourself before AND fixed it LOL).  In the registry, you’re looking for these two entries

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\WindowMetrics\BorderWidth
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\WindowMetrics\PaddedBorderWidth

Change them from their values to 0 (yes, 0, you read that right, don’t worry, try it, you CAN change it later if you don’t like it).  If you completely don’t trust me and want to revert back to the original, VG has the original values for you.  Me? I like the look of the changed values!  Many thanks VG!  Oh, and one last step, you won’t see these changes until you reboot.

Now that I have a way to remember (and search for again in the future when I have to install Win8 again), it’s time to grab a coffee and get coding!


PS  I just read VGs About page, turns out he’s an MVP!  Surprise, surprise, surprise!  No, that’s not sarcasm, not surprise, more “why the heck am I surprised, MVPs LOVE to share!” LOL


Tweaking with Vishal: Registry Tweak to Decrease Windows Border Size and Padding in Windows 8

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Re: How To Set Windows 8 Window Borders

If you're reading this blog, please check out this comment. On my larger LCD, I'm finding, when I set the values to 0 (zero), I get some really wonky THINGS happening. When I try to resize borders, it's as if Windows "slips off" and the resizing stops and selecting begins. When I try to copy\paste files, Windows deselects and then starts selecting OTHER things and moving those (remember, I started with copying). It's weird. Long story short, try using "1" (one) instead of "0" (zero). That seems to be working for me tonight.

By Peter Henry on   Sunday, March 02, 2014 8:46 PM

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