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    Aerolite Theme - Install in Windows 10

    Aerolite Theme - Install in Windows 10

    How to Use Aerolite Theme for Window Borders and Title Bars Color in Windows 10
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    How to Use Aerolite Theme for Window Borders and Title Bars Color in Windows 10

    information   Information
    When you change the color in Windows 10, it will change the color of your Start menu accents, Start button, taskbar, title bars, window borders, buttons, text, Settings accents, sign-in screen accents, and Action Center accents.

    By default, title bars are white unless you turn on show color on Start, taskbar, and action center.

    Window borders are only 1 pixel wide, so they don't show the selected color very well. This tutorial will give you wider window borders.


    This tutorial will show you how to download and install a modified aerolite.theme to have the color of window borders and title bars stand our more in Windows 10.

    Note   Note
    Aerolite.theme Release Notes:
    • For Windows apps, the window borders will be a bit wider to see the color better.
    • For Windows apps, the color of the title bar will not be changed.
    • The color of text in the title bar of inactive windows turn from black to gray.
    • The color of text in the title bar of the active window will be black.
    • The color of inactive window borders will be slightly lighter than the chosen color.
    • The color of the currently active window border will be the same color as the chosen color.


    CONTENTS:
    • Option One: To Install aerolite.theme and Change Color for Only Your Account
    • Option Two: To Install aerolite.theme and Change Color for All Accounts


    EXAMPLE: Active and Inactive window borders and title bars
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    Aerolite Theme - Install in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Aerolite Theme - Install in Windows 10
    To Install aerolite.theme and Change Color for Only Your Account

    1. Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .zip file of the Aero Lite theme you want.
    Note   Note
    This aerolite.theme file is only the default "C:\Windows\Resources\Themes\aero.theme" file already included in Windows that has been edited to use the aerolite.msstyles file instead of aero.msstyles file that are also both included in Windows by default.

    I just provided an already edited copy of this .theme file for you to download and use instead of you having to do all the work yourself to make it easier without having to use any 3rd party programs.


    Aero_Lite_Theme.zip

    download

    OR

    Aero_Lite_(white-text)_theme.zip

    download


    2. Save the .zip file to your desktop.

    3. Unblock the .zip file.

    4. Open the .zip file, and extract (drag and drop) the aerolite.theme or Custom.theme file to your desktop.

    5. Double click/tap on the extracted aerolite.theme or Custom.theme file to install and apply the theme to only your account. Your theme settings will now open to indicate you changed to the Aero Lite theme. (see screenshot below)
    Note   Note
    This will install the aerolite.theme or Custom.theme file to the %LocalAppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Themes folder below for your account, and have the Aero Lite theme show under My Themes in your theme settings.

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    6. You can now choose a color you want to also have it applied to your window borders and title bars. (see screenshot below)

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    Aerolite Theme - Install in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Aerolite Theme - Install in Windows 10
    To Install aerolite.theme and Change Color for All Accounts

    Note   Note
    You will need to be signed in as an administrator to be able to do this option.


    1. Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .zip file of the Aero Lite theme you want.
    Note   Note
    This aerolite.theme file is only the default "C:\Windows\Resources\Themes\aero.theme" file already included in Windows that has been edited to use the aerolite.msstyles file instead of aero.msstyles file that are also both included in Windows by default.

    I just provided an already edited copy of this .theme file for you to download and use instead of you having to do all the work yourself to make it easier without having to use any 3rd party programs.


    Aero_Lite_Theme.zip

    download

    OR

    Aero_Lite_(white-text)_theme.zip

    download


    2. Save the .zip file to your desktop.

    3. Unblock the .zip file.

    4. Open the .zip file, and extract (drag and drop) the aerolite.theme or Custom.theme file to your desktop.

    5. Copy or move the extracted aerolite.theme or Custom.theme file to the C:\Windows\Resources\Themes folder. (see screenshot below)

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    6. Click/tap on Continue to approve. (see screenshot below)

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    7. You and all users will now have the installed Aero Lite theme available to change the theme to. (see screenshot below)

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    8. When the Aero Lite theme has been selected by users, that user can then choose a color they want for only their account to also have it applied to their window borders and title bars. (see screenshot below)

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    That's it,
    Shawn



  1. Joined : Oct 2013
    North West Indianapolis, Indiana
    Posts : 446
    Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit and VM
       2015-07-07 #1

    Thank you for this. One has to ask the question why is the feature not in Windows 10? Is there any way to make a Windows 2000 /XP/ 7 Default theme without using 3rd party tools and especially hacked dll files. I would upgrade my non media center PC's to 10 if I could get it looking nicer.
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  2. Joined : Sep 2014
    Posts : 2,923
    Windows 10 Pro
       2015-07-07 #2

    Indianatone said: View Post
    Thank you for this. One has to ask the question why is the feature not in Windows 10? Is there any way to make a Windows 2000 /XP/ 7 Default theme without using 3rd party tools and especially hacked dll files. I would upgrade my non media center PC's to 10 if I could get it looking nicer.
    Because it doesn't work very well with Universal apps. Microsoft wants a consistent look and feel between desktop and Universal apps, so they removed a lot of functionality from desktop personalization until it can be added to Universal apps as well.
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  3.    2015-07-07 #3

    Mystere said: View Post
    Because it doesn't work very well with Universal apps. Microsoft wants a consistent look and feel between desktop and Universal apps, so they removed a lot of functionality from desktop personalization until it can be added to Universal apps as well.
    Yeah, basically, you wouldn't be able to perform these tweaks on your Windows phone so MS would rather not show the abilities available on the PC lest it screw up synced themes.
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  4. Joined : Sep 2014
    Posts : 2,923
    Windows 10 Pro
       2015-07-07 #4

    Edwin said: View Post
    Yeah, basically, you wouldn't be able to perform these tweaks on your Windows phone so MS would rather not show the abilities available on the PC lest it screw up synced themes.
    It has nothing to do with phones... The functionality isn't there in Universal apps on the PC either.
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  5. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 17,390
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15007
       2015-07-07 #5

    Don't forget to send feedback requesting this feature to be included by default. It just may make it later.

    Feedback - Send to Microsoft in Windows 10
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  6. Joined : May 2015
    Oakville
    Posts : 21
    XP/7/8.1/10 PRO 10586
       2015-07-07 #6

    I have been sending them feedback and up voting non stop since, this was one hell of a stupid feature to remove. Just like when they removed the ability to make the scroll bars at the side a bit wider then the default ones in Windows 8. Thank god I used Brink's reg hack that still works on Windows 10. Changing the full screen program vertical scroll bar from -255 to -285 makes one hell of a difference on 1080p res. Give it a try and you'll see what I mean, glad that still works

    Scrollbar - Change Width Size in Windows 8

    But yea, I have sent multiple feedback requests for this. They could have coded the apps separately from programs. Not force all white upon us. So I appreciate this hack/tweak very much.

    Next step would be nice to change the text size on the Start Menu. That 8pt on 1080p for Start Menu items doesn't appeal to me very much. That size looks great on 1024x768 or 8" inch tablet versions, but not on a computer. I've sent in requests for that as well.
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  7. Joined : Aug 2014
    Australia, Adelaide
    Posts : 1,390
    W7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), LM 18.1 MATE (64 bit), W10IP VM, W10 Home
       2015-07-07 #7

    Thanks Brink.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  8.    2015-07-07 #8

    For those using Firefox:

    If you've used this tutorial to colorize your window headers and have chosen a rather dark color, here's a way to make inactive tab fonts white in Firefox 39.0:

    Go to your Firefox profile folder:
    C:\Users\[your moniker]\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\xxxxxxxx.default

    inside that folder, create a new folder named Chrome,

    inside the Chrome folder, paste the following into notepad:

    Code:
       tab:not([selected="true"] ) {
    
          color: rgba(255,255,255,0.95) !important;}
    and save it as UserChrome.css

    Close the folder and restart Firefox, if necessary.

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  9. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 21
    Windows 10
       2015-08-02 #9

    Good to be able to change titlebar color, hate the white. But one problem, text in taskbar is black since my taskbar is black/grey.
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