Aero gives the user interface a highly polished, glassy look. When you use Aero, you can set the glass color, intensity, and transparency by selecting Window Color in the Personalization control panel. Several default colors are available, including twilight (blue), sky (light blue), ruby (red), pumpkin (orange), blush (pink), and white (frost). By selecting a color and then using the "Color intensity" slider, you can create softer or bolder colors. By enabling transparency, you make it possible to see through parts of windows, menus, and dialog boxes. You can also create the exact color you want using hue, saturation, and brightness color mixers. The one feature sorely missing is a way to enter numeric color values, which would allow you to use standard colors from color palettes.
Of these many Aero settings, the transparency setting is the biggest resource hog. If your computer has a low to middling score for its processor, physical memory, general graphics, or gaming graphics, you might want to disable this feature to achieve better performance.
The Power Saver power plan automatically disables transparency when running on batteries. For more information on power plans, see "Navigating the control buttons and customizing the power configuration" on page 37 in Chapter 2.
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