How to Jazz Up Your Boring Windows 10 Desktop Theme | News & Opinion

Is your Windows 10 desktop looking a bit bland? You can spruce it up with a fresh paint job—including new wallpaper, colors, and a new mouse cursor—by applying a theme, which offers backgrounds, interface colors, cursors, and even sounds all in one shot.

In the latest version of Windows 10, namely the Creators Update, you can make your own custom themes and download an array of special themes from the Microsoft Store. Let’s check it out.

First, make sure you’re running the Windows 10 Creators Update, which rolled out in April. To check, right-click the Start button. If you see the Settings command in the menu, you have it. If you see Control Panel in the menu, you’re still running the prior flavor of Windows and need to install the Creators Update, which you can do from the Windows Update screen in Settings.

Now you can try creating a theme. Right-click on the desktop and from the pop-up menu, click on the “Personalize” command. At the Personalization window, click on the Themes setting. The window shows your current desktop background, color, sounds, and mouse cursor.

To change those various attributes, click on the background option and choose a background image for your desktop.

Go back to Themes and click on the Colors option. Choose an Accent color for your background, which can be based on your background or something different.

You can also concoct your own custom color. Click on the Custom Color button and choose a custom accent color from the palette. Click Done.

Scroll down the Colors screen. You can opt to give your colors a transparent effect; show accent colors on the Start menu or screen, the taskbar, Action Center, and Title Bars; and choose a light or dark mode.

Return to Themes. Click on the Sounds option. From the Sounds window, you can change the default sounds for various Windows events and programs. You can also opt to hear the Windows Startup sound. Click OK when done.

Swing back to Themes. Click on the Mouse Cursor option. At the…

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