Appearance and Personalization

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

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!

Introducing Windows 8 & 8.1: What are the Tiles?

start screenWe are all used to the old and familiar desktop shortcuts on our Windows computers. But with Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, we have a new way of launching and organizing things, using a concept called tiles. What are they, what do they do, what’s the difference between them and the classic desktop shortcuts? How do you customize tiles? These are the questions answered in this article.

Introducing Windows 8.1: Change the Start Screen Wallpaper & Colors

start screenWindows 8.1 offers more personalization options than Windows 8 and Windows 7 do. One of the things that can be configured in more detail is the Start screen itself. For example, in Windows 8.1 you have more options for setting the wallpaper (background image), background and accent colors. You can even set it to use the same wallpaper as the Desktop, which changes every couple of minutes with something new. Here's how to personalize in detail how the Start looks.

Uncovering Artists Through Windows Themes – Sebleu

Sebleu PhotographySebleu is a 35 year old photographer originally from France, currently living in Hua Hin, 250 km south of Thailand's capital - Bangkok. He prefers using a pseudonym because he believes authors are secondary to their work and their photographs should speak by themselves. He considers himself a 'world citizen', having lived in several parts of the world, including French Polynesia, before settling in Thailand ten years ago. He is a professional diver and loves the sea and the outdoors. After spending his days in Tahiti in the water from 5am to 6pm, he believes he's become part fish. To find out more about Sebleu and see the stunning Thai seascapes he has chosen to share with us, we recommend reading the interview below.

Uncovering Artists Through Windows Themes - Wojciech Toman

Wojciech TomanWojciech Toman's photographs are full of lively colors that present nature in all its vivacious beauty. Originally from Warsaw, Poland, Wojciech is a passionate travel photographer who loves spectacular landscapes and HDR techniques. He was introduced to HDR techniques while working as a 3D graphics programmer for video games and is now a software developer by trade, currently part of the Photomatix Pro development team. Photomatix Pro is a photo editing software that he himself uses for most of his HDR photos. He also runs a successful photography blog and loves to share his knowledge and techniques through tutorials and free presets. To find out more about Wojciech and see the beautiful autumn mountain scenes he has chosen to share with us, check out his interview below.

How to Customize or Disable Search with Bing in Windows 8.1

BingAs mentioned in many other articles, one of the biggest changes in Windows 8.1 is related to Search and its strong integration with Bing. In this operating system, Bing provides you with search suggestions and web results when performing any kind of search, directly from the Start screen. Some users will love this but will want to tweak the way it works while others will be freaked out and will want to disable it. Here’s how to configure the search experience in Windows 8.1.