You can add a personal touch to your computer by changing the computer's colors, sounds, desktop background, screen saver, font size, user account picture, and theme. You can also decide which gadgets you want to appear on Windows Sidebar.


You can change the color of windows, window borders, title bars, menus, the desktop, and more. For more information, see Change colors on your computer.


You can change the sound your computer makes when you receive e‑mail, start Windows, or shut down your computer. For more information, see Change computer sounds.

Desktop background

The desktop background, also called wallpaper, is a picture or design on the desktop. It provides a backdrop to your open windows. For more information, see Change your desktop background (wallpaper).

Screen saver

A screen saver is a picture or animation that appears on the screen when you haven't used the mouse or keyboard for a set period of time. Windows includes a variety of screen savers to choose from. For more information, see Change screen saver.

You can also create a personalized screen saver by displaying selected pictures and videos as a slide show.

To use pictures as a slide show

  1. Open Screen Saver Settings by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking Appearance and Personalization, clicking Personalization, and then clicking Screen Saver.

  2. Click the Screen saver list, and then click Photos.

  3. Click Settings to choose which pictures you want in your slide show and other options. After you make your changes, click Save.

  4. Click OK.

Font size

You can make the text, icons, and other items on your screen easier to see by increasing the dots per inch (DPI) scale to make them larger. You can also decrease the DPI scale to make text and other items on your screen smaller, so that more information fits on the screen. For more information, see Make the text on your screen larger or smaller.

User account picture

A user account picture helps identify your account on a computer. The picture is displayed on the Welcome screen and on the Start menu. You can change your user account picture to one of the pictures included with Windows, or you can use your own picture.

Picture of an account picture on the Start menu
An account picture on the Start menu

For more information, see Choose a picture for your user account and Start menu.


A theme is a collection of visual elements that can affect the style of windows, icons, fonts, colors, and sometimes sounds. You can search for themes online, or you can buy them in theme packs at stores that sell software that is compatible with Windows. For more information, see Change desktop theme.

Windows Sidebar

Windows Sidebar provides a way to organize the information, games, and tasks that you want to access quickly without cluttering your workspace. It's made up of gadgets, which are customizable mini-programs that can display continuously updated headlines, a picture slide show, contacts, and more, all without having to open a new window.

Picture of Windows Sidebar and gadgets
Windows Sidebar and gadgets

For more information, see Windows Sidebar: frequently asked questions and Customize Windows Sidebar.