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How to change border width in Windows 8

📅 2012-Oct-28 ⬩ ✍️ Ashwin Nanjappa ⬩ 🏷️ border, border padding, windows ⬩ 📚 Archive


Windows 8 displays the windows in Desktop mode with a pretty thick border. The Advanced Appearance Settings dialog which could be used to change the border width in Windows 7 does not seem to be present in Windows 8!


Fear not, these settings can be changed in the Registry in Windows 8. Open the Registry Editor and navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\WindowMetrics. The keys here that are related to the border width are BorderWidth and PaddedBorderWidth. The default value of BorderWidth is -15 and that of PaddedBorderWidth is -60. Change them to higher values to reduce the border width and vice versa. For example, I prefer to change both of them to 0 for a thinner border.

Tried with: Windows 8 Pro x64

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