How to change Theme, Lock Screen & Wallpaper in Windows 10

The best thing about the Windows operating system that it lets you customize and tweak it to the fullest extent. Microsoft always offers a decent range of personalization capabilities in its operating system. In this post, we will learn about how to change the theme, lock screen and desktop background or wallpaper in Windows 10.

To begin customizing Windows 10, head over to your desktop, right-click on it and click on Personalize. Personalization Settings allows you to change the background colors and accent, lock screen image, wallpaper and themes on your PC.

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How to change Theme in Windows 10

In the Personalization settings, click on Themes and then on Classic Theme Settings.

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This will take you to the Classic Theme Settings in Control Panel where you can see three default themes and four high contrast themes which are purposely designed for night usage and those with challenges. Select the desired theme and click on Save Theme. You can also create new Windows themes if you wish to.theme settings Windows 10 3

Not only can you select the desired theme for your PC, but you can also get some more themes online. Clicking on Get More Theme Online will take you to the official website of Microsoft, which has an extensive collection of interactive and creative themes in different categories. Browse the categories and download the desired theme.

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The download time will depend on the theme size and your internet connection of course. After it is downloaded on your PC, just open it and follow the instructions to install and apply it.

How to change Wallpaper in Windows 10

Go to Personalization and click on Background to change the wallpaper of your Windows 10 PC. Select your favorite picture from the gallery. You can also choose a Fit for the picture. Microsoft offers an extensive collection of Windows 10 Wallpapers on its website and if you want you can download some and set them on your PC.

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If you wish to set any image or photograph as your desktop background, right-click on it, as you have always done, and click on Set as desktop background. To let Windows 10 change your wallpaper automatically, select Slideshow from the drop-down menu of Background and set the desired folder with your images.

Read: Where are Wallpapers and Lock Screen images stored in Windows 10.

How to change Lock Screen in Windows 10

You can change the lock screen image here too. Click on Lock Screen tab and choose your picture. You can set one of the built-in ones, or you can browse and select your own image as lock screen. You can also set your photographs here as the lock screen images.

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While here, you can also customize the Windows 10 Start Menu.

Have fun customizing Windows 10!

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.


  1. Jurgen Mitchell

    I have 3 monitors, all 3 show a different wallpaper, how do I make them all them same in windows 10

  2. Use the same Microsoft account on all 3 and ensure Sync settings are enabled.

  3. Attention to detail

    This didn’t answer his question. Read it again… 3 monitors, one computer. The person wants the same wallpaper on all the monitors to match.

  4. Dave

    Go to Settings, Display, click the Monitor you want to choose in the box, towards the bottom there is Multiple displays choice, open the drop-down and click: Extend desktop to this display.

  5. ??????? ??????

    how to use only one picture from theme for desktop beckground, on win 7 it was easy, just open theme and choose picture, but here i can’t find way how to do it

  6. BilboBaggns

    How do I change the timing of changing background in my themes?

  7. mohammed

    freakign love win 10

  8. Riviera

    Lovin’ some Windows 7 Ultimate. It is true that you can’t change Windows update settings in 10 right?

  9. Kannag Don Amenra

    How do I change the timing of changing background in my themes?

  10. Jami Jones

    I need this information as well

  11. Lavinia

    really not sure why some MS smartass+s took out settings for how often you when the images in theme to change, the sound settings as well as the screen saver settings that were previously nicely available on the same place and are now nowhere to be found.. shame on windows 10
    DO NOT FIX IT IF ITS NOT BROKEN somebody should tell them that!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. Cocde

    I really want to know how I can edit the themes I download and also how to make it so one screen always shows one image while the other always shows A different image, I do not want a slide show of any kind. help would be appreciated.

  13. confused guy

    why does it always change back to a default image from a slideshow of my choice?? plz help

  14. jr conklin

    have been uncommonly patient, am usually a lightening-swift learner; but i hate HATE H-A-T-E truly despise windows 10. microsoft has always been nasty about playing well with others, but this one takes the cake. it’s as if a buncha bored code-geeks got together and said, “hey, let’s take the handful of components that actually work in windows, dumb ’em down to the point any sensible person is forever mystified, then muck it up some more! that’ll screw up our captive public!” turns out they’re real good at that.

  15. Jacqueline Cotton

    I have two monitors attached, but the system only detects one. Why?

  16. Navi

    can I edit a synced theme? I really want to add and remove wallpapers without deleting all of them and starting over.

  17. Navi

    this doesnt help me at all. How do I add more pictures to the same theme WITHOUT going online and getting a new one. I dont want a generic background with stupid things like flowers. What if I want my pet, my grandchildren, and all this other stuff in one theme with the fill setting on changing every 10 seconds? how do I do that?

  18. Navi

    ikr, I dont even know how to work this bull anymore. Im not even old im just confused. If youre confusing the new generation you might as well shut down the windows project because, in attempting to simplify it, they’ve just made it more confusing. Might as well just use windows vista.

  19. Navi

    Have fun customizing windows ten my butthoel its like you’re trying to confuse loyal customers.

  20. Navi

    I also like how the ms guy answers one comment in the thread and not any of the other ones. Like, hello!

  21. Navi

    Its really confusing but if youre an IT guy or work at windows you should be able to meagerly find it out.

  22. Navi

    Sorry to tell you but you’re not helping very much. We’re expecting a direct answer from an ms guy, and we’re just not getting one. Themes are confusing windows 10 and it sure seems like you’ve been ignoring all the questions. Not just mine, but other people’s too. Sure, you’ve answered one other comment but thats not answering everyones questions. It would be nice to figure this out so I can get on with everything else.

  23. Navi

    And I do understand that you’re one guy, but I mean, come on, there has to be some other staff or something. And if theres not, then we’re screwed cuz you might not even see this.

  24. I am not an ‘ms guy’. I am like you. An end-user Windows user and enthusiast. I am not on any MS payroll. 🙂

  25. kostas

    same as windows 8.1

  26. kostas

    when the windows 10 lock screen will be ready to use..??? they sending feedbacks but still is not enabled…no notifications no nothing…

  27. Riviera

    I’m finding that Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc) is the answer to most of my questions. On Windows 10 now, and gpedit so far hasn’t let me down.

  28. animelists

    i have a pc, and a laptop, when i switch it on one, it automatically changes the other, how do i stop that?

  29. FaveTutorials

    Every TIme I Try And CHange It Nothing Happens It Stays Where I Upgraded From Windows 10 and it stays as my windows 8.1 backround it won t let me change it

  30. Mohammad Abdullah Shah

    There is no option of “desktop background” in personalization section of windows 10.

  31. Handsome Jack

    My theme is stuck. It will not change despite clicking on a new theme. My lockscreen is blank green. My computer is not synced to another.

  32. Yash Anchalia

    there are many photos inside the theme.i have installed the theme.when i select the theme only the 1st photo selected as wallpaper.i am not able to select other photos in the theme.i wanted to know how to select other photos inside the theme???

  33. Jim Beck

    I have followed directions for changing my desktop wallpaper, but the change never seems to get applied. The old wallpaper persists. What am I doing wrong?

  34. Jo Ellen

    “Play around” and “regedit” should NEVER be used in the same sentence. Regedit is used to edit the windows registry. And if you don’t know what you are doing you could accidentally delete something important. Like the windows shell for instance.

  35. JESSurfing

    I have found that if I put my computer in sleep mode, (not safe mode), and keeping it in the sleep mode for a few minutes, the option to choose new spotlight images appears. One can choose which photo they want. I have tried this three times today, Saturday, June 3, 2017, and it has worked every single time. I learned this by pure accident. I have never found this information anywhere on the Internet. May this be helpful to those who enjoy spotlight images! <3


    I have successful to change my wallpapers on desktop. Thank you very much. Instruction is very clear on my email

  37. Teh Siew Yee

    My desktop has wallpapers in internet now but it has no “Like what you see” words. How can I add it?

  38. Teh Siew Yee

    Without “Like what you see”words I can’t choose the wallpapers.

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