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Explanation of user interface (UI) skins

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This article discusses user interface (UI) skins.
With UI skins, you can customize areas in Microsoft Windows programs such as backgrounds, title bars, buttons, and other graphical interfaces. For example, you can use skins to change the background in Microsoft Internet Explorer and the Windows Explorer toolbar. With skins, you can configure the interface by choosing different categories of skins. Some programs make automatic skin changes for you when you start the program or use certain parts of the program.

Most UI skins are developed by third-party vendors. You can use skins to modify the interface of many programs. With some programs and utilities, you can create your own skins.

The following list contains some programs that use UI skins:
  • Windows Media Player version 7.1
  • Windows Media Player version 7
  • Macromedia Shockwave
  • RealPlayer
  • RealJukeBox
  • Nullsoft WinAmp
  • Quake
Note Windows and Internet Explorer do not install UI skins components. If you have issues with UI skins, contact the vendor of the program for help.

Windows Media Player for Palm-size PCs contains the skins feature. To obtain this feature, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
Microsoft provides Web Accessories utilities that you can use in Internet Explorer 5. Web Accessories are similar to skins. For information about Web Accessories, visit the following Microsoft Web site: The following third-party Web sites include skins or information about skins: Microsoft provides third-party contact information to help you find technical support. This contact information may change without notice. Microsoft does not guarantee the accuracy of this third-party contact information.

The third-party products that this article discusses are manufactured by companies that are independent of Microsoft. Microsoft makes no warranty, implied or otherwise, regarding the performance or reliability of these products.

Article ID: 253739 - Last Review: 12/05/2015 18:34:30 - Revision: 6.2

Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.01, Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0, Microsoft Windows Media Player 7.1, Microsoft Windows Media Player 7.0, Microsoft Windows NT 4.0, Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition, Microsoft Windows 98 Standard Edition, Microsoft Windows 95

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