How to Customize Windows 10’s Appearance

customization page in the application of parameters

Windows 10 includes a set of customization settings that let you change the background of your desktop, Windows colors, lock screen background, and more. Here's what you need to know to make sure your computer looks exactly the way you want.

We will talk about the customization settings made available by Windows in Settings> Customization. So you can also do this. However, you can customize the appearance of your computer in different ways, such as configuration of the folder options , or by personalizing the The Start menu, Taskbar, Action Center, and The icons However, that makes sense to you.

Change your Windows background

The first set of options (those found in the "Background" category on the Custom Settings page) allows you to control the background of your desktop. These should be quite familiar to you if you have been using Windows for a while.

To use an image as a background, choose "Image" from the "Background" drop-down menu. As in previous versions, Windows 10 comes with some images, or you can click "Browse" and locate your own image.

background options in the application of parameters

Once you have chosen an image, you can decide on its adaptation to your desktop: filling, adaptation, stretching, mosaic, etc. If you use multiple monitors, you can also choose an "Extended" option that displays a single image on all your monitors.

choose an adjustment for your image

If you want to rotate a series of images for your background, choose "Slideshow" from the "Background" drop-down menu. To create a slideshow, you must select a folder from which Windows can draw images. You can not select individual images, but only folders, so continue and set up a folder with your favorite background images before selecting this option. After selecting your folder, you can also specify how often Windows modifies the background image, whether it mixes the images randomly, and how the images should match your desktop.

slideshow settings for the screen background

And if you prefer to keep things simple, you can use a solid color as a background. Choose "Solid Color" from the "Background" drop-down menu and choose one of the proposed background colors.

choose a solid color background

If you want a little more control, you can also click on the "Custom Color" button on this last screen. In the pop-up window, use the controls to select the exact color of your choice, then click "Done".

custom color picker

Unfortunately, the Personalization screen allows you to select only one background, regardless of the number of monitors. If you have multiple monitors, you can set a different background image for each monitor using the file explorer. Of course, there are also third-party utilities such as John's Background Switcher and DisplayFusion, both of which can better control the images on a multi-monitor setup. They also provide more advanced tools for working with backgrounds on a single monitor.

RELATED: How to set a different wallpaper on each monitor under Windows 10

Change the colors used by Windows and where

The next customization options (those in the "Colors" category) control how Windows uses color for various elements on the screen. You will start by choosing an accent color. You can choose an accent color from the predefined color palette or click on "Custom Color" to get exactly the color you want. You can also select "Automatically choose an accent color on my background" so that Windows automatically matches a color based on the photo you are using as the background.

choose accent colors

After choosing an accent color, your next step is to choose where Windows uses this accent color. Your two options are "Start, taskbar and center of action" and "Title bars and window borders". The first option uses accent color as the background for your Start menu, taskbar, and action center, and also highlights some elements of these items. elements, such as application 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.

choose additional accent color options

Unfortunately, the items in the Start menu, Taskbar, and Action Center are grouped for color selection, and you can not assign different colors to them. However, we have a quick registry hack that can at least leave you keep a black background on your Start Menu and Action Center. The second option uses the accent color on the title bar of the active windows, although we also have another hack to offer if you wish. use accent color on inactive windows, as well as.

Back on the Colors customization screen, you will also find the option "Transparency effect" to make transparent or not the Start menu, the taskbar and the Maintenance Center. This option does not affect the accent color if it is used on these elements.

And finally, you can enable a dark mode for settings and applications. Although this application mode setting does not affect all applications, we have some tips that you might appreciate for to use a dark theme almost everywhere in Windows 10.

Change your lock screen

Then we move to the settings of the Windows lock screen. Do not forget that the lock screen is the screen on which you click to spread so that you can access the login screen, where you enter your name and password. User and your password. By default, the background of your lock screen is set to "Windows Spotlight," which allows you to download and view a set of rotating Microsoft backgrounds.

You can also set the background of the lock screen as one of your photos or a photo slideshow in a folder on your computer. It works the same way as to set the background of your desktop. Choose the option of your choice from the "Background" drop-down menu. If you select an image, simply point to Windows on the file you want to use.

change your lock screen background

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

slideshow options for lock screen background

The advanced settings allow you to include your camera as a source of images, to use only images tailored to your screen and to indicate whether the locked screen should be displayed instead of turning off when the PC is idle. If you select this option, you can also configure the screen to turn off or not at all after a set amount of time.

advanced slideshow settings

Back on the lock screen settings, you also have a few more options available. Disable the option "Get fun information, tips and more from Windows and Cortana on your lock screen" if you prefer not to see this information on your lock screen. You can also specify that the background image of the lock screen is also used as the background of the login screen, although we have other ways to do it. change your sign in the bottom of the screen instead of.

disabling additional information on the lock screen

The other two settings, "Choose an application to view the detailed status" and "Choose applications to view the quick status", allow you to control which applications provide status information on the ####################################################################### 39, lock screen. You can delete existing apps by clicking on them, then choosing "None" or edit them by selecting one of the preselected apps from the pop-up menu. Add another application by clicking one of the plus (+) icons and choosing the applications in the same menu.

choose applications that appear on the lock screen

And for reference, here's where it all appears on your lock screen.

lockscreen with different options displayed

Use a theme to edit multiple personalization settings at once

Windows 10 finally brings control of the themes in the Settings application instead of the Control Panel application. Themes let you coordinate and save a screen background, accent color, sound set, and mouse sliders as a set that you can reload more easily.

theme settings

You can click on each theme category (Background, Color, etc.) to define what you want to use. These links simply take you to other places in the Settings app where you can make changes. Once you've set everything up the way you want, click the "Save Theme" button and name your theme.

If you scroll down a little, you will see that Windows also comes with some pre-selected themes and gives you the option to download more from Windows Store. Browse the list and choose the theme you want to use or click on the "More themes in the store" link to see what's on offer.

choose a theme

Change your font options

Windows 10 still includes the old Fonts tool in Control Panel, but you can now also manage fonts in the Settings application. This page displays all the font families installed on your PC. The list is usually long and so there is a search box that will help you. The application displays a sample of each font and its number of faces.

font settings

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

details page of a font

For a more detailed explanation, consult our guide on Installing and managing fonts in the Windows 10 Settings application.

Change Start Menu Options

Next are the Start menu options. There are not many options available directly on the Start personalization screen. You can use them to determine if you want to display additional tiles on each tile column, if items such as your most-used and recently-added apps appear above your full list of apps, and if you want to open the Start menu in full screen mode. .

start the menu settings

We will not spend much time here because we already have a complete guide of all ways you can customize your Start menu under Windows 10. This includes what you can do on the personalization screen, as well as many other things that you customize elsewhere in Windows.

RELATED: 10 Ways to Customize the Windows 10 Start Menu

Change your options on the taskbar

As with the Start menu options, we will not go into the details of the taskbar options available here because we already have a complete guide customizing your taskbar in Windows 10. In short, this is where you'll customize options such as locking the taskbar, automatically hide it when you're not using it, use small or large icons, and how the bar tasks are handled if you have more than one. displayed.

settings on the taskbar

As you can see, Windows 10 may not provide all the depth of customization options you had in Windows 7, but it still provides enough for Windows to look good. And hey, if you can not get things the way you want and you're ready to work a little bit more, you can always try a tool like Rainmeter, which offers a possibility of almost infinite customization.


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