To change Windows visual effects
You can turn specific Windows visual effects on or off. For example, you can display shadows under menus to give a three-dimensional (3-D) effect, indicate folder types with watermarks, and increase the size of icons.
You can change some visual effects in Display Properties and others in System Properties in Control Panel.
Change visual effects in Display
Open Display in Control Panel.
On the Appearance tab, click Effects.
In the Effects dialog box, select the check box for those items you want to turn on.
To open Display, click Start, click Control Panel, click Appearance and Themes, and then click Display.
For information about a specific item, right-click the item and then click What's This?.
Change visual effects in System
Open System in Control Panel.
On the Advanced tab, under Performance, click Settings.
On the Visual Effects tab, click Custom.
Select the check box for those items you want to turn on. Clear the check box for the items you want to turn off.
To open System, click Start, click Control Panel, click Performance and Maintenance, and then click System.