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For Seniors: How to Choose a Desktop Theme for Your Computer

Windows has built-in desktop themes that you can apply to quickly change the look of your computer’s desktop. These desktop themes save sets of elements that include menu appearance, background colors or patterns, screen savers, and even mouse cursors and system sounds.

Themes save sets of elements that include menu appearance, background colors or patterns, screen savers, and even mouse cursors and sounds. If you modify any of these individually — for example, by changing the screen saver to another one — that change overrides the setting in the theme you last applied.

You can save custom themes. Simply apply a theme, make any changes to it you like using the various Appearance and Personalization settings options, and then in the Personalization dialog box, click Save Theme. In the resulting dialog box, give your new theme a name and click Save. Your custom theme now appears on the Theme list.

To apply a theme to your desktop:

  1. Right-click the desktop and choose Personalize.

    The Personalization window opens.

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  2. Select a theme.

    My Themes uses whatever settings you have and saves them with that name. Windows Themes offers up themes related to Nature, Landscapes, Light Auras, and your country of residence. Ease of Access Themes offer a variety of easy to read contrast settings in a variety of themes.

  3. Click Close.

    The dialog box closes.

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