Cordelia's Corner for the Complete Noob: Part 3

How to Revert to the Standard Desktop

Wednesday, January 5, 2005 by Cordelia | Discussion: OS Customization

Yesterday's article was a long, pedantic drone about installing the WindowBlinds program and downloading and installing skins for your computer. Today's article is about reverting to the original Windows skin, although why anyone would want to violate their computer in this way is beyond me. Now that I've been playing dress up with my computer for all of two weeks, the standard Windows style is tantamount to leaving my computer naked in a snowstorm, but hey, sometimes it has to be done, right?


You ready? Right click on the desktop. A menu pops up listing various exciting things you can do like "refresh". At the bottom you will find "properties". Click on that. This is the "Display Properties" dialogue window. Click on the "Appearance" tab. Go to the drop down menu that says "Windows and buttons". I am running Windows XP on my computer, so near the top of the list there is "Windows XP style". Click on it.


The preview shows me the shiny, boring - I mean blue! - Windows XP style. Click "Apply" and wait for a moment...and voila! Your computer is back to normal. [Computer shivers in the cold]. So simple even a noob like me can do it! Quickly now, before my poor computer gets a complex I'm throwing on a new skin...ah! Much better.


Daily Hint for the Noob: When you have WindowBlinds installed you can change your skin easily by going through these same steps. Once you have uploaded a few different skins, you can scroll through them just by using the Appearance tab in the Display Properties dialog box.


Tomorrow's Article: How to Make A Screen Shot


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Stupendous Man
Reply #1 Wednesday, January 5, 2005 5:47 PM
I love your articles Cordelia! While I am far from being a nu-be, your sense of humor has goven me a good chuckle. Keep up the good work!
Reply #2 Wednesday, January 5, 2005 11:21 PM
One question I have is about LogonStudio (I know not the subject of these articles but this is the only noobiezone I could find). I can't seem to figure out at all how to use it! If you're planning on doing more tutorials, I'd love to see a nice detailed one on the use of LogonStudio (and how to get all those darned Logons you download from this site to work!)
Bebi Bulma
Reply #3 Thursday, January 6, 2005 12:24 AM
That's a question I could answer, although it won't be nearly as entertaining as Cordelia's.

Download the logonstudio from stardock (it'll give you a link at the top of the library) and it should be a .logonxp file. After you've installed logonstudio, open it up and click on the Load button on the left side under the logons list, find the logon you had downloaded on your hard drive and click open, it should then appear in the logons list. Select the logon from the list and then click Apply, your new logon should then be setup.
Reply #4 Thursday, January 6, 2005 3:36 AM
Once you have uploaded a few different skins

Should that be downloaded?

Great read, although I, like you, avoid Luna like the plague.
Reply #5 Thursday, January 6, 2005 9:39 AM

Bebi - thanks for answering that one. I'm sure my answer would have been highly entertaining, as I have never used LogonStudio and would have had to make something up. I'm hoping to write something for all the programs, but I have to learn them first...

CerebroJD - you're right, I meant downloaded. I was you?

Reply #6 Thursday, January 6, 2005 11:34 AM
Reply #7 Thursday, January 6, 2005 1:07 PM
Great articles, keep them coming!
Reply #8 Thursday, January 6, 2005 1:41 PM
i can also recommend this skinchanger by tiggz !!
Reply #9 Thursday, January 6, 2005 3:52 PM
Sweet! Thanks -OZZY-!
Reply #10 Thursday, January 6, 2005 6:26 PM
YW Cordelia
Reply #11 Tuesday, January 11, 2005 9:08 PM
Ah well I must be doing something wrong, none of the logons I download from the Logons section of this site seem to appear in the list.. or actually be .logonxp files...

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