Appearance and Personalization

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

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:

How To Customize The Sound Scheme Used On Your Windows Computer

Windows has a set of sounds applied to events and programs, such as "Close Program", "Default Beep", "Maximize", "Minimize", etc. The collection of all these sounds is called a sound scheme and is associated with a Windows theme. For example, the themes that come bundled with Windows are using the Windows Default sound scheme. When you change your Windows theme, the sound scheme is also changed according to the new theme's settings. If you are not happy with a certain sound scheme, you can easily customize it so that it uses the sounds you want. You can even create your own sound schemes. Let's see how it all works.

Enable Thumbnails For Video, Audio & Image Files In Windows/File Explorer

File ExplorerWindows Explorer or File Explorer may show thumbnail previews for all kinds of files, like ".avi" movie files but they may not show thumbnail previews for ".flv" (Flash Video) or ".mkv" (Matroska Video) files. Luckily, with the help of an application named Media Preview you can enable thumbnail previews for multiple file extensions. It works for video, audio and image formats and you can set how each thumbnail preview looks like. Here's how it works:

Introducing Windows 8.1: How To Use The Quick Access Toolbar In File Explorer

File ExplorerWindows 8 and Windows 8.1 have made a lot of changes, not only to the user interface, but to core features like the Task Manager or File Explorer. While these changes tend to add aesthetic appeal where once there was little, they serve more to improve the functionality of the operating system. One place where you'll notice a major change is the File Explorer. Windows 8 and 8.1 add a lot of new features in this most basic of interfaces to give you easier access to core functions. One small touch that makes life a bit easier is the Quick Access toolbar and we would like to share the most important changes made by Microsoft.

How To Set The App List In Windows Phone To Be Grouped By Letters

appsSome of our readers asked us how to enable the feature in Windows Phone that will cause your apps to group alphabetically in the Apps list so that you can reach them easily. What was strange was that other users had this feature enabled automatically and they didn't know how to disable it. In this article we will show you how to activate or deactivate this option and what you should do so you don't lose all your important data.

How To Customize Desktop Themes In Windows 7 & Windows 8.1

PersonalizationWindows is a versatile operating system when it comes to customizing the way it looks. You can easily change lots of visual aspects like the desktop backgrounds used by your theme, the sounds played when different events happen, the colors used for displaying windows on the screen as well as their transparency level, the screensaver and so on. While all these can be changed individually, you might prefer to select a new theme and change everything. Windows themes include some or all of the above personalization aspects packaged together in one file that you can install with a single click. Here's how to customize any theme in Windows:

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