Thanks Glenn. That's one of the decisions I'm struggling with. If it had pull strings, would we actually use them, or leave the shades in one place all the time.. In this room, where we are positioned on a hill, the whole neighborhood can see us at night, but there is also a nice view during the day. I'm afraid with manual shades we wouldn't actually bother to open it for the view, or remember or care to drop them down at night. Some of the plantation shutters we have on other windows have been in the same position for decades, and thinking about it now, some of those have a nice view we're not taking advantage of.