Appearance and Personalization

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

When Is Each Sound From A Windows Sound Scheme Played?

soundA few days ago, one of our readers asked us an interesting question: "is there a place where I can check when does a Windows sound play?". While we have shown how to customize the sound scheme in Windows, we did not talk about when each system sound is played. That's why we decided to answer this question and detail when each system sound is played by Windows. Let's get started:

Why Are There Two Desktop.ini Files On My Desktop & What Do They Do?

filesIf you've set Windows to display all the files on your computer, including those that are hidden and those that are protected by the operating system, you will notice on your Desktop two hidden Desktop.ini files. Why are there 2 files with the same name on your Desktop? How can that be? What purpose do they serve? In this article we will shed some light on this matter, so read on to find the answers you seek.

Enhance The Lock Screen Of Your Windows Phone With Live Lock Screen

Lock ScreenThe Windows Phone operating system has a beautiful lock screen that can be customized to add both notifications and useful information. However, for some people its customization options are not enough and they want even more personalization. That's why Microsoft has released a beta version of their Live Lock Screen app for Windows Phone 8.1 This app replaces the default lock screen with a new one that can customized in multiple ways. Let's take an in-depth look at the Live Lock Screen app, learn how it works and how to configure it.

5 Locations From Where You Can Download Icons For Free

shortcutPersonalizing the icons of your shortcuts can be a great way to make your computer look better and unique. You can replace the icons for those boring folders you have seen for so many years and others will admire how well organized and good looking is your Desktop. But where do you find good looking icon sets? There are a staggering number of websites that offer free icons for download and some of them are rather dodgy. To help you out, we have checked several locations and now we are ready to share the 5 best websites where you can download icons, for free.

How To Change the Default Screenshots Folder Location in Windows

File ExplorerTaking screenshots of your screen is a feature that has been around for a very long time. By default, Windows saves your screenshots in the Screenshots folder, found in your Pictures library. While this location works for most people, most of the time, you may want to change the location of your Screenshots folder. In this tutorial we will show how it's done.

How To Create & Use Live Folders On Your Windows Phone's Start Screen

Start screenWindows Phone users always asked for a way to create folders on their Start screen. Depending on the smartphone they had, some users could use apps that were designed to offer this feature. However, these apps were only available for Nokia and Samsung smartphones while smartphones made by other manufacturers did not have any apps available. Luckily, with Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1, Microsoft has introduced Live Folders for all Windows Phone devices. With them, you will be able to better organize your Start screen and create your own live folders, no matter of the smartphone you are using. Here's how this feature works:

How To Change the Icon of Any Shortcut in Windows

shortcutEverybody wants to add a personal touch to their computer. Some change the wallpaper or the Windows theme, others add all kinds of gadgets and apps. You've done all that, but you may feel like it's not enough. Maybe some of your programs have some ugly icons or you don't want to see those boring folders anymore. In this article we will show how you can change the icons of your shortcuts and make them look better.

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.

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