Appearance and Personalization

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

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:

Enhance The Lock Screen Of Your Windows Phone With Tetra Lockscreen

Lock ScreenAs a Windows Phone user you have access to a beautiful default lock screen on your smartphone. Furthermore, its default appearance can be personalized in many ways and there are a few apps available for that in the Store. Not too long ago, we looked at Microsoft's Live Lock Screen app and the features it offers for customizing our phones' lock screens. Soon after that, the guys at Microsoft Garage released another lock screen app, called Tetra Lockscreen. This is the first Windows Phone app that lets users add widgets to their lock screens and we were really anxious to see how it works. If you are too, read on to find out!

How To Set Windows 8.1 To Display More Tiles On The Start Screen

Start screenIf you have a high-definition tablet or hybrid with Windows 8.1, like the Surface Pro, you may want to have more tiles on the Start screen so that you don't have to scroll a lot in order to access all your main apps and desktop programs. Luckily, Windows 8.1 has a setting that allows you to do this. However, it is available only on devices with touch screens and not on classic desktop PCs. Here's how it works:

5 Great Download Locations For Free Windows Themes

PersonalizationThere are many ways to personalize your Windows device and make it look unique. In some of our articles we presented the best download locations for icons, mouse cursors schemes and many other visual elements. In this article we would like to present five great download locations for Windows 7 and Windows 8 themes. These websites provide many good looking themes, for free. Some of them provide original content and they feature works by photographers and illustrators. Let's get started:

How to Create Your Own Custom Jump List In Windows 7 & Windows 8.1

TaskbarDid you know about an application called Jumplist Launcher? It is a free tool, created by Ali Dunnpfiff, which can be pinned on your taskbar and lets you create a custom jump list for it. We will show how you can configure the jump list so it will become one of the most useful features which will increase your productivity when using your Windows computer.

15 Best Mouse Cursor Schemes For Windows 7 & Windows 8.1

mouse cursorsIf you are bored with the Windows interface and you are tired of its default customization options, you should try some personalization packages that are found on the web. In this article we'll share 15 free mouse cursor schemes for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 that you can use to improve the visuals of your operating system. Let's get started:

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.

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