Microsoft’s Windows 10 provides you with a lot of options to customize your system to make it interesting. It lets you change your desktop background, colors, lock screen background, and much more. Let us list out 10 best ways to do that.
The first thing you see after Windows start-up is the background. Windows 10 has a lot of options to choose from for the background image. Apart from the default option, you can choose the image of your own choice as the background.
- Right-click on the empty space of your desktop and choose Personalize.
- Now you can choose your preferred background settings under the Background option.
- If you want your desktop background to keep changing then you can select the option of Slideshow. Or if you want a solid color as a background you have an option to choose Solid Color.
- You will also get the option to choose a fit.
Here is a quick overview of all these terminologies of Choose a Fit.
- Fill: It makes sure that the background is fully covered by the image you have chosen. It doesn’t stretch the image.
- Fit: It set the background image exactly as it is. So there may be some parts left unfilled along its border.
- Stretch: It does the same work as the Fit, but it stretches down to cover the unfilled part.
- Tile: A single pic is repeated multiple times, horizontally and vertically, like a grid.
- Center: It places your image right at the center of the desktop, leaving the blank spaces if the image is of small size.
- Span: If you use multiple desktops, this option lets you choose the same or different image for them.
In the Personalize section, the second option after the Background settings is Colors.
- Here you will find an option to choose your Color as Light, Dark or Custom
- Whether you want to keep Transparency Effects ON or OFF.
- Choose your Accent Color. Windows let you choose your accent color from the 48 color choices. It also provides an option to automatically fetch the accent color from the background.
4. Choose where to show the Accent Color
3. Lock Screen
Continuing in the Personalize section now you have an option to tinker with your Lock Screen.
- You will get the option to change the Background as Windows spotlight, Picture or Slide show.
- You can choose one application to show its detailed status on the lock screen. By default, it is set to the Calendar App.
- You can choose seven other applications to show their quick status on the lock screen.
- You can choose whether to show the lock screen background image on the sign-in screen or not.
- Next, you get the options to change: Cortana lock screen settings, Screen timeout settings and, Screen saver settings.
Next in the Personalize section is the option to change the Theme of your Windows 10 system. Windows 10 provides you the number of official themes to look in. You have an option to install a custom theme too.
After the Theme, the next option in the Personalize section is changing Fonts. Windows, by default, have a large number of fonts already installed in the system.
Apart from it also provides you with the option to install the fonts by dragging and dropping externally. Or you can get more fonts from the Microsoft Store.
6. Start Menu
Windows have provided you the option to customize the Start in the Personalize section. You have several options under the Start menu to customize. Take look at the below screenshot.
Notice you have an option to choose which folders to appear in Start. They will be displayed here.
The last option to play with, in the Personalize section is the Taskbar. Unlike previous versions of Windows, Windows 10 provides you a lot of control for customization of Taskbar. You can apply any settings as you find suitable for you.
8. Adding the Application Widgets on Desktop
Now moving out of the Personalize section. For increasing the functionality and usability of your Windows 10 system, you can add the widgets on your desktop. 8GadgetPack is one such application that allows you to add widgets on the desktop. The most useful widget can be of a Weather App. There are various weather applications available for Windows 10, that you can download.
Apart from a weather app, you can also add a classic wall clock and many other cool gadgets.
9. Changing the Keyboard language
If you are a blogger or someone who constantly writes in multiple languages, having a keyboard for only one language can be frustrating. Don’t worry Windows 10 has got your back. It has a quick method to switch between languages.
- Just type “language” in the search bar and you will find Language Settings. Click to open it.
- Here, you can select which languages you want to be able to type in. This won’t change your system language, but it will allow you to use different keyboards.
10. Activate Cortana
Like Siri for the Mac users, Windows users have their personal assistant- Cortana. Setting up Cortana is quite easy.
- You just have to look for a Circle next to the search bar.
- Click on it and follow the instructions to activate your assistant.
Cortana can do many tasks for you like searching for any query, setting a reminder/alarm, play music, etc.
These are some of the many customizations available for Windows 10. Although you can transform your system altogether by trying just these 10 main customizations. Let us know how many of them you have tried and which one is your favorite among these in the comment section.