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How To Change Your Windows Themes

Introduction

As the owner of a personal computer, you want to have complete control over how it looks, or the themes that it has. Some people spend many hours out of the day staring at a Windows computer screen either for personal or professional reasons. In a way, the computer becomes a virtual room, giving people access to a home entertainment center to watch movies and listen to music. A computer may also be like an office in a box, allowing professionals to create documents and attach them to email messages that are then sent off to recipients. You can change from the default themes in Windows that might have been set at the factory before you obtained your system.

 

Step 1

Click on the Start button in the bottom left hand corner of the Windows desktop. This reveals the Start Menu. You are going to use the search box at the bottom of this menu to search for the utility that allows users to change the theme on a PC. This method works best for the Windows Vista and Windows 7 operating systems, because the design of Start Menu is similar between the tow versions. If you use Windows XP, you may have see a search box on the Start Menu, providing you are using a more current Service Pack, such as Service Pack 3, which is the latest.

Step 2

Type the word "theme" in the search box at the bottom of the Start Menu. Press the Enter key on the keyboard to open a window called Personalization. Again, you have complete control over your Windows PC, and this is the utility that you will use to change the themes on your personal computer.

Step 3

Look at all of the available options for themes on your Windows PC. Some of the themes might include the "Microsoft Windows" logo along with its customary blue color that occurs prominantly throughout the operating system.

Step 4

Scroll down and review the other themes that you can choose from in Windows. The available themes might depend on which version and edition of the operating system you are currently using. For example, the Windows 7 operating system includes the following editions: Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Ultimate. The availability of extra themes may differ significantly across these editions.

Step 5

Double click on one of the themes once you have made a decision on which one you want to use in Windows. Exit out of the Personalization window and this will become your new theme as you move throughout the operating system.

Tips

You can create your own themes for Windows, too.

Sources and Citations

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By Adri Buckminster, published at 03/30/2012
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