Sensible Title Bars Under Windows XP

21 Sep 2004

I made a simple but useful discovery today at work; it is possible to make the title bars on Windows XP a reasonable size without resorting to a thrid-party skinning tool or the "classic" look (yes, yes - I know the classic window furniture looks far less like it belongs around The Square Window, but the toolkit and colour scheme is far better in the XP theme). Just go to the "Appearance" tab of Display Properties, and click Advanced. Select a title bar in the illustration, and you can change the font and size, allowing you to make the title bar smaller. Selecting "System" (which is only available at 10pt) makes the title bar eighteen pixels, which is more or less the same as Classic. I've no idea why I didn't spot this earlier, but I'm glad I did.

This site is maintained by me, Rob Hague. The opinions here are my own, and not those of my employer or anyone else. You can mail me at, and I'm on Mastodon and robhague on Twitter. The site has a full-text RSS feed if you're so inclined.

Body text is set in Georgia or the nearest equivalent. Headings and other non-body text is set in Cooper Hewitt Light. The latter is © 2014 Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, and used under the SIL Open Font License.

All content © Rob Hague 2002-2024, except where otherwise noted.