You can start customizing the appearance of Windows 10 in the same way as in previous versions of the operating system, from the desktop context menu by selecting the “Personalization” item. But instead of the previous “Personalization” panel, you will see a new one, which is one of the sections of the “Settings” panel.
Don’t be confused by the “Gadgets” item. this is 8GadgetPack, which also works fine in Windows 10.
You can replace the background image of the desktop in the section with the obvious name “Background” (Options → Personalization → Background) There you can choose one of the standard images or specify the path to your own, as well as specify the position for it: Fill, Fit, Stretch, Tile, Center extension.
If you have a large selection of desktop wallpapers, it is convenient to use them as a background in a slide show. To do this, just select the “Slide show” item in the “Background” drop-down list, and then specify the path to the folder with the image using the “Browse” button. For images in a slide show, you can also choose the appropriate position, and of course, set the frequency of their shift: 1, 10 or 30 minutes, 1 or 6 hours, daily.
If desired, a solid color can also be used as a background, but only in Windows 10 their selection is very limited and there is no possibility of choosing an arbitrary color.
Start menu, taskbar, and notification center colors
You can select the appropriate color for the Start menu, taskbar, Notification Center, the frame around the program windows, as well as individual elements of the system application interface in the “Colors” section (Options → Personalization → Colors) The color can be selected by the system automatically, based on the background image of the desktop, or it can be manually selected by the user from several dozen proposed by the developers of the system.
If desired, the use of the selected color can be disabled for the Start menu, taskbar and Notification Center (in favor of dark gray), saving for other interface elements. Fans of the Aero Glass effect have the opportunity to make them transparent. In the same section of the panel there is a link to go to the “Accessibility” section, where high contrast is set.
For the lock screen in the Personalization panel (Options → Personalization → Lock screen), just like for the desktop, you can select a background image or set up a slide show. In the Home Edition, this list is complemented by the Windows Spotlight feature, which automatically downloads new background images from Microsoft servers. Notifications from applications provide the payload of the lock screen. For one of the applications selected by the user, detailed information can be displayed, for seven more. brief information.
Video: Change Themes In Windows 10
Interestingly, for the slideshow of the lock screen, you can use several image sources, an unnecessary folder can always be deleted from the album list, highlighting and using the “Delete” button.
Clicking on the link “Additional slide show settings” opens a fine-tuning panel for this mode, in which you can enable the display of photos from the “Film” folder on your computer and OneDrive, select photos to fit the screen, activate the lock screen instead of turning off the screen when the computer is idle, and set the time to turn off the screen in slide show mode: after 30 minutes, 1 hour, 3 hours or not to turn it off at all.
From the “Lock Screen” section, you can also go to the classic “Screen Saver Settings” panel, where the screensaver is configured. This tool has not yet been completely moved to the Options panel.
In the “Themes” section (Options → Personalization → Themes) You can go to the desktop settings that are familiar to users of previous versions of Windows: choosing the theme you want to use, sound scheme, desktop icons, and mouse pointers. To change them, classic tools are used that are launched by clicking on the relevant links.
Most likely, in the future, Microsoft will completely abandon the usual themes, but for now you can use them. You can select one of the default themes or the ones you set using the “Theme Settings” link. It’s funny, but you can’t change any theme parameters at the time of this publication.
Not everyone liked the new sounds for standard system events; you can replace them with your own sounds in the Sounds panel by clicking on the link “Advanced Sound Settings”. It can be either a ready-made sound scheme or separate sound files. In the second case, you only need to select an event from the list, and then specify the path to the audio file (.wav) by clicking on the “Browse. “.
Similarly, mouse pointers (cursors) are replaced by clicking on the “Mouse Pointer Settings” link. Among other things, in the opened “Properties: Mouse” panel, you can turn off the shadow at the pointer if it bothers you. Sets (schemes) of sounds and cursors (.cur, ani) can be found on the global network, sometimes they come with themes.
You can select your own icons for the shortcuts Computer, User Files, Trash, Desktop Network using the link “Desktop Icon Settings”. You just need to select the shortcut, use the “Change Icon” button and select the icon from the system set, or specify the path to your own file with the icons (.ico, icl, dll, exe). Here you can disable the display of unused shortcuts, restore the standard icons and prevent the themes from changing them.
We have already talked about using and configuring the Start menu, we won’t repeat it. In short, in the panel Settings → Personalization → Start You can enable the full-screen menu mode and disable unused functions.
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