Use Automatic Switcher In Windows Live MSN Messenger To Enable Or Disable Aero Border Frame

Use Automatic Switcher In Windows Live MSN Messenger To Enable Or Disable Aero Border Frame

Windows live MSN messenger is now available with auto switcher which enable or disable Aero border frame. When you install a latest version of Windows Live Messenger (WLM) in Windows Vista, 7 or other windows with enabled Aero feature.

For example, MSN Messenger in Windows Live Essentials 2009, a thick border-frame same as the typical apps around the chat window and WLM main window will be created. To check out the Aero transparency effect, the window frame is one of the suitable example.

The main window or instant messaging chat rooms of Windows Live Messenger in old classic MSN Messenger time did not provided with any frame border as in the latest one. Just follow the illustration given below so that you can make a difference between the two styles of window frame of Windows Live Messenger with and without Aero.

A number of users would rather want to follow the traditional legacy look of Windows Live Messenger, like aka MSN Messenger which provides the classical look. To make so, follow the specified steps to concern the registry hack to take away the Aero Transparency window frame, otherwise border of Windows Live Messenger.

  • Click to start and go to Run
  • Type ‘regedit’ (without quotes) to Run Registry Editor.
  • With the help of navigational keys, Navigate to the following registry key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows Live\Messenger

If the system runs on 64-bit (x64) operating system, go to following registry key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows Live\Messenger

  • Right click on any blank space available on the right pane, and then pick “New” from the context menu.
  •  Then you have to click on DWORD (32-bit) Value so that you can generate a new registry value entry.
  • After that, specify the name to the newly generated registry entry as AeroWindowFrameEnabled.
  • Finally, just modify the AeroWindowFrameEnabled and set the values for 1 to enable and 0 to disable the Aero Window frame of Messenger (the Aero Effect on WL Messenger if the value set to 0 i.e. disabled now).
  • The change effects will takes place after closing and re-opening the Windows Live Messenger main window and/or chat message window. We need not to come out from the MSN Messenger program.

Download process for the Windows Live Messenger Aero Frame Auto Switcher

The users who are not willing to edit the system registry directly will still be able to download the subsequent Windows Live Messenger Aero Frame Auto Switcher, and after that run the corresponding registry file to combine the value to registry in sequence to enable or disable Aero Frame Window feature in WLM.

The switcher.zip package comes with turn-off-WLMessenger-Aero-Frame.reg along with turn-on-WLMessenger-Aero-Frame.reg files. Double click on Disable-WLMessenger-Aero-Frame.reg to turn-off the new Aero approach WLM, and it will come back to traditional legacy Windows Live Messenger view without Aero Frame border. By double click on Enable-WLMessenger-Aero-Frame.reg we can revert to Windows Aero layout which has a kind of transparent frame border.

Windows 7 Providing Latest Shortcut Keys Or Hot Keys

Windows 7 Providing Latest Shortcut Keys Or Hot Keys

Although Windows 7 takes the advantage of mouse movement, some users still give preference to use keyboard in order to use the operating system of Windows.

For those who are keyboard lovers there is good news that Microsoft has added various keyboard shortcuts or keyboard accelerators or hot keys, which make the navigation feature much easier to use by using keyboard especially while using the feature of Windows Aero snapping.

A few shortcut keys or hot keys also known as keyboard accelerators are listed below that the user can use while working with Windows 7 as operating system.

  • Windows + ? (Up Arrow) – For maximizing window
  • Windows + ? (Left Arrow) – Snapping window to the left side in order to cover half of the desktop space
  • Windows + ? (Right Arrow) – Snapping window to the right side in order to cover half of the desktop space
  • Windows + ? (Down Arrow) – Minimizing the window and restoring to the normal size if the window remains currently in maximizing option
  • Windows + Home – Clearing the entire windows which are active
  • Windows + Space – All the windows will become transparent
  • Windows + Shift + ? (Left Arrow) – Moving the active window into the adjacent monitor which is in the left for purpose of multiple or dual setup of monitor
  • Windows + Shift + ? (Right Arrow) – Moving the active window into the adjacent monitor which is in the right for purpose of multiple or dual setup of monitor
  • Windows + T – Showing preview thumbnail for running applications in the Windows Taskbar one after another
  • Windows + P – Adjusting the presentation options in the display which is on projector or computer
  • Windows + + (Add) – For zooming in
  • Windows + – (Dash or Minus) – For zooming in

Auto-Maximizing Aero Snap Feature For Windows 7 Operating System

Auto-Maximizing Aero Snap Feature For Windows 7 Operating System

Windows 7 operating system is equipped with a built-in feature named as “Aero Snap”. This feature helps in re-arranging and auto mixing user’s window size. If a user wishes to maximize a window, one can drag the window to top corner of a desktop and the window will be maximized automatically.

If a user wishes to rearrange or reorder certain windows, then dragging them from taskbar to right or left side of desktop is sufficient to serve the purpose. A user can disable or enable this feature by following the steps provided below:

Enabling or Disabling Aero Snap feature on Win7 Operating System

  • Open Control Panel from Start Menu.
  • Search for ease of access center, double click this option.
  • Choose either Make the Mouse Easier to Use option or Change How Your Mouse Works option.
  • Navigate and find an option named Make it Easier to Manage Windows option. Check the next option named Prevent windows from Being Automatically Arranged When Moved to the Edge of the Screen.
  • Select Ok button. Click Apply button to save all the above changes.
  • This completes the disabling process.

Aero Snap feature has been totally disabled from your personal computer. If a user wishes to re-enable this feature again, one has to follow the steps provided above. Then uncheck Prevent windows from Being Automatically Arranged When Moved to the Edge of the Screen option. Aero Snap feature gets enabled on Windows 7 operating system again. This will result in saving more time.

Simple Steps To Make Windows Border Fully Transparent In Windows 7

Simple Steps To Make Windows Border Fully Transparent In Windows 7

The feature Aero Glass Transparency effect has been introduced in Windows 7 which gives a blur outlay to all the maximized and normal windows. This feature displays slightly translucent and milky or frosted glass blur effect to surrounding frame of window. You could see the desktop background having wallpapers and icons with partial unclear visibility.

On the other hand, some of the Windows 7 users would like to have all the window borders or frames totally transparent so that they could clearly see the desktop background. Applying a simple registry hack, you could get a fully transparent (non-opaque) window border. However, this hack could not be used for all builds of Windows 7. Now, if you would like to get fully transparent windows in Windows 7, just go through the following extract.  

First of all, you have to open the Registry Editor (type “regedit” in run box). Navigate to the following registry key:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\DWM
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\DWM

(Navigate to the first registry key, if you are currently logged in and the second one could be used by all the users)

Now, create the new registry value called DWORD (32-bit) Value. Rename it as HideBlur and set its value to 1.

When you apply the setting to registry at HKEY_CURRENT_USER, then system will give this a first priority. If there is any difference in the above two registry settings, then the settings at HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE will be overwritten. To get the effective settings, you have to restart your computer. You’ll get the transparent window frame right away. The extract given below helps you to identify the difference in the transparency effects before and after applying the registry hack.

Note: – The registry hack tends to work only with some of the interim builds of Windows 7, which are leaked by the testers. These builds are 7048, 6956, 7127 and 7106. Other builds like Windows 7 RC (build 7100), Windows 7 Beta (build 7000) and build 7077 are not at all supported by this registry hack. As well, only border frame of window could be made transparent not including the Taskbar.

 

If you don’t want to manually modify your registry, you could download and apply the following registration entry file named as HideBlur.reg. Use the following link Here to download it.

You could also use the following code pasting in the text file and saving as any name with .reg file extension.

For current user:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\DWM]
HideBlur”=dword:00000001

For all users:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\DWM]
HideBlur”=dword:00000001

If you are using the build version, which is not supported by Windows 7, then you could easily enable the full transparency effect by replacing two files namely dwm.exe” and “uDWM.dll. You could get these files in %systemdrive%\Windows\System32\ folder with the versions from Windows 7 Build 7127. The value of HideBlur registry key is calculated by “dwm.exe”. If it has the value as 1, then uDWM.dll will perform the transparency effect on the border of the on window.

Moreover, the users without Windows 7 Build 7127 system on-hard have to download uDWM.dll and DWM.exe files.

If you want to overwrite or replace the uDWM.dll and dwm.exe files in Windows 7 OS, then you should take the rights and acquire the permissions to completely access all the files. After that, just disable the service namely Desktop Windows Manager Session Manager. To do so, go to Control Panel, System and Security, and then Administrative Tools, next to the Services module. Now, simply copy the uDWM.dll and dwm.exe to the %systemdrive%\Windows\System32 folder and your work is done.