Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Customizing the Start Screen
Figure 6-2: Stardock Decor8 offers this customization screen.
Select one of the background images or click Select File to use your own. Click
the Colors option on the left menu to select from the standard Windows color
schemes or create your own.
Windows 8 Start Screen Customizer
The Windows 8 Start Screen Customizer is a free utility written by vhanla,
who is known for creating a number of free Windows customization utilities.
Although it does not have all of the bells and whistles of Decor8, it gets the job
done in enabling you to replace the Start screen background image. Unique to
the Windows 8 Start Screen Customizer, you can also adjust the transparency
of the entire Start screen.
You can download a free copy at tweaks.com/161004 . Just extract the file and
rename the extension from .ex_ to .exe and then run. Once you have it up and
running, select one of the default backgrounds or click Load Picture to select
your own. Then just drag the border box around the section of the picture you
want to use, click the Apply & Save button as shown in Figure 6-3, and your
new Start screen will be active.