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Windows 7 - How to Make Your Own Desktop Themes

Windows 7 provides an abundance of desktop customization options and, for the first time ever in a Microsoft operating system, it provides desktop background slideshows. Windows 7 includes a selection of beautiful desktop slideshows and there are plenty more to choose from on the Internet. You can view these by clicking on the "Get more themes online" link in the Personalization control panel. There are also many other websites which boast an extensive selection of desktops for every genre and taste imaginable. However, it's also not hard to make your own. Follow these steps to learn how.

1 – Choosing Your Desktop Backgrounds
Open the Personalization window by right-clicking anywhere on your desktop and clicking "Personalization." At the bottom-left of the window which appears, click the link "Desktop Background." Click the "Browse" button and browse to the location of the photos you want to use in your custom theme. Click "OK" when you've found it. The thumbnails of the pictures contained in the specified folder will appear. You can choose which ones to display by checking the boxes beside each one. For best results, choose the "Stretch" option for "Picture position." Beside this option, you can also choose the frequency at which the desktop images change. Click "Save changes" once you're happy with the settings. You will return to the main personalization window.

2 – Choosing Your Window Colours
Click on the "Window Color" option. There's a selection of presets available to choose from, but you can actually choose any colour you like by clicking on the arrow beside "Show color mixer" lower down the page. Move the sliders which appear below to get your desired colour theme. Also, make sure that the box beside "Enable transparency" is selected, since your desktop will look much better. Only deselect this if your computer takes a noticeable performance hit. Click "Save changes" to continue.

3 – Choosing Your Sounds
Click on the "Sounds" option in the personalization window. Not much has changed here since the previous editions of windows. To start with a blank template and choose your own sounds, select "No Sounds" from the dropdown box. In the list of events below, choose a program event that you want to assign a sound to and click "Browse" in the bottom-right. Browse to the location of the sound file you want to use. And yes, this feature still only supports sound clips in the ancient WAV format! Click "OK" to continue.

4 – Saving Your Theme
Finally, it is time to save your new theme. Click the "Save theme" link, enter a name for it and click "Save." Your theme will be permanently saved in the "My Themes" section, but you can modify it at any time.


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