Disable Luna in Office 2003 on Windows XP

Posted on 2013-05-27
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Last Modified: 2013-05-29

I am setting up an old test machine with Windows XP and Office 2003.  I want to keep the default Luna theme enabled in Windows and as we all know, Office 2003 mimics the Luna theme.  I found a code sample here that shows how to disable Luna within Office 2003 and makes it look like it would on Windows 2000.

Problem is, I don't know how or where to put this code in the program.  Can someone provide a step by step way of doing this?
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Thanks for the reply.  I looked at the link and it appears to be the opposite of what I want to do.  I have Luna on already which makes office use the blue theme.  I want to make office use the classic silver theme which is how it would look when using windows 2000 or XP in classic theme mode.  The catch is I want to keep XP's Luna theme enabled.
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The code sample is for programming new applications, which have the option of using the Office 2003 styles in XP. It's not meant for Office 2003 itself.

The way to do it in office is to disable visual themes for the application. To do this:

1) Go to the Office 2003 folder (should be C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\OFFICE11 )
2) Select the Application you want to change (WINWORD.EXE, POWERPNT.EXE, EXCEL.EXE, MSPUB.EXE, etc.)
3) Right-click, and choose Properties.
4) In Properties, select the Compatiblity tab.
5) Check "Disable Visual Themes".
6) Click OK to close.

Note that you'll have to do this with each Office application you want to run in Classic, as there's not an overall option for all Office apps (you could theoretically run Word in Classic while Excel is in Luna).

You can do the same thing in Vista/7 as well.
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Thanks.  While disabling the visual theme also loses the Luna themed Window frame of the program, it still shows the classic silver.

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