Personalize your computer.

You can change the appearance of your personal copy of Windows.Even the sounds that error messages make can be changed.Follow the guide to make Windows your own.

Step 1: Understand themes.

The themes that make up the Windows user interface include icons, wallpaper, fonts, screensavers, and sounds.You can change the entire theme of your computer at the same time.Most installations of Windows only come with one or two themes installed, but many more can be downloaded from the internet.

Step 2: The theme should be changed.

The Control Panel has aPersonalization tool.The majority of thePersonalization tool is taken up by the theme selection window.You can pick a theme from the installed themes.Click the “Get more themes online…” link if you want to search online for more.The theme selection for Windows Vista is not as user-friendly.The Theme link can be found in the Personalization menu.You can select themes from a drop-down box in the Theme menu.To add more themes, you will need to manually search for them and download them to your computer.The file extension is.theme.

Step 3: There is a new wallpaper.

If you want a truly personalized wallpaper, you will need to find or make one, even if Windows gives you a few options.You need to know the size of the image you want to download.You can open your display utility.The Control Panel can be opened in Windows 7 and 8.Click the display settings at the bottom to open the Control Panel.

Step 4: Make a note of the size of your computer.

For the best-looking desktop image, you will want one that matches the size of your desktop.It will not be able to be stretching or repeating.The display window has a button that shows how much the desktop is made of.For example, it might say1920 by1080.This means that your monitor is displaying an image that is 1920×1080.

Step 5: You can download an image.

You can use popular image search engines to find a new picture.Click Size and then select Exact to open the Search Tools.To find images in that size, enter in the size of your desktop.If you like an image, save it to your computer.

Step 6: The wallpaper needs to be set.

The control panel has aPersonalization tool.Depending on how your Control Panel is set up, this could be listed in the Appearance and Personalization category.You can open the Desktop Background option from here.To find the image you downloaded, click here.If you didn’t download an image the same size as your desktop, you can stretch it, tile it or leave it with black borders.

Step 7: ThePersonalization menu can be opened.

Under Appearances and Personalization is where this can be found.Go to the Screen Saver option.You can open your screen saver settings with this.

Step 8: You can change the screen saver.

You can choose from a selection of screensavers.

Step 9: You can change the screen saver settings.

You can decide if you want the screensaver to lock the computer or not.The settings for the screensaver may be adjusted by clicking the button.

Step 10: You can download new screen savers.

You need to download a screen saver from the internet.The.scr format is used for screen savers.Screen saver files can be used for virus distribution and should only be downloaded from trusted sources.Simply click on the.scr file and select install from the menu to download a screensaver.

Step 11: You can open thePersonalization menu.

Under Appearances and Personalization is where this can be found.You can change desktop icons by clicking on the link in the left frame.This will open the settings.

Step 12: You can enable the icons you want.

The first thing to do is to indicate which icons you want to see.The Recycle Bin is the only thing you can choose to add.

Step 13: The icons should be changed.

Click the Change Icon… button if you want to change the icons for each item in the menu.You can browse through the pre-installed icons by opening the icon folder.If you want to change to a custom icon, you have to download a new one.The.ico file format is used by icons.To find the icons that you have downloaded, click Change Icon…Pick the one you want to use.

Step 14: Other icons should be changed.

Click on the icon to change it.Select the Shortcut tab from the Properties window.To find a replacement icon, click the Change Icon… button.You can’t change icons for program shortcut in the Start menu or on the desktop.The icons for the actual programs can’t be changed.

Step 15: You can open thePersonalization menu.

Under Appearances and Personalization is where this can be found.In the left frame for Windows 7 and 8 users, there is a button called “Change mouse pointers”.The mouse properties will be opened by this.The Control Panel can be used to access this menu.

Step 16: Go to the Pointers tab.

You can choose from a variety of schemes that change the pointers.You can change the individual pointers by selecting the one you want to change from the list.

Step 17: Your new scheme should be saved.

Save your cursors as a new scheme so that you can easily change them in the future.

Step 18: ThePersonalization menu can be opened.

Under Appearances and Personalization is where this can be found.The Sounds link can be found either at the bottom of the window for Windows 7 & 8 users or in the main list forVista users.The Sounds tool will be opened by this.

Step 19: You can choose a scheme.

The computer probably only has one or two schemes installed.You will have to find sounds to add in order to change the sounds.When it comes to changing sounds for Windows events, Windows only supports.wav files.Thousands of free.wav files can be found on the internet.

Step 20: You can set custom sounds.

You can assign sound files to specific Windows events once you have downloaded them.Pick the event you want to change from the Sounds tool.Click the button at the bottom to download the.wav file.Click the Test button to make sure it works.

Step 21: You should save your new scheme.

Save your sounds as a new scheme so that you can easily change them in the future.

Step 22: ThePersonalization menu can be opened.

Under Appearances and Personalization is where this can be found.The Window Color and Appearance link can be found either at the bottom of the window for Windows 7 and 8 users or in the main list forVista users.This will open the tool.

Step 23: You can choose a preset color.

If you want to enable transparency, you can choose from a set of pre-made colors.If you want the window colors to be vibrant, use the “Color intensity” slide.

Step 24: You can make your own color.

Define a custom color with the color mixer.You can change the hue, saturation, and brightness of your windows.

Step 25: Basic visual effects can be changed.

Select System Preferences after opening the Apple menu.You can set a new wallpaper and personalize your screen saver with the Desktop & Screen Saver option.You can set a color scheme for the menus, bars, and windows with the Appearance option.The highlight color can be changed.

Step 26: You can change icons.

You can change the icons in Mac OS X.New icons should be downloaded first.There are Mac OS X icons in an.icns file.Press Command+C to copy the downloaded icon.You can change the application or folder by selecting it.Press Command+I to open the info screen.There is a small icon in the top left corner of the info window.To paste the new icon, press Command+V.Press Backspace if you want to change back to the default icon.