How to Adjust Appearance and Personalization Settings in Windows 10 - dummies

How to Adjust Appearance and Personalization Settings in Windows 10

By Andy Rathbone

One of the most popular categories of the Windows 10 Control panel settings, Appearance and Personalization lets you change the look, feel, and behavior of Windows 10 in a wide variety of ways.


Inside the category await these six icons:


  • Personalization: Once pay dirt for budding interior designers, this area now contains a lot of shortcut that take you to the Settings app to change the way Windows looks onscreen. A few handy settings still live here, though, including ways to save your window dressing as a theme — a collection of personalization settings. You can also choose a new screen saver. Most personalization settings now live in the Settings app. To jump to the app’s personalization 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. Again, clicking this takes you to the Settings app’s new controls.


  • Taskbar and Navigation: Head here to add program shortcuts to your taskbar, the strip living along your desktop’s bottom edge. (To jump quickly to the taskbar’s Settings window, right-click the taskbar and choose Properties. The window that appears also lets you change your Start menu’s settings.)


  • Ease of Access Center: This shortcut contains settings to make Windows more navigable for the blind, the deaf, and people with other physical challenges.


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


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

Clicking some of the items listed above takes you to a Control Panel setting. On others, clicking brings you to the appropriate control in the Settings app.