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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 Download.com, WindowBlinds is the most popular desktop enhancement utility of all time.


WindowBlinds has hundreds of different features for enabling users to customize the look and feel of Windows.

For this guide, we'll stick to the primary features:

New! Explorer backgrounds feature. This allows users to change the background of their explorer windows and control the colour and opacity. 30 different background textures can be selected by the user including no texture, wet paint, various marbles, and ice effects.

New! Support for 3 additional titlebar buttons on per pixel skins. These support rollup, help, always on top and command buttons.

New! Support for dialog background bitmaps - This was disabled on Vista in previous builds.

New! Added additional glass explorer sections. These will show up in future

New! SKS6 builds.

New! 64 bit build synced with 32 bit version.

New! Support for 3 additional titlebar buttons on per pixel skins. These support rollup, help, always on top and command buttons.

New! Blue edge on logoff dialog ...
This is a maintenance update with various fixes included:

Adds support for transparent scrollbars on Windows 7 Explorer windows
Updates for start button and high dpi
Fix for IE sizing issue
Fix for Opera repaint issue on scrolling
Fix for blurred borders on large bordered skins
Fix for UltraMon secondary taskbar
Directory Opus fixes -SyncBack / SyncBackSE / SyncBack Pro fixes. There are still some menu text colour issues with some skins, but thats skin-specific.
KVIrc - Black scrollbar resolved along with some other issues linked to the QT framework. Unfortunately apps using this framework may end up with strange mouseover issues where the previous skin images are used on mouseovers for a while. This is not a WindowBlinds issue. It also has menu text colour issues. The QT changes should impact any other app that also uses this framework such as the TeamSpeak 3 client.
Total Commander - The black menu bar items are now resolved
Photoshop Elements - tweaks to sort out a cosmetic non maximized window issue and seperators in their menus painting light when the rest is dark.
Yahoo Messenger - The correct theme is now used on the frames
uTorrent- An issue with buttons not positioning correctly when the add link window is expanded / collapsed has been worked around
Alcohol 120% - WB enforces strict Vista rules on the menus now
Automatic detection of custom menus that use the new menu theme parts added and strict Vista menu rules are forced on the application when this is detected.
The mouseover animated flash now applies to readonly combo boxes as well as buttons and toolbars.
IE9 should now support the use of the Web scrollbar sections where defined
IE9 groupboxes in webpages tweaked to match the style closer
CCCleaner - Small tweak to alter margins on header bars to prevent text on headers ending ... when there was enough space.
Thunderbird - Small tweak to add a line gap between the attached files list border and the selection box of any files attached.
IE9 on Vista - The second apply of a UIS2/PerPixel theme will no longer cause the tabs to vanish if IE is closed and reopened.
Keyboard selected items in explorer will now show with a selection image for all themes.
Menu padding settings no longer impact the menu bar itself.
Activation will request elevation (if required) -Some tweaks to the default themes included with WB
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