Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Downloading More Themes
After you select the theme, the new theme is automatically applied. This
process may take a few seconds if you select a theme with a different visual
style such as Windows Classic or Windows 8 Basic.
Now that you know how to change a theme, it’s time to make your own.
Downloading More Themes
A number of sites will help you download more premade themes for Windows 8,
complete with background images and sounds. Take a look at the following
sites to find some more great themes:
When you find a theme you like online, just download the .themepack file
and double-click the file to install it. After it is installed it shows up below the
included system themes in a new Installed Themes section.
Making Your Own Theme
Making your own theme enables you to back up your visual changes to Windows 8
easily so that you can distribute your settings to other computers or on the
Internet. The most difficult part of the process is customizing all the little aspects
of the visual elements that make up the user interface. The next few sections
walk you through the process of fine-tuning the user interface and then show
how you can save your changes and make your own theme file.
Modifying System Sounds
Sounds can be assigned to many events in Windows, such as logging on, logging
off, minimizing a window, and maximizing a window. Themes can also include
sound scheme settings, so I recommend customizing your system sounds for
any custom theme.
Changing the event sounds is simple. Just follow these steps to launch and
configure the Sound properties:
1. Open the Start screen, type mmsys.cpl , and press Enter to launch the
system Sound properties.
2. After the Sound properties load, click the Sounds tab.
3. To adjust the sound clip for a specific event, click the event that you want
to modify by navigating through the Program Events list, as shown in
Figure 8-2.
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