WindowBlinds allows you to completely customize your desktop look by changing the
style of title buttons, bars and toolbars. You can change the look of buttons and
check boxes by assigning them skins, or personalities, and you can assign buttons
that will launch programs to toolbars.
You can create your own skins, choose from the four that are included in the
program, or download additional ones. There are thousands of different skins
to choose from that are freely downloadable from the WindowBlinds website.
A WindowBlinds skin can change to look like an alternative operating system,
favorite sports car brands, favorite sports team, or virtually anything else.
You can also choose to exclude certain programs from WindowBlinds if you don`t
want to change their appearances.
Applying visual styles: In addition to the shortcut to the WindowBlinds Advanced
Config window in your Start menu, you can change WB visual styles and settings
from either the Skins or Appearance tab in Display Properties.
Set the skin to Windows Classic to not use a WB skin on startup (or use the
options on the Skins tab or in the Advanced Config window).
WindowBlinds has been designed and tested to be as compatible with with thousands
of applications and pieces of hardware available. Its memory load is quite low
(unless you are using complex skins with lots of animation) and any oddities with
specific apps can generally be worked around quickly (see the Troubleshooting
section of the online help file for more information).
With modern video cards, WindowBlinds can do this without reducing performance.
WindowBlinds 7 adds the ability to have “blurred glass” window borders on XP which
allows artists to make skins that could make XP look virtually identical to Vista.
WindowBlinds is a software utility that allows users to completely change the
look and feel of Microsoft Windows. It works by applying new visual styles,
called skins, across the entire user interface (title bars, push buttons,
start menu, taskbar, etc.) of the operating system. As a result, users gain
complete control over the way Windows looks.
Since 1998, WindowBlinds has been the defacto standard when it comes to
customizing the look and feel of Microsoft Windows. A WindowBlinds users can
apply thousands of free skins from the Internet that change title bars, push
buttons, Start menus, scrollbars and every other element of the Windows GUI.
WindowBlinds gives users the power to personalize their Windows experience to
match their particular style.
Since its initial release, WindowBlinds has steadily improved in capability,
performance, robustness, and popularity. With over 12 million downloads at CNET’s
WindowBlinds is the most popular desktop enhancement utility of all
Customize your entire Windows experience with WindowBlinds. This one-of-a-kind
program can change virtually every element of the Windows graphical user interface.
Because WindowBlinds extends the existing painting routines of the operating
system, it uses very little memory.
With thousands of free skins to choose from, you can customize Windows to look
like another a new take on the standard Windows look, a totally different OS, or
something completely different.
A Thousand Faces
Whether you’re using Windows XP, Vista, or Windows 7, WindowBlinds 7 provides
native skinning to the GUI. It integrates so seamlessly into the operating system
that it is the only solution Microsoft itself has ever licensed to deliver custom-
branded themes for its users. WindowBlinds 6 is Microsoft certified and
WindowBlinds 7 is even better.
As good as someone might think Windows looks, it is a one-size fits all solution.
WindowBlinds gives users thousands of new looks to choose from.
Here are some key features of “WindowBlinds”:
- Apply color to skins
- Skin Windows Start Bar and Explorer
- Add animations to your start panel
- Skin different programs with different skins
- Add more title bar buttons (roll-up, etc..)
- Change color/hue/brightness on the fly
- Change progress animations
- Skin scrollbars and toolbar icons
- Apply textures to Aero skins
Here are some key benefits of “WindowBlinds”:
Customize the look & feel of Windows
Tired of your computer having the same old look as every other computer? Want to
give your Windows PC its own unique style? Stardock WindowBlinds will let you
apply thousands of different skins (visual styles) to change the look and feel
of your entire desktop. WindowBlinds is so flexible that users can create skins
that mimic the look and feel of other operating systems.
Not Just Eye Candy
WindowBlinds doesn’t just make Windows look better, it can make it more functional.
You can create your own skins that add additional buttons to the title bar that
provide additional functionality such as roll-up buttons, link buttons, program
short cuts, even media player controls. Moreover, because WindowBlinds uses the
latest features of your graphics card, it can make Windows even faster than the
default Windows XP or “Aero” style.
You are in control
Even with thousands of different visual styles to choose from, you can customize
those visual styles as well. WindowBlinds gives you total control over your
graphical user interface. WindowBlinds will let you change the color of your
Windows GUI, add textures to aero or WindowBlinds skins, change your wallpaper,
give different windows their own specific look, choose a new Windows taskbar and
Improve your productivity
WindowBlinds has features that significantly enhance a user’s productivity when it
comes to interacting with windows. For example, you set WindowBlinds to minimize
windows just by right-clicking on the title bar, a great feature for minimizing
several windows quickly without having to resort to “minimize all”.
What’s new in this release?
- Native support for Windows 7
- Native Aero skinning for Windows Vista and Windows 7 users
- Native 64-bit support for Windows Vista and Windows 7 users
- Auto-conversion of Windows XP era skins to Windows Vista or Windows 7
- Ability to apply textures to skins
- A new, easy to use configuration program
- Native Clear-Type support for better font handling
- New Skin format called UIS0 for skinning Aero (takes hours instead of days
to create a new skin).
- New WindowBlinds 7 skins included such as Submline, Aero Metals, Corporate,
Aero Woods, Aero Clay, Sabertooth along with new WindowBlinds 7 skins being
released soon after to the public such as Altitude.
- Option to have a random skin applied each logon
- Much better customization of fonts
- Massive performance improvements in applying of skins.
- Optimization of Windows Vista and Windows 7 DWM drawing to improve battery
life on laptops.
- Aero skinning (UIS0) is 100% compatible (it??é1?äós Aero) with all Windows programs.
- Windows XP (32 bit only), Windows Vista, Windows 7
- Impulse must be installed in order to download and update software.
- 1GHz or faster processor recommended
- 60MB free drive space
- 256MB RAM
- A 16MB DirectX 8 or later compatible video card with appropriate driver support
is required for per-pixel alpha-blended skins. Some integrated graphics solutions
and lower-end cards from before 2004 may not be able to use per-pixel skins.