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.

start-windows-10-customize

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 TheWindowsClub.com, 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.

15 Comments

  1. mgs4real

    They took away the theme setting that allows you to customize how often you want the theme image to change – anywhere from a few minutes to, for instance, once daily. We want it back. We want to be able to control how often the theme image to switch to the next image. They also took away the option to “Shuffle.” I don’t personally really care about whether it can be set to :”shuffle” or not….but hey! they took it away ! Give us our customization options back, please. Shoot it’s bad enough that when I installed Windows 10 all my Norton saved passwords in my Identity Vault DISAPPEARED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My daughter said – geez mom didn’t you write your passwords down on paper? REALLY????????

  2. Hümayun Ökhtar

    Agree with you that was very sneaky of them

  3. SpectreVantage

    I can’t for the life of me figure out how to get rid of that hideous yellow color and glow surrounding all my windows, tabs, text boxes etc. It’s awful. Can’t change colors or create a detailed theme. What am I missing. This level of personalization is abysmal. Background color or picture just doesn’t cut it.

  4. Josh Tolsma

    I’m struggling to find a button that allows me to create a new theme. Either that also is gone or I’m missing something major

  5. Stranded in Sonoma

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

    control.exe /NAME Microsoft.Personalization /PAGE pageWallpaper

    Just use the Windows Key – R to open a run box and paste that in. You can also create a batch file to run this for you so you don’t have to look up the command every time you want to set your theme properties.

  6. Katie Lynn

    OMG, thank you so much! This has been driving me crazy for days! You are a lifesaver!!

  7. Jayashan Saff

    yes….it’s very bad …..we can’t select photos in themes what we want.we can’t change of image change time.

    old windows are very user friendly but now they Conversions to WORSE.

  8. Jayashan Saff

    thank you so much!

  9. Tomás

    THANK YOU!!!! you made my day 🙂

  10. Fosco

    Thank you so much ‘Stranded in Sonoma’ for the post on how to get to the Desktop Background Control Panel. What I would like to know is how did you ever find that? Just thinking out loud here – Why would Microsoft ever hide such a thing? Makes no sense. Anyway, thanks again!

  11. Fosco

    Thank you so much for the post on how to get to the Desktop Background Control Panel. What I would like to know is how did you ever find that? Just thinking out loud here – Why would Microsoft ever hide such a thing? Makes no sense. Anyway, thanks again!

  12. Go Kevin

    Resistance is Futile.
    microsoft says you will conform and have crappy themes.
    90% of us would like to change the theme to a duller shade the whites are too bright. knock it down to 200 x3 or even as low as 120 x3 (grey colours)
    they have also stopped uxstyle crack working 15063.138
    Even the background on here is too white, Anand any chance you can tone it down a bit? 5 to 10% grey is nice on the eyes.

  13. Get Away

    They removed it. Why?

  14. Get Away

    How do I change the theme of my UI in Windows 10? They removed it and I really hate the crappy current interface on my computer.

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