The arrival of Windows Seven also signals the return of visual themes. Present in Windows XP, deleted in Windows Vista, they are new from the game, so you can transform your PC to your image. In this article, you will learn how to create your theme from a to z, from wallpaper to system sounds to window color.
Création du thème
Start by making a right-click on your desktop and choose Customise. This is where you will be able to customise almost all of your Windows. By default, some visual themes of very good quality in passing, are provided. You can try them by clicking on one of them, Windows 7 being the default theme. You can also create yours by reading the rest of the article.
Background of the office
Click on the link Background of the Bureau at the bottom of the window. Choose the desired image for your wallpaper from the list or click on the button Browse to search for it in a specific folder. Adjust the position of the image among the different choices offered: Filling, Adjust, Stretch, Mosaic and Center.
You will notice that a small check appears when you hover over an image. If you check at least two images, you can order Windows to alternate them every x minutes randomly or not.
Click on Save Changes.
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Color of windows
Click on the link Color of the window. Choose the color of the windows from those offered or click on Display Color Mixer to create your own hue. You can also enable/disable window transparency via the check box of the same name.
If you want to maximise customisation, click on the link Advanced Appearance Parameters. You will find the same module as on Windows XP.
Once all changes have been completed, click on Save Changes.
Click on the link Sounds. Seven offers a wide list of sound models compared to its predecessor Vista. Make your choice via the drop-down list and click on Apply. You also have the option to edit each sound separately by clicking on one of them and then on the button Browse. Search for your file and validate. Attention, only the format WAV is taken care of. Finally, if the Windows startup sound annoys you in the long run, uncheck the box Play Windows Starting Sound.
Click on OK I'll finish it.
Ecran de veille
Click on the link Standby screen. For those who do not know, a screensaver is an animation that appears after x minutes of inactivity on the part of the user and its purpose was to “preserve the image quality of the screens of cathodic type computers that retained the ‘fingerprint’ of the software windows, by stopping the display of the screen (black screen), or by changing the colors displayed on each pixel (words and animations)” hence the term screensaver. (quote from Wikipedia)
Click on the drop-down list and choose the screensaver of your choice. Most of the time, you can configure it by clicking on the button Settings. Click on Overview to preview your screensaver.
For more security, you can check the box After resuming, display logon. Thus, Windows will ask you for your password again so that you can log in to your session again.
Finally, screensavers are important vectors of virus transmission: be careful when installing them! Scan them with an antivirus!
In the left sidebar, click on the link Edit mouse pointers. In the part Model, click on the drop-down list to choose a “ready” cursor pack. Or, in the same way as for sounds, in the part Customise, click on the cursor to change and then click the button Browse. Search for your cursor in.ani and.cur formats and validate it all.
Finally, you can add a shadow to your pointer by checking the box provided for this purpose. In addition, if you want a theme not to be able to change your mouse cursors, uncheck the box Allow themes to change mouse pointers.
Click on OK.
In the left sidebar, click on the link Change desktop icons. In the part Desktop icons, check the icons that need to appear on your desktop. To edit one, click on the icon and then click Change icon. Choose from the list (or click on Browse to install a custom/downloaded icon) then click on OK.
Again, you can prohibit themes from modifying your icons by checking the box Allow themes to change Bureau icons.
Click on OK.
In the left sidebar, click on the link Change the image of your account. The latter appears on the login screen (when you select a user) and at the top of the start menu. Click on the desired image in the proposed list. You can also use the image of your choice by clicking on the link Search for other images.
N.B. : For a better result, prefer a square image.
Click on Edit image I'll finish it.
The logon screen, in French login screen, is the image that appears in the background when entering your session password. To modify it easily and without installing software, read this tutorial:
Saving the theme
Now that your theme is ready, you will certainly agree that it needs to be saved. To do this, nothing simpler, click on the link Save the theme. Enter a name and click on Save. Your theme appears in the My Themes list.
To delete a theme, do a right-click on the theme and opt for Remove Theme (the theme to be deleted cannot be the active theme).
Share your theme
Proud of your creation, you would like to share it with your loved ones, or better, on a Windows theme site. For this, make a right-click on the theme, and opt for Save the theme for sharing. Choose the destination folder and click on Save. Notice that the file extension is .themepack : only Windows Seven can read this kind of file.
To install the theme, simply double-click on the file name-du-theme.themepack.
Free themes to download
If you don't have the soul of a designer to create a theme, you can download it on the Microsoft Official Website.
Find out more
There are other ways to customise your Windows even more:
- Remove the Gadgets module from the context menu on Windows Seven ;
- Go back to the old XP/Vista-style taskbar design in Windows Seven ;
- Add System Shortcuts to Windows Seven Taskbar ;
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