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One of the most popular categories on the Windows 8 desktop's Control Panel, Appearance and Personalization, lets you change the look, feel, and behavior of Windows 8 in a wide variety of ways. Inside the category await these six icons:

  • Personalization: Pay dirt for budding interior designers, this area lets you stamp your own look and feel across Windows. Hang a new picture or digital photo across your desktop, choose a fresh screen saver, and change the colors of the Windows 8 window frames. (To head quickly to this batch of settings, right-click a blank part of your desktop and choose Personalize.)

  • Display: Whereas personalization lets you fiddle with colors, the Display area lets you fiddle with your computer’s screen. For example, it lets you enlarge the text to soothe tired eyes, adjust the screen resolution, and adjust the connection of an additional computer screen.

  • Taskbar: Head here to add program shortcuts to your taskbar, the strip living along your desktop’s bottom edge. (To jump quickly to this area, right-click the taskbar and choose Properties.)

  • Ease of Access: Designed to help people with special needs, this shortcut contains settings to make Windows more navigable by the blind, the deaf, and people with other physical challenges. Ease of Access exists as its own category.

  • Folder Options: Visited mainly by experienced users, this area lets you tweak how folders look and behave. (To jump quickly to Folder Options, open any folder, click the View tab, and click the Options icon.)

  • Fonts: Here’s where you preview, delete, or examine fonts that spruce up your printed work.

For more information about Windows 8 and its features, explore Windows 8 For Dummies, available online.

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