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How to Customize the Appearance of Windows 10



  Personalization page in the Settings app

Windows 10 includes a number of personalization settings that you can use to change the desktop background, Windows colors, lock screen background, and so on. Here's what you need to know to make your computer look exactly what you want it to be.

We will talk about the personalization settings that Windows provides under Settings> Personalization so far. However, there are other ways to customize the appearance of your computer, such as: For example, configuring folder options or customizing the Start menu, taskbar, action center, and icons.

Changing the Windows Background

The first options that you can find in the Background category on the Personalization Settings page are to control the background of your desktop, and they should be familiar to you when using Windows use for a longer time.

To use Select Wallpaper as the background image from the Background drop-down menu. As in previous releases, Windows 1

0 includes some images that you can choose from, or you can click Browse and find your own image.

 Background Options in the Settings App

After Selection For a picture, you can decide how the picture fits on your desktop – whether it's filled in, adjusted, stretched, tiled, and so on. If you use multiple monitors, you can also select the Span option, which displays a single image on all monitors.

 Choosing an Image Adjustment

When you want to rotate Choose from a series of images for your background "Slideshow" from the Background drop-down menu. To create a slideshow, you must select a folder from which Windows can draw pictures. You can not select individual pictures – only folders. Set up a folder of your favorite wallpapers before selecting this option. After selecting your folder, you can also set how often Windows changes the background image, whether the images are mixed at random, and how the images should fit on your desktop.

 Slideshow settings for the desktop background

And if you prefer to keep things simple, you can use a solid color as the background. Choose Monochrome from the Background drop-down menu, then choose one of the background colors offered.

 Selecting a Monochrome Background

If you want a little more control, you may want to click on the "Custom Color" button on the last screen. In the pop-up window, use the controls to select the color you want, and then click Done.

 Custom Color Picker

Unfortunately, on the Personalization screen, you can only select one background. No matter how many monitors you have. If you have multiple monitors, you can use File Explorer to set a different wallpaper for each monitor. Of course, there are also third-party utilities such as Johns Background Switcher and DisplayFusion, with which you can better control images on multiple monitors. They also provide advanced tools for working with backgrounds on a single monitor.

CONNECTION: Setting another wallpaper on each monitor in Windows 10

Changing the colors Windows uses and where [19659005] Control the next personalization options – those in the Colors category how Windows uses colors for different screen elements. Start by selecting an accent color. You can select an accent color from the predefined color palette or click Custom Color to get exactly the color you want. Alternatively, you can select "Automatically select an accent color from my background" to have Windows automatically select a color based on the image you are using as the background.

 Selecting accent colors

After choosing an accent color, you'll need to choose where Windows will use that accent color next. Both options are Start, Taskbar, Action Center, Title Lines, and Window Borders. The first option uses the accent color as the background for your Start menu, Taskbar, and Action Center, and highlights certain items on those items – like App icons in the Start menu – with the same accent color. The second option uses the accent color for the title bar of your active window.

 Selecting Additional Accent Color Options

Unfortunately, the Start Menu, Taskbar, and Action Center elements are grouped for color selection and you can not make them in different colors. However, we have a quick registry hack that allows you to keep at least a black background in your Start Menu and Action Center. The second option uses the accent color in the title bar of active windows. However, we also have another hack for you if you want to use the accent color in inactive windows. You'll also find a "Transparency effect" option that makes the Start menu, the taskbar, and the Action Center transparent. This option does not affect the accent color when used for these elements.

And finally, you can turn on a dark mode for settings and apps. This app mode setting does not affect all apps. On Windows 10, however, there are some tricks that may allow you to use a dark theme.

Change the lock screen.

Next, go to the Windows lock screen settings. Keep in mind that the lock screen is the screen you click to move it to the page and go to the login screen by entering your username and password. By default, your lock screen background is set to "Windows Spotlight," which downloads and displays a rotating set of backgrounds from Microsoft.

You can also set the lock screen background as one of your pictures or a slideshow of pictures in a folder on your computer. This works in the same way as setting the desktop wallpaper. Select the desired option from the Background drop-down menu. When you select an image, just point to the file you want to use with Windows.

 Changing the lock screen background

If you choose the Slideshow option, you must first select one or more albums (or folders) of pictures to use for the slideshow. Click the "Add Folder" button to add new folders until you are satisfied with your selection. You can also click the "Advanced Slideshow Settings" link to access some additional options.

 Lock Screen Background Slideshow Options

Advanced settings allow you to use your camera as a source for images. Only use pictures that fit on your screen and decide whether to show the lock screen instead of turning off the screen when the PC is inactive. If you select this last option, you can also set the screen to turn off after a set period of time or not at all.

 Advanced Slideshow Settings

You also have a few more options available. Uncheck "Provide helpful information, tips, and more for Windows and Cortana on your lock screen" if you do not want to see this information on your lock screen. You can also set the wallpaper for the lock screen to be used as the background for the login screen. However, there are other ways to change the background for the login screen.

 Disabling Additional Information About The Lock Screen

The other two settings, "Select an App to Show the Detail Status" and "Select Apps to Show the Quick Status", let you control which apps display status information on the lock screen provide. You can remove existing apps by clicking them, then selecting "None" or changing them by selecting one of the preselected apps from the pop-up menu. Add another app by clicking one of the plus signs (+) and selecting apps from the same menu.

 Select apps that appear on the lock screen.

appears on your lock screen.

 Lock screen with various options displayed

Use a theme to change several personalization settings simultaneously using the Control Panel app. Themes let you coordinate a desktop background, an accent color, a sound scheme, and a mouse cursor and save it as a sentence that you can reload more easily.

 Theme Settings

You can click on any of the topic categories – background, color, etc. to specify what you want to use. These links will simply lead you to other places in the Settings app where you can make the changes. Once you have made the settings as you like, click the "Save topic" button and give your topic a name.

If you scroll down a bit, you'll find that Windows also includes some preselected themes and offers you the ability to download more from the Windows Store. Browse the list and select the topic you want, or click the "More topics in the store" link to see more offers.

 Selecting a Theme

Changing Your Font Options

Windows 10 still includes the old Fonts tool in Control Panel. You can now manage fonts in the Settings app. This page shows all font families installed on your PC. Normally, the list is quite long, so a search box will appear at the top to help you. The app displays an example of each font and the number of fonts it contains.

 Font Settings

You can click any font family to get more details, customize some basic font settings, and uninstall the font application.

 Detail page for a font

For a more detailed explanation, see our guide to installing and managing fonts in the Windows 10 Settings app.

Change your start menu options [19659005] Next, the start menu options will be displayed. There are not many options available on the Start Personalization screen. They let you control whether additional tiles should appear in each tile column, such as showing your most-used and recently added apps above your full list of apps, and opening the Start menu in full-screen mode.

 Start Menu Settings

However, we will not spend much time here as we already have a complete guide to all the ways you can customize your Start Menu in Windows 10. This includes what you get on the Personalization screen, as well as a number of other things that you can customize elsewhere in Windows.

RELATED: 10 Ways to Customize the Windows 10 Start Menu

Changing the Taskbar Options

The options available here are the same as for the Start menu options in the system tray, as we already have a complete guide to customize the taskbar in Windows 10. In short, here you can customize options. L B. Whether the taskbar is locked is automatically hidden when you are not using it, using small or large icons, and how the taskbar handles multiple displays.

 Taskbar Settings


While Windows 10 may not offer as many customization options as Windows 7, it still provides enough to make Windows look pretty good. And hey, if you can not get things the way you want them and are willing to do a bit more work, you can always try a tool like Rainmeter, which offers almost endless customization options.


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