Appearance and Personalization

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

How To Create An Animated GIF Using Your Own Pictures, With GIMP

GIF, animateIn one of our recent Tech Lolz articles, we had a really good laugh about a guy who tried to make an animated GIF using a single picture and Paint. But to create any kind of animation, you need at least two different images, so that when you render them one after the other you get an animated sequence. Today, we thought it would be a good idea to show you an easy way of creating your own animated GIF file, with your own pictures, using a free application called GIMP. Let's dive in:

How To Create, Use And Remove Virtual Desktops In Windows 10

Desktops, Windows 10If you used a Mac or a Linux computer in the past, then you know that these operating systems offer multiple virtual Desktops. If you're a Windows user, you never had this choice without installing specialized apps and drivers. However, things are changing and Windows 10 is the first Windows ever to include multiple virtual Desktops. That means you can create and use more than one Desktop on your device. It's a pretty handy feature that allows you to better organize your tasks. Furthermore, if you don't have a dual (or multi) monitor setup, you'll find this feature even more useful. As this is a new feature for Windows users, we thought it would be a good thing if we'd show you how you can create, use and remove virtual Desktops in Windows 10. Let's start:

How To Create A Screensaver With IrfanView, In Windows

The quest to find good screensavers seems to be quite daunting these days because either you cannot find something you like or the things you find are full of malware. So, let us show you a different direction, in which we will help you create a great screensaver with your own photos. Not long ago, we showed you how easy it is to use Windows Photo Gallery to create a slideshow as a screensaver. But, in Windows, it is also possible to create a personalized screensaver with the help of a free image viewer application named IrfanView. The added bonus of this application is the fact that you can save the slideshow as a standalone screensaver that will work on other computers. Keep on reading and learn how to create your very own screensaver.

How To Change The Device Display Language In Android

Android LanguageUndoubtedly, Android is the most popular operating system on the planet for smartphones and tablets . It is currently powering all sorts of devices and appliances, from media players, TVs or personal computers to watches, microwave ovens or fridges. One of the byproducts to this world-wide presence of Android in our lives is the need for its users to be able to switch the display language in which they use their personal devices to their native language. Luckily, most (if not all) Android smartphones and tablets offer this feature straight from the box. In the following article, we'll describe the procedure you need to follow to change the display language of any Android device to any other language you desire.

How To Use & Configure The Glance Screen On Windows Phone Lumias

Glance ScreenThe Glance screen is a feature that has been available for a while on almost every Nokia Lumia and Microsoft Lumia smartphone. It was first introduced by Nokia to its Lumia lineup running Windows Phone 8, back in the summer of 2013. Essentially, Glance lets you set your Lumia to display various information on its screen, even when the smartphone is in standby. This is a pretty neat feature, as it allows you to quickly get a glimpse of essential information like the time or your notifications, without having to turn on your smartphone and without wasting any significant battery power, as the screen is not using any backlight to display this information. Read on to find how to enable Glance and how to set it on your Lumia smartphone:

How To Install & Switch The Keyboard Input Language In Android

keyboardSince Android is such a popular operating system for smartphones and tablets throughout the world, people often find that they need to change the keyboard to a different input language, rather than their device's default. In this article, we'll describe the steps you need to take in order to install and change the input language of the keyboard.

Introducing Windows 8.1: Group Shortcuts On The Start Screen & Name Them

StartOrganization is the key to productivity. Having important stuff you pinned on the Start screen scattered all over the place is not very efficient. Your favourite apps will be hard to find, especially if there's a large number of apps pinned on the Start screen. The best option for Windows 8.1 users is to group the items and label them properly. Besides the utility of this feature, you will notice that your Start screen will also look more attractive. In this article we will show how to easily group the items on the Start screen and how the name the groups you created.

How To Clear Your Personal Information From Your Start Screen Tiles

Start screenIf you're a Windows 8.1 user, you surely noticed that some of the tiles pinned on your Start screen gather and display personal information like notifications with messages you receive from others, your meetings and to-dos, your personal pictures and so on. At some point, you may want to clean all that information so that others won't see it. In this guide we will show you the steps you need to follow in order to clear all your personal information from the Start screen.

How to Install A Color Profile For Your Monitor, In Windows

Color ManagementOne important element when working with images, video and even when playing games, is color. Every monitor has a different color profile, rendering it slightly different from other displays. It's important to make sure that the colors your monitor displays are as close to reality as possible. That's why you should always install your monitor's correct color profile. In this tutorial we will explain what color profiles are, why they matter and how to install them in Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. If we made you curious enough to learn more, don't hesitate to read on.

Why And How To Calibrate A Monitor In Windows 7 And Windows 8.1

DisplayIn a previous article, we discussed installing color profiles for your monitor, and where you can find those profiles for your own equipment. Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 include a Calibrate Display Color wizard that can help you calibrate your monitor for the best possible color display. In this article, we'll discuss how to use that wizard to set everything to your liking.

How To Customize The WinX Menu In Windows, Using Win+X Menu Editor

WinXIn this tutorial we will show how you can customize the WinX menu from Windows 8.1 using a free application called Win+X Menu Editor. What you are about to learn also applies to Windows 8 or Windows 10. After you read this article, you will be able to add or remove items from the WinX menu, or create and configure new groups. We will walk you through the complete process of downloading, installing, starting and using the Win+X Menu Editor application.

Top 10 Great Screen Savers For Windows

screen saversA good and safe screensaver can be hard to find. They have become popular programs for viruses and malware to piggyback on, and many may require or attempt to force the installation of unwanted toolbars and software. These days, many people do not even use screen savers for their originally intended purpose, often simply setting their computer to shut off the monitor after idling for too long. But, there are several really fascinating and useful screensavers out there for those who enjoy them, and we have tracked down a sampling of some really fun and safe to use screensavers for your perusal and enjoyment. Read on to see our findings: