Windows is a highly customizable operating system. If you are looking to personalize your laptop or desktop, follow these tips to make your computer your own.
To choose a theme, head to Settings, then Personalization, then Themes. You can create your own customized theme here by changing things like the background, accent color, the type of mouse cursor you have and notification sounds.
When you have chosen your theme, you can save it. The really cool part is that if you have the same Microsoft account saved on other devices, your theme will sync to these too. If you’d like to download a pre-made theme, select “Get more themes in Microsoft Store” in the personalization section.
Customize the Start Screen
Customizing the Start Menu is a lot more fun and easy to do in Windows 10. To do this you can head to Settings, then Personalization, then Start. You can choose to “Use Full Screen.” This will make the Start Menu take over the entire screen, much like Windows 8.
You can also hide the list of apps, show most-used and recently used apps, and you can choose to show more tiles.
You can also decide to change what folders and options that show up on the left side of the start menu. You can add Settings, File Explorer, and frequently used folders like Downloads, Videos, Documents, or more.
Additionally, you can make Start menu tiles larger or smaller and arrange them how you’d like. To do this right click any tile, choose Resize, then pick the size you want. This will make your Start menu clean, and you can access your pinned apps more efficiently.
Finally, you can create tile groups. You could group together productivity apps, music apps, or more. Simply drag and drop your tiles together into an empty area. If you hover your mouse above the tile group, you will see that you can give the group a name. If you want to move the group, hold the side and drag and drop.
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Customize the Touchpad
If you have a laptop that has a Precision Touchpad, you can create touchpad gestures to improve your ability to multitask when you are using your computer.
To change the touchpad settings, head to Settings, then Devices, the Touchpad.
You’ll see all of the customizations you can apply to your gestures on the touchpad of your Windows. One example is changing the sensitivity of the touchpad. You can disable the touchpad as well when you connect a mouse, which will save you some battery.
You can also choose three fingers or four-finger gestures to behave like a mouse scroll wheel or a button that can play or pause.
Change the Boot Screen
Setting up a custom boot screen is a really cool customization screen. Historically, Microsoft never admitted you can do this. Nowadays, you can change your boot logo if you have Windows 10 Pro or Windows Enterprise. You can access a custom boot screen by searching for Unbranded Boot.
Not all of us have Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise. In fact, most of us have Windows 10 Home. You can still customize your boot screen with help from a third-party program. One program you can use is called HackBGRT; you can use this to change your boot logo.
To do this, disable Secure Boot on your Windows. Extract the program files into a folder, then run the file “Setup.” A command prompt will open. Enter “I” to change your boot logo. Close the text file, and Paint will open with the HackBGRT splash screen. Here, you can add your own image using “Paste From” and choosing your custom picture. Click save in Paint, close the program, and your custom boot logo will be applied.
Set Custom Keyboard Shortcuts
You can set custom keyboard shortcuts in Windows 10. You can do this by opening up a command prompt window. Run it as an administrator. Type in explorer shell: AppsFolder and hit Enter. You will see a window with a list of all of your apps. Right click an app and choose to Create Shortcut.
A shortcut icon will appear on your desktop. Right click on the new shortcut icon, and choose Properties. Enter a key combination that is CTRL + ALT + a letter or number.
Now that you know some ways to personalize Windows, go ahead and make it your own. The custom keyboard shortcuts offer almost unlimited options. You can Google custom windows shortcuts for inspiration. We hope you have enjoyed this guide to Windows customization and have found it useful.