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Another Vista Oddity

Remember the classic Win9x / NT / XP Windows themes? Of course you do, many including me are still running such operating systems. One of the largest differences between these old themes and the new Vista Aero theme (apart from transparency effects and desktop compositing) is the lack of a control icon in some dialogs and Windows. This in itself is unremarkable, after all, new theme, new design right? Wrong.

I appears Windows Vista Aero still has an invisible icon in the top left hand corner of the window. Windows without control icons like Windows Explorer still have this invisible area where, if clicked (or double clicked) will react. Try it yourself!

Of course this is not particularly useful. We have not been double clicking control icons to close windows since the days of Windows 3.x, even still I find it amusing that the functionality remains if only to support the legacy themes that can be used in Windows Vista.

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  1. kl
    June 25, 2008 at 4:26 pm

    I’ve relied on that to close windows when I switched from AmigaOS and still use it when sometimes coming back from OS X.

  2. Rob
    June 27, 2008 at 1:39 pm

    I was going to say the same thing as KI. I click there all the time because I am use to OS X. You think it is there for themes or peoples old habits?

  3. June 27, 2008 at 1:41 pm

    Hmm not sure, surely if it was intentional there would be something to indicate its presence?

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