Appearance and Personalization

Tutorials and downloads about personalizing the look and feel of Windows 7 and Windows 8.

How to Enable, Change or Disable Email Signatures in Windows Phone

emailEach time you send an email using your Windows Phone, it goes out with a standard signature saying "Sent from my Windows Phone"? You might not want to use a signature at all or you may want to use a different signature. In this tutorial we will share how to disable the email signature completely, how to change it to a different one and how to enable it back when you need to use a signature.

How to Install, Remove and Hide Fonts in Windows 7 & Windows 8.1

FontsWhen you are looking for something to make a document or presentation more interesting, the solution can sometimes be a new font. Although Windows 7 and 8.1 come with a wide range of fonts, you can find many websites that offer fonts, either free or for purchase which can spruce things up a bit. After you download a font you will have to install it and, when you don't need it any more, you will want to remove it or just hide it. Therefore, in this article, you will learn how to install, remove or hide a font.

How to Customize the Taskbar in Windows 7 & Windows 8.1

TaskbarMicrosoft made some great improvements in the taskbar with Windows 7, making it much more versatile and useful than the taskbar in previous versions. Although there weren't nearly as many changes between Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 because they got it so nearly right the first time, there are a few things that have changed to complement Windows 8.1's new ways of doing things. Here's how to customize the taskbar in both operating systems:

8 Unique Start Screen Designs That You Can Create Only in Windows Phone

Start screenOne of the most innovative aspects of Windows Phone is the Start screen and the fact that you can easily create your own, unique Start screen. If you look on smartphones with Android and iOS, they tend to look very similar and most users don't even bother to customize the way shortcuts and widgets are displayed. In Windows Phone, if you spend a bit of time to customize the Start screen, you can create some amazing designs that really stand out. To inspire you to create your own designs, we have published this collection of 8 designs. Check it out and share your own designs in the comments.

How to Change the Wallpapers & Data Shown on the Windows 8.1 Lock Screen

personalizationThe Lock Screen in Windows 8 operating systems is the screen displayed when you lock your device or when it locks automatically, because you haven't been using it for a while. In Windows 8.1 you can choose to have the Lock Screen display an image, useful information from different apps or a slide-show with several images. You can add photos of you, your family, your favorite places or everything you like. In this tutorial I'm going to show how to customize the Lock Screen in Windows 8.1.

How to Resize, Move or Unpin Tiles on the Start Screen in Windows Phone 8

start screenWe all know how important it is to be able to personalize your smartphone and if there's one area where Windows Phone stands out, it is its customizability. In this operating system you can pin, resize, move or unpin any app or shortcut you want, so that you can truly make the Start screen your own. In this tutorial we will share how to resize the tiles on the Start screen, move them around and unpin them when you no longer wish to use them.

How to Customize the Tiles Displayed on Your Windows 8.1 Start Screen

start screenThe Start screen is an important concept in the Windows 8 operating systems. While it may have its share of issues, the principles behind it are good. Also, with each new version of Windows 8, the user experience has been improved. For example, in Windows 8.1 Update 1 Microsoft has further tweaked the way you customize the Start screen. Therefore we decided to share how to customize the Start screen in the latest version of Windows 8.1, on both classic PCs and devices with touch.

How to Pin Anything to Your Windows Phone's Start Screen

startWindows Phone users know and appreciate the fact that this operating system offers a very highly customizable Start screen to which you can pin just about anything. Even our team did not realize just how many things can be pinned to it until we tried writing this article. Read it and learn how to pin: apps, games, contacts, groups, chat rooms, Office documents and locations, OneNote notebooks, websites, email folders, maps, music, playlists, videos and photo albums. This is a long list, isn't it?

How to Customize the Background & Tiles Colors in Windows Phone 8

visual customizationVisual customization is one of the most important things a user wants when using any device, including a smartphone. Windows Phone 8 has a very different approach to visual customization from other mobile operating systems and it allows users to change both the background color used by the operating system as well as the accent color used to display tiles and shortcuts. Here's how to change the look and feel of your Windows Phone device:

Uncovering Artists Through Windows Themes – Miguel Santos

Miguel SantosMiguel Santos's photographs are full of Brazil's luscious and at times solitary fauna, enveloped in mists and vivid colors, remnants of a dark forgotten wilderness. Originally from Portugal, Miguel is currently based in Santa Catarina, Brazil. He works in graphic design and marketing as a freelancer, but photography has gradually seeped into it, turning his beloved hobby into a semi-professional activity. He loves traveling and hiking and particularly enjoys visiting lesser known regions where he can immerse himself in the surrounding nature, meet travelers like himself and capture his experiences through the viewfinder. He values friends and family above all things and human connections are indispensable to him. To find out more about Miguel and see the haunting Brazilian landscapes he has shared with us through his Windows themes, check out his interview below.

How to Change the Brightness on a Windows 8.1 Tablet Like the Surface

screenRecently, I bought a Surface Pro 2 tablet and one of the first dilemmas I had was about changing the brightness of the screen. How do you do that in Windows 8 or Windows 8.1, since there are no hardware buttons for this task available on the device? Apparently, the procedure involved is very easy and it involves only a few taps.

How to Customize Mouse Cursors/Pointers in Windows 7 & Windows 8

mouseHave you ever wanted to change your mouse pointers from the default scheme? Perhaps you want cursors that are larger or that are less of a strain on your eyes. If so, we have some good news: this article will show how to customize your mouse cursors in Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 to suit your own preferences. It will also show how to delete mouse pointer schemes you don't want to use anymore. Got you interested? Let's start!