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Windows 7 Aero used to have a drop shadows on the windows, which was great because you could easily tell which window was active. See below:

Windows 7 window drop shadow

Is there a setting to get the drop shadow back in Windows 8?

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I guess you are not aware that W8 is a flat, totaly flat OS. it does not have aero nor will it have it in the future. You cannot do that for explorer windows. You might simulate it if you create the application by yourself - it will be only for your app in this case. –  mnmnc Aug 24 '12 at 15:42

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  1. Press Win + X and then Y to open the System Control Panel applet.
  2. Advanced System Settings on the left hand side.
  3. Click on the first settings button.
  4. Enable the drop shadows for Windows. enter image description here
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That is enabled by default and only shows an almost invisible 1px wide and very light shadow. Might as well turn it off and save some energy, it wouldn't make a difference. The shadow cannot be made more visible this way. –  LonelyPixel Sep 8 '12 at 9:24

Shadows is a little program of mine. You can download it as a ZIP archive from my website.

It's like Y'z Shadow but works on Windows 8.

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A little more information would be nice. Also, a simple link to a .exe is usually not very desirable if no source code is available. –  Oliver Salzburg Apr 8 '13 at 15:06
    
please refer to meta.superuser.com/a/5330/179299 for guidelines on how to suggest software. –  Lorenzo Von Matterhorn Apr 8 '13 at 15:08

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