I knew putting a shout out to the user community to come up with a fix for the ugly Outlook interface under the Energy Blue theme for the Tablet PC would yield results and jkOnTheRun reader and The Tablet PC Show listener Kunal Kundaje has come through for us all. The fix is stunningly simple as I knew it just had to be. Here’s the fix from Kunal’s web site:
There’s a really simple solution, actually. Here’s what you have to do – first, switch back to the default Windows XP style, and close down Outlook if it’s running. Then, open up Windows Explorer and head over to C:WINDOWSResourcesThemesRoyale. This is where the Energy Blue theme is installed. Under the folder, you’ll notice the actual visual style file, which is also named Royale. All you have to do is rename this file to "luna" which is the filename of the default Windows XP style. Double-click this file and hit the Apply button in the Windows display properties dialog box that appears to switch back to the Energy Blue theme.
That’s all there is to it. Outlook is "fooled" into thinking you’re using Luna, and you can go back to enjoying it in all its colorful glory. :)
This works very well and there is a screen shot for comparison below. One caveat- the fix did not work out of the box for me until I totally uninstalled WindowBlinds. Thanks Kunal, you are my hero!