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

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.


  • Windows 7 Starter edition comes with one desktop background, which can't be changed or customized.


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.

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 specified period of time. Windows includes a variety of screen savers to choose from. For more information, see Change your screen saver.

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.

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

Desktop gadgets

Desktop gadgets are customizable mini-programs that can display continuously updated information, such as headlines or a slide show, without having to open a new window.

For more information, see Desktop gadgets: frequently asked questions and Customize desktop gadgets.


  • If you upgraded to Windows 7 Home Basic or Windows 7 Starter from a previous version of Windows, you can no longer right-click the desktop to change some appearance settings, such as the desktop background, screen saver, and window color.

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