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How do I reduce the size of the titlebar and window border padding on Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012?

In Windows 7 was a "Advanced appearance settings" where the border padding (ugly fat border weight/size around every window) could be reduced. .

In Windows 8 this option has disappeared. So do I need to tweak the registry? But where?

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Just found the solution. Go to the registry (Win+R) and run regedit.

Then go here:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\WindowMetrics

And set the following values to 0:

BorderWidth = 0
PaddedBorderWidth = 0

Originally they contained the values -15 and -60.

See this post for some more customizations.

My windows explorer now looks much nicer and more professional: enter image description here

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