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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 pictures, colors, icons, pointers, 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 (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.

  2. Select a theme in the list.

    Windows updates your desktop automatically when you select a theme.

  3. Click Close.

To create a custom theme:

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

    or

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

  2. Select a theme in the list as a starting point for creating a new one.
  3. Choose the desired settings for Desktop Background, Window Color, Sounds, and Screen Saver.
  4. When you're finished making changes, select your revised theme (in the My Themes section of the theme list), click Save Theme, type a theme name, and then click Save.
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