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Automatic RSS Background Themes
a nice fade effect. You enable this feature on the normal change-background
screen. Follow these steps to change the background image on your computer
and enable a background slideshow:
1. Right-click the desktop and click Personalize.
2. Click Desktop Background on the bottom of the screen.
3. Set the Picture Location box to Solid Colors or another image location.
4. Next, click any image to set it as your background. If you want to set up
multiple background images, simply hover over each image and check
the box that appears.
5. After all images are selected, configure the picture position and the change
picture frequency settings. Click Save Changes when you are finished.
Saving Your Theme to a File
You have now customized all the aspects of themes and are ready to create
your own theme file into a theme pack file that includes all the resources your
theme uses:
1. Right-click the desktop and click Personalize.
2. On the Personalization screen you will see a My Themes section on the
top with one called Unsaved Theme. Right-click that theme and select
Save Theme For Sharing.
3. Type a name, select a location to which to save your .themepack file, and
click Save.
You have now created a theme pack for your theme so that you can easily
change back to it when you customize the user interface in the future. Additionally,
you can copy your theme pack to other computers or share it online. All the
files used in your theme, including background images, are included in the
.themepack file.
Automatic RSS Background Themes
Now that you created your own theme, I’m going to show you how to enable
a secret feature by editing your newly created theme file. This will allow your
theme to automatically download and display new background images
referenced from an RSS feed. As the RSS feed is updated with new backgrounds,
your computer will automatically download and display them.
Activating this feature requires manually editing your theme file inside a
theme pack you created in the preceding section. You also need an RSS feed
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