Changing Desktop Themes

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Most users like to personalize the look of the Windows desktop. To this end, Windows 7 includes a number of preconfigured desktop themes, comprised of selected desktop backgrounds, color schemes, sound schemes, and screensavers.

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Right-click anywhere on the desktop and click Personalize.

Click the new theme you want to apply.

Desktop Slideshows Some themes include desktop slideshows, where multiple desktop backgrounds are displayed in order. ■


The default Windows 7 desktop uses a predefined combination of colors and transparencies. If you don't like the way this looks, you can choose from several other color schemes.


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Right-click anywhere on the desktop and click Personalize.

Click Window Color at the bottom of the window.

Click any of the default color schemes.

Click Save Changes.

Change the Transparency To change the degree of transparency in Windows 7's windows and dialog boxes, adjust the Color Intensity slider. Or, to turn off the transparency completely, uncheck the Enable Transparency option. ■


Screensavers display moving designs on your computer screen when you haven't typed or moved the mouse for a while. This provides some small degree of entertainment if you're bored at your desk.



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^^ Right-click anywhere on the desktop and click Personalize. ^^ Click Screen Saver at the bottom of the window. ^^ Select a screensaver from the Screen Saver drop-down list ^^ Click OK when you're done.

How Long to Wait? To determine the number of minutes you want the screen to be idle before the screensaver activates, select a new value from the Wait list. ■

Configure the Screensaver Click the Settings button to configure settings specific to an individual screensaver (if available). ■


Windows also lets you change just the desktop background, without changing the entire theme. Windows 7 includes a number of built-in desktop wallpapers; you can also choose your own photo or graphic for your desktop background.


^^ Right-click anywhere on the desktop and click Personalize. Click Desktop Background at the bottom of the window.

^^ When the next window opens, select one of Windows's built-in backgrounds from the list. °C,ic' S- Ch~'

Position Your Picture To determine how the image file is displayed on your desktop, select one of the options from the Picture Position list: Fill, Fit, Stretch, Tile, or Center. ■

Choose a Custom Background To use a picture of your own for your desktop background, click the Browse button next to the Picture Location list, and then select the picture you want from your computer's hard disk. ■


New to Windows 7 is the capability of having multiple desktop backgrounds, displayed one after another in a desktop slideshow. It's a great way to view all your favorite photos—with-out having to manually switch backgrounds.

^^ Right-click anywhere on the desktop and click Personalize.

Click Desktop Background at the bottom of the window.


^^ When the next window opens, hold down the Ctrl key and click the background images you want to include in the slideshow.

To determine how long each background displays, select a value from the Change Picture Every list.

^ To display background images in a random order, click the Shuffle option. ^^ Click Save Changes.

Choose Your Own Images To include your own photos in the desktop slideshow, click the Browse button next to the Picture Location list, and then select the pictures you want from your computer's hard disk. ■


If you have multiple people using your PC, you should assign each user in your household his or her own password-protected user account. Anyone trying to access another user's account and files without the password will then be denied access.


From the Windows Control Panel, click Add or remove user accounts from the User Accounts and Family Safety section.

Click Create a new account.


Different Users You can create two types of user accounts—Standard user or Administrator. You should set yourself up as an administrator because only this account can make system-wide changes to your PC. ■

^^ Enter a name for the account.

^^ Select the type of account to create: Standard user or Administrator.

Click the Create Account button. Windows 7 now creates the new account and randomly assigns a picture that will appear next to the username.

Change Your Picture You can change an account picture by returning to the Manage Accounts window, selecting the account, and then selecting the Change the Picture option. ■

Create a Password By default, no password is assigned to the new account. You can assign a password by returning to the Manage Accounts window, selecting the account, and then selecting the Create a Password option. ■


Microsoft makes additional Windows applications available for free download from These applications include Family Safety (parental controls), Mail (email), Messenger (instant messaging), Movie Maker (digital video editing), Photo Gallery (digital photo editing), Toolbar (for Internet Explorer), and Writer (blogging).

From Internet Explorer, go to

Click the link for the application you want to download.

Click Download.

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Built-In Applications Many of these now-optional applications used to be built into previous versions of Windows, and have been "unbundled" in Windows 7. ■


When you can't figure out how to perform a particular task, it's time to ask for help. In Windows 7, this is done through the Windows Help and Support Center.



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^^ Click the Start button to display the Start menu.

Click Help and Support.

©Enter your query into the Search Help box at the top of the next dialog box, and then press Enter

Browse for Help You can also browse the topics in Windows' Help system. Click the Browse Help icon at the top of the dialog box, and then click the appropriate topic below. ■

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  • everard
    How to change theme in windows 7 by standard user?
    9 years ago
  • bisirat saare
    How to deny change desktop theme windows 7?
    7 years ago
  • elizabeth bunton
    What provides options to select a new color scheme and change the desktop background?
    7 years ago
  • johnny
    How to change picture windows 7 theme without waiting?
    7 years ago

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