WINDOWS 10 SETTINGS SUPER GUIDE: GET PERSONAL WITH YOUR PC
PCWorld|January 2022
WINDOWS 10’S PERSONALIZATION SETTINGS LET YOU MAKE A PC YOUR OWN.
IAN PAUL

If there’s one section of Windows 10’s Settings app that could be considered “fun” it would have to be the Personalization section. This is where you get to make your PC yours by setting the background image, choosing a color scheme, and getting the lock screen to behave just the way you like it. Let’s take a look at Settings > Personalization as part of our Windows 10 settings super guide.

1. BACKGROUND

Ever since Windows 95 we’ve been using our desktop’s wallpaper to express a little bit of ourselves in this digital world. These days it’s a lot easier since we don’t have to worry about creating bitmap images, and can instead turn to commonly used .jpeg and .png formats.

Not a whole lot has changed for backgrounds since the ’90s other than the quality of the images going up. You get to pick between three options for your background: Picture, Solid color, and Slideshow. If you choose Picture you can either select some of the built-in images, or click the Browse button to choose an image from your files.

Slideshow has a similar approach. By default, the slideshow just uses whatever pictures are inside your Pictures library, or you can choose a specific folder on your PC— Settings calls it an album. The Slideshow setting offers the option to change the picture at varying intervals from one minute to once a day. You can also choose a shuffle mode if you don’t want the images displayed in order, and there’s an option to decide whether you want the slideshow to run on battery power. Finally, you can choose how the images will be displayed, such as fill, fit, stretch, tile, center, and so on.

If you choose to set a solid color as your background, you can pick from Windows’ standard options, or you can create a custom color using the built-in color picker.

2. COLORS

Once you’ve got the background set, you can set the colors to match. At the top is a drop-down menu item called “Choose your color” with three options including Light, Dark, and Custom. The first two are very similar. Once you choose between a predominantly light or dark option, use an on/off slider to choose whether you want to employ transparency effects. This allows some portions of the interface, such as the Start menu, to be slightly transparent with the application windows behind blurred.

Underneath that, you can choose an accent color or create your own by clicking Custom Color below the built-in options. These accent colors are for Windows title bars and other portions of the interface. If you don’t want to choose your own color, you can allow Windows 10 to do it based on your color scheme, and the operating system usually does a pretty good job of this.

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