When it comes to changing the appearance of Windows 10, your first port of call should be its built-in personalisation options. To access them, open up the Windows Start menu and select ‘Settings’, followed by ‘Personalization’ in the ‘Settings’ window. Here is where you’ll find a number of option screens including for ‘Background’, ‘Colors’, ‘Lock screen’, ‘Themes’ and ‘Start’.
2. Pick a wallpaper
The first setting screen lets you change your desktop background. There are a number of pre-installed backgrounds
that you can choose from in the picture row. Alternatively, you can use one of your own photos by clicking the ‘Browse’ button and navigating to the file.
3. More background settings
If you’re struggling to settle on the perfect desktop background image, try a slideshow instead. Once you’ve picked
which images to include, you can set a display duration for each picture. Here, we’ve opted to have the wallpaper change every 30 minutes. Finally, select how Windows should fit your pictures from the ‘Choose a fit’ drop-down.
4. Changing colours
If you don’t want a picture on your desktop you can fill it with a solid colour via the ‘Background’ menu. When you’ve
chosen a colour, select the ‘Colors’ menu from the left-hand pane. Here you can choose an ‘accent’ colour (accents are highlighted elements) or let Windows select one for you. It will find a tone that complements your wallpaper.
5. Custom accents
If you’re not happy with the accent colour Windows selects, turn off the automatic feature by clicking the switch, and pick your own. Below the colour palette you’ll find an option to extend your colour choice to the Start menu, Taskbar and Action Center. There’s also an option to make elements transparent, which can improve display performance on systems with older graphics.
6. Lock screen
The next item in the left-hand panel extends your personalisation options to the lock screen. Here you can choose
which image is displayed when you’re not using your PC. You can also set up a slideshow in the same manner as your desktop wallpaper – choose which images to include by selecting them individually or by pointing Windows to a folder of pictures.
7. Advanced slideshow
Click ‘Advanced slideshow settings’ and you’ll see a few more useful options for your slideshow. You can choose to include your camera roll, use only pictures that fit the screen, and whether or not to show the lock screen when the PC is inactive. The last option also enables you to set the screen to turn off after a certain amount of time has passed, or not at all.
8. Screensaver panel
The rest of the Lock screen options relate to app status updates, except for a link to the screensaver control panel.
Anyone familiar with the old Windows XP screensaver options should feel at home, since little has changed. Select a screensaver from the dropdown, preview it, choose how long to wait before it’s displayed, and configure other settings via the ‘Settings…’
9. Windows Themes
Back in the ‘Personalisation’ settings, click the next option in the left-hand panel called ‘Themes’. Themes change the look of Windows wholesale, and affect not only desktop background and colours, but also system sounds. Click the ‘Theme settings’ link and you’ll be taken to the Control Panel, where you can pick from existing themes, get more themes online or create your own.
Customizing Windows 10