Creating Shortcuts To Switching On And Off The Aero Theme In Windows Vista

With the release of Windows Vista, Microsoft introduced the Windows Aero Theme which is one of the best looking themes to grace the Windows users. The sleek, glass-like appearance of Windows components makes it a joy to use the PC.

However, so much eye candy comes few drawbacks as well. The Aero Theme is notoriously known to be a resource hog, and can bog down most mainstream desktops. Furthermore, on a laptop and laptop, this feature drains battery life quite substantially.

You could, if you feel you can do without the visual appeal, and eliminate the Windows Aero theme. You can do that by either making some changes to the registry, or manually through Vista’s theme options, but that can be quite time consuming and frustrating.

To make things easier, you can create shortcuts that allow you to enable and disable the Aero theme effect from the desktop itself without the need to dive deep into Window’s settings.

To create Windows Vista Aero Theme ‘on and off’ shortcut, you can follow the steps given below:

Shortcut to Enable Vista Aero:

  • Right-Click your mouse on the desktop, choose “New” and select “Shortcut
  • You will now get the wizard to create shortcut
  • In the empty box, enter the phrase “Rundll32dwmApi#102? and click next
  • The shortcut can be named as “Aero On” or “Aero Enable
  • Your final task will be accomplished once you click on the finish button

Shortcut to Disable Windows Aero:

  • Right-Click your mouse on the desktop, choose “New” and select “Shortcut
  • You will be prompted for the Shortcut wizard
  • In the empty box, enter the phrase “Rundll32dwmApi#104? and click next
  • Name your shortcut to “Aero Off” or “Aero Disable
  • Your final task will be accomplished once you click on the finish button

Now you can switch on or off the Aero Theme on your Windows Vista straight from your desktop shortcuts.

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