How to customize Windows 8: Driven by curiosity to try this new operating system, you too have decided to switch to Windows 8 . You are better than expected with the new Start Screen and Windows Phone-style menus, but now you would like to give a personal touch to everything and change the look of the operating system. Can you? Of course, and today I’m here to explain how to do it.
If you want some advice on how to customize the appearance of the Windows Start Screen, change the graphic theme of the Desktop and make other elements of the system more appealing, such as the lock screen, you just have to keep reading. Here’s how to customize Windows 8 in detail.
Let’s start by seeing how to customize Windows 8 in its center, the much-talked Start Screen that has taken the place of the Start menu. If you want to change the position of the tiles (called tiles ) present on the screen, all you have to do is select them with the mouse and drag them to the position of the Start Screen you prefer. By moving a tile to the far right of the screen (where there are no more tiles), a new group of apps will be created. To rename the groups of applications you create, press the [-] button located at the bottom right, then right click on the group to be renamed and press the Assign group name button that appears at the bottom.
You can also change the size of the tiles on the Start screen, by right-clicking on it and selecting the Larger or Smaller item from the menu that appears, and deactivate the animated tiles (e.g. weather, photos, etc.) by clicking with the right mouse button on them and clicking on the Disable animated box button located at the bottom. To remove a tile from the Start Screen, right-click on it and select the Remove from Start option from the menu located at the bottom of the screen.
Do you want to change the color and background theme of the Start Screen? Nothing could be simpler. Call up the Windows 8 Charms Bar by positioning the mouse cursor in the upper or lower right corner of the screen and click first on Settings and then on Change PC settings . In the screen that opens, select the Customization item from the left sidebar, click on the Start screen and select the theme and color of the Start Screen using the boxes located at the bottom. It’s very easy, however you can have more information on how to customize the Windows 8 Start screen by reading my guide on how to use Windows 8 .
Now let’s see how to customize Windows 8 in the Desktop environment, although in this case the differences are very few compared to Windows 7 and Vista. For example, if you want to change the graphic theme used for the wallpaper and the colors of the windows, all you have to do is right-click on an empty spot on the desk and select the Customize item from the menu that appears. In the window that opens, click on the theme you want to apply to your Windows and you’re done.
You can also manually change the colors of the windows and the taskbar, by clicking on the item Color located at the bottom and download new themes compared to those included by default in the operating system by visiting the gallery set up by Microsoft and choosing the themes you like most. Just open them to apply them, and they are all free.
As in previous versions of the operating system, moreover, you can easily modify Desktop wallpaper , Sounds and Screen savers by clicking on the appropriate icons contained in the Personalize Desktop menu . I believe there is no need for further explanation on this front.
Finally, let’s see how to change the background image on the lock screen (the operating system unlock screen) and profile photos for your user account. All you have to do is place the mouse cursor in the upper or lower right corner of the screen and click first on Settings and then on Change PC settings in the bar that appears on the right.
In the screen that opens, click on the Lock screen item to select one of the many wallpapers available for the Windows 8 lock screen or click Browse to choose a personalized image among those you have saved on your PC.
To change the image of the user profile, instead, go to the Account image section of the control panel and click on Browse to select your photo previously saved on the PC or on Camera to take a photo in real time using the computer’s webcam. Now you can say you have a custom Windows 8!