Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Customizing the Appearance
of the Windows Interface
In the past few chapters, you customized various parts of the operating
system, starting with the logon screen. After customizing the Start screen and the
taskbar, you spent some time customizing the desktop, too. This chapter shows
you how to customize what the entire user interface looks like by changing the
theme or visual style and fine-tuning the settings of both.
In the sections that follow, you learn how to make major alterations in the way
your computer looks (much more than you’ve learned so far). First, I explain the
differences between a theme and a visual style, to clear up any possible
confusion you might have. Then you learn how to create an advanced theme. Next, I
show you how to make the legacy desktop easier to use on touch devices. This
chapter ends by introducing an easy way to give Windows 8 a completely
different look with a third-party skinning utility called WindowBlinds.
Working with Themes
Themes have been a part of Windows for a long time. Ever since Windows 95
was released, themes made it possible to save the configuration of the fonts,
colors, visual style, wallpaper, mouse cursors, and even the sounds that are used.
Throughout the years, not a lot has changed in the theme world. Originally,
you had to buy Microsoft Plus to use themes, but now the ability to use themes
is included in all the latest Microsoft operating systems.