Are you still looking at the default wallpaper every time you boot into your Windows machine? It may be time to spruce things up a little… Windows 7 comes with some great theme options that you can edit and customise to your heart’s content, and it doesn’t take long to do at all. Here are some great, easy ways that you can customise your Windows desktop!
Getting to the personalisation window in Windows 7 is as simple as possible. Simply right click on your desktop and select the ‘Personalize’ option to be taken to tweak central in the Control Panel (it’s not actually called Tweak Central, but that would be a very awesome name for the Windows 8 version…).
In this window, you can choose a default theme before you begin to modify it to suit you. I’ll begin tweaking the United Kingdom theme, purely out of patriotism, but you can choose any that you like. All of the personalisation options are listed beneath the theme selection part of the window, at the bottom. Desktop backgrounds are normally a good place to start, so select that option.
You will be given a selection of wallpapers which have been built in to Windows, but if you’d like to use more personal photos or just use a picture of the English flag that you have readily available in your ‘Pictures’ folder to go with the United Kingdom theme, then select ‘Pictures library’ from the ‘Picture location’ drop-down list and choose whatever pictures you wish to use. Whichever shots are selected will be rotated in a slideshow, and automatically change on your desktop so you don’t get bored with the same wallpaper! When you’re done, save your changes and you’ll be taken back to the previous window.
If you hate the default sound set that comes with Windows, or just fancy a change, then you can alter any alert sounds by clicking the ‘Sound’ option next to the option you just clicked to go the window colour screen. There are a number of sound schemes available, so just go through them all and see which you like best. I personally prefer the default set over most of the other options, but everyone’s opinion will be different on this so take a look for yourself.
Finally, if you want to use a screensaver on your computer, then you can set this by clicking on the option in the main themes window back in Control Panel. You will be able to choose from a whole host of default options, and even define your own 3D text if you’d like to, although it doesn’t look like this screensaver has been improved since it was first introduced years ago.
Of course, these tweaks barely touch the surface of things that you can do to make Windows your own, but hopefully, you can start from the bottom and work your way up! If you want to dive a little deeper into this area, then take a look at our how-to guide on creating a Windows 7 theme. Let us know how you get on in the comments and have fun tweaking!
Hoping to study Computer Science at University in the near future, you’ll seldom see John without a computer in touching distance! His interests include building computers, reading all sorts of literature and of course writing for Zath to keep you updated on all the latest in the world of tech! You can follow John on Twitter as @british_geek.