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Published on 05.14.09 by Brent Trahan

Prevent Changing Visual Styles for Windows and Buttons

Learn how to prevent changing visual styles for windows and buttons in Windows 7.

Prevents users or applications from changing the visual style of the windows and buttons displayed on their screens.

When enabled on Windows XP, this setting disables the “Windows and buttons” drop-down list on the Appearance tab in Display Properties.

When enabled on Windows XP and later systems, this setting prevents users and applications from changing the visual style through the command line. Also, a user may not apply a different visual style when changing themes.

Prevent Changing Visual Styles for Windows and Buttons

  1. Type gpedit.msc in the Start menu’s search box and then press Enter.

    Note: This guide shows you how to make changes to Windows 7 using Group Policy. Group Policy is not available in Home versions of Windows 7.

  2. Navigate to User Configuration, Administrative Templates, Control Panel, and then select Personalization in the left column of the Group Policy editor.

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  3. Double-click Prevent changing visual style for windows and buttons in the Settings section of the Group Policy editor.
  4. Select Enable and then click OK to save the changes.

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