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Setting the Desktop Theme

If Windows' default appearance and sounds aren't to your taste, you can change them with a different desktop theme—a stored set of colors, icons, fonts, sounds, and other elements that redecorate your desktop. You can pick a predefined theme or create your own.

To set a theme:

  1. Choose Start > Control Panel > Appearance and Personalization > Personalization > Theme (Figure 4.13).

    Figure 4.13

    Figure 4.13 Each person with a user account can pick or create a distinct theme.

    or

    Right-click an empty area of the desktop and choose Personalize > Theme.

  2. From the Theme drop-down list, choose a theme.
  3. Click OK (or Apply).

To create a custom theme:

  1. Choose Start > Control Panel > Appearance and Personalization > Personalization > Theme.

    or

    Right-click an empty area of the desktop and choose Personalize > Theme.

  2. From the Theme drop-down list, choose an existing theme as a starting point for creating a new one.
  3. Choose the desired settings in Control Panel to change the theme (see the "Theme Settings" sidebar).
  4. When you're finished making changes, click Apply in the Theme Settings dialog box (refer to Figure 4.13).
  5. Click Save As, type a theme name, and then click Save.

    By default, Windows saves the theme in your Documents folder (Start > Documents).

  6. Click OK (or Apply).

To delete a custom theme:

  1. Choose Start > Control Panel > Appearance and Personalization > Personalization > Theme (refer to Figure 4.13).

    or

    Right-click an empty area of the desktop and choose Personalize > Theme.

  2. From the Theme drop-down list, choose the theme that you want to delete; then click Delete.

    You can delete only the themes that you created or installed, not the ones that Windows provides.

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