How to Customize the Windows 8.1 Interface

If you like to be in control, you're going to love Windows 8.1! There simply has never been another computer operating system that's so easy to customize. You could spend days playing with different settings and probably still not run out of options.

1

Swipe in from the lower right or upper right corner to display the charms.

Depending on whether you're using a touchscreen or a mouse, you may need to practice this motion a few times before you become comfortable with it.

2

Click the Settings option to continue.

After you click Settings, you'll see a number of options.

3

Click the Personalize option.

On the Personalize screen you can choose a background image, a background color, and an accent color. When you have finished making your selections, click the back arrow to save your changes and return to the Settings screen.

4

Click the Change PC settings option.

The PC settings screen provides you access to the most common settings that you're likely to want to adjust as you customize your Windows 8.1 PC.

5

Click PC & devices.

Many of the options on the PC & devices screen were formerly found in the Control Panel, but now they're easily accessible on a single screen.

6

Choose your Lock Screen Settings.

You can choose a static background image or, if you prefer, you can turn on the Slide show option to have the lock screen show your pictures. In addition, you can specify apps that you want to appear on the lock screen. Of course, any apps you add to the lock screen should be ones that use live tiles to display information.

7

Click the Corners & edges option.

Here you can choose settings for switching between apps and also what happens when you click the upper right or upper left corner.

8

Click the Power & sleep option.

The settings enable you to choose when your screen turns off and if you want to have your PC go to sleep after a specified period of time.

If your PC goes to sleep, none of your apps will run while the PC is sleeping, so you won't receive any e-mail messages until your PC wakes up again.

After you've finished making your PC & devices choices, click the back arrow to return to the PC settings screen.

9

Click the Ease of Access option.

The Ease of Access options are very useful for anyone who has difficulty using a PC. For example, you can use the Narrator to hear what is being displayed on the screen.

Did this glimpse into customizing the Windows 8.1 interface leave you longing for more information and insight about Microsoft's personal computing operating system? You're free to test drive any of the For Dummies eLearning courses. Pick your course (you may be interested in more from Windows 8.1), fill out a quick registration, and then give eLearning a spin with the Try It! button. You'll be right on course for more trusted know how: The full version's also available at Windows 8.1.

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