What is a theme?

A theme is a combination of pictures, colors, and sounds on your computer. It includes a desktop background, a screen saver, a window border color, and a sound scheme. Some themes might also include desktop icons and mouse pointers.

Watch this video to learn more about themes (1:31)

Windows comes with several themes. You can choose an Aero theme to personalize your computer, the Windows 7 Basic theme if your computer is performing slowly, or a high-contrast theme to make the items on your screen easier to see. Click a theme to apply it to your desktop.

Open Personalization by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, and then clicking Control Panel. In the search box, type personalization, and then click Personalization.

You can also change a theme's pictures, color, and sounds individually to create a customized theme. For more information, see Create a theme.

Picture of the parts of a theme
A theme includes a desktop background, a window color, sounds, and a screen saver.

You can find more themes to add to your collection in the Personalization Gallery on the Windows website.