Windows 10: Windows 10 invisible borders (possibly 7 pixels wide)

Discus and support Windows 10 invisible borders (possibly 7 pixels wide) in Windows 10 Support to solve the problem; For me, one of the main cons of Windows 10 is it's invisible borders for windows. The invisible border is usually 7 pixels wide. I did make a... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Support' started by jimhoyle, Oct 10, 2018.

  1. jimhoyle Win User

    Windows 10 invisible borders (possibly 7 pixels wide)


    For me, one of the main cons of Windows 10 is it's invisible borders for windows. The invisible border is usually 7 pixels wide. I did make a workaround for this in AutoHotkey, the code is here: https://autohotkey.com/boards/viewtopic.php?t=26514

    However, there are situations where this code doesn't work. Also it's very annoying to see windows changing size even though the new size is much better (without the useless margin).

    I've noticed that some programs don't know exactly how to behave with this border. For example, for FlashFXP 5, it seems to snap horizontally to 7 px off the edge, but on the bottom it can either snap off or not snap. It's always crucial what happens after closing and reopening too.

    What is this invisible border for in the first place? So that for touch screens it'd be easier to grab the very edge?

    Is there still no way to disable this? Or what is the best workaround to get rid of this? I want my windows to be exactly where I want, not forced by the operating system. (I do have this setting OFF: Arrange windows automatically by dragging them to the sides or corners of the screen.)

    :)
     
    jimhoyle, Oct 10, 2018
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  2. con487 Win User

    1 pixel wide border outside windows in High Contrast


    Greetings,

    I'm having a sort of an issue with window borders with custom High Contrast themes. I'm trying to create a dark theme based off an existing one I've found that could be used without patching any system files, hence why it uses High Contrast to get custom colors. I've had most of the problem already solved, notably the huge window borders, and I've acknowledged that some things may remain broken (such as tray icons having borders all around with the same color as button text).

    The issue I'm now concerned about relates to window borders. Outside the standard window border, there is a 1 pixel wide border on the very outside of a window:


    Windows 10 invisible borders (possibly 7 pixels wide) [​IMG]


    I've noticed that the border seems to have the same color as the window title text. It seems like an inane decision from Microsoft's part - if you want a dark theme, you probably want dark title bars, so white text, and you get ugly white borders, as if you were trying to make a triangle of three gears move. In the image, I've had a compromise of grayish text which makes the text harder to read, but the borders more tolerable.

    My question is, is it possible to either change the color of this border independently or remove it altogether? I've tried to search for instructions online without any success so far.

    Thanks in advance.
     
    con487, Oct 10, 2018
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  3. Edwin Win User
    1 pixel wide border outside windows in High Contrast


    @con487, welcome! Windows 10 invisible borders (possibly 7 pixels wide) :)

    First of all, one of two things; you've either had AeroLite on your system or you've inherited it through a .theme file, and it's become a 'Parent' theme.
    Best to get rid of any AeroLite themes and traces, then set the Windows default theme then start 'building' a High Contrast theme from scratch. That will get rid of the trace border around most elements, eg. Notepad and the clock.


    Windows 10 invisible borders (possibly 7 pixels wide) [​IMG]


    I must warn you, though, with the ever increasing amount of 'virtual/immersive' layers throughout the OS, it's getting more and more difficult to create a HC theme that looks half decent!

    One important thing is to turn off 2 settings in 'Colors' and leave the 3rd one on!


    Windows 10 invisible borders (possibly 7 pixels wide) [​IMG]


    Also, do the reg hack to make Active and Inactive title bars the same or similar color:

    Inactive Title Bar Color - Change in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums
     
    Edwin, Oct 10, 2018
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  4. con487 Win User

    Windows 10 invisible borders (possibly 7 pixels wide)

    1 pixel wide border outside windows in High Contrast


    @Hopachi

    Yes, I've been editing my themes using notepad. I already knew about title text, so "there is no way to change the 1px border independently" was really the important part here.




    @Edwin

    Thank you for the welcome.

    I tried to remove AeroLite from the theme, and oh my, what is this abomination?


    Windows 10 invisible borders (possibly 7 pixels wide) [​IMG]


    I think the theme needs further editing to make it work, or will it always end up looking like this without AeroLite? I'd much rather have the borders over this.

    The settings of the Colors page posted already match mine.
     
    con487, Oct 10, 2018
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