For Seniors: Change the Color, Font, or Size of Windows Elements

By Nancy C. Muir

You can modify the appearance of Windows 7 elements one by one. For example, you can change the color, font, or size of menus, windows, icons, scrollbars, and other Windows elements.

  1. Right-click the desktop and choose Personalize.

    The Personalization window appears.

  2. Click the Window Color button.

    The Window Color and Appearance dialog box appears.

  3. Click the Advanced Appearance Settings link.

    The Window Color and Appearance dialog box appears.

  4. Select items one by one from the Item drop-down list, and make any changes you wish by using the Size, Color, and Font settings.


    For example, you can change the font style and size of tooltips to make them easier to read. A tooltip is a helpful hint that appears when you move the mouse pointer over an item onscreen.

    Not all screen elements allow you to modify all settings. For example, setting an Application Background doesn’t make the Font setting available — because the application background is the area that sits behind the document window. Makes sense, huh?

    Some colors are easier on the eyes than others. For example, green is more restful to look at than orange. Be sure to choose colors that you feel are pleasant to look at.

  5. Click OK to accept the settings, and then click Save Changes to return to the Personalization window.

  6. Click the Close button to close the Personalization window.

    Your changes are immediately applied.