Desktop theme overview

A desktop theme is a predefined set of icons, fonts, colors, sounds, and other window elements that give your desktop a unified and distinctive look. You can switch themes, create your own theme by changing a theme and then saving it with a new name, or restore the traditional Windows Classic look as your theme.

If you modify any element of a theme, such as your desktop background or screen saver, it is recommended that you save your changes with a new theme name. If you modify your desktop and don't save your changes with a new name, your changes will be lost if you select a different theme.

Use Display in Control Panel to select or save a theme. The desktop items that are saved with a theme are listed in the table below.

Control PanelTabItem

Display

Desktop

Background, Position, and Color

Display

Desktop

Desktop icons (click Customize Desktop to change icons)

Display

Screen Saver

Screen saver

Display

Appearance

Windows and buttons, Color scheme, and Font size

Display

Appearance

All features on the Advanced Appearance dialog box (click Advanced)

Mouse

Pointers

Scheme or individual pointers

Sounds and Audio Devices

Sounds

Sound scheme and Program event

Select a different theme

Create your own desktop theme

Use the classic Windows look



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