Personalization settings in Windows 10

In this post we will see how to personalize your Windows 10 desktop, theme, change the wallpaper, mouse settings, lock screen, window colors, etc. using the Personalization settings.

Personalization settings in Windows 10

The beauty of the Windows operating system is that it lets you personalize and customize your computing experience to quite a big degree. Windows 10 goes further by making things even easier for you.

To personalize your Windows 10 experience, you will have to open Settings. To open the Windows 10 Settings app, in the taskbar search bar type Settings and click on the top result which appears at the Start. Here you will see various settings like System, Devices, Network & Internet, Personalization, Accounts, Time & Language, Ease of Access, Privacy and Update & Security. Select Personalization, to open the following panel.

Personalization settings in Windows 10

Here you will see the following settings – Background, Colors, Lock Screen, Themes, Start, and Taskbar. Let us see what each of them allows us to do.

Background: You can change the wallpaper, set a Picture, a plain color or a slide show as your background. Browse to your image and choose a suitable fit for your screen resolution.

background wallpapper

Colors. You can automatically choose an accent color from your wallpaper or turn the slider to Off and manually select a color for your windows borders. You can show the same color on your taskbar by sliding the Show color on Start, taskbar and action center towards the On position on the right, or you could keep it at Off and show a gray taskbar. You can also opt for transparency here using the Make Start, taskbar and action center transparent slider.

windows colors

High Contrast settings are also offered here. These offer some High Contrast themes for the visually challenged.

high contrast themes


Lock Screen. Choose the picture background that you’d like to set as your Lock Screen and the apps to show the detailed status on it. You can also set the Screen timeout and Screensaver settings here.

lock screen

Themes. Under Themes, you can set the classic themes. You can also customize your sound settings, icon settings an mouse pointer settings. Clicking on any of these links will open the familiar Control Panel applets, which you have been used to in Windows 8.1 and Windows 7.

windows 10 themes

Start. There are various options here, notable among which is the setting which lets you use the full-screen Start when on the desktop. You can also customize the links which you want to place in the quick links list.


Clicking on the Customize list link will take you to the following panel, which will let you add the items you want on your Start. You can see the effect in the black inset image below.

start list

Taskbar. These settings have been added on in later Windows 10 versions and allow you to change your Taskbar appearance.

Have fun personalizing your Windows 10 experience, and let us know if there is any specific setting you’d like to see the operating system offer.

NOTE: Stranded in Sonoma adds below in the comments.

Use the following command line to access all of the theme customizations:

control.exe /NAME Microsoft.Personalization /PAGE pageWallpaper

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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.