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Customize Your Windows Vista Appearance

Customize Windows Vista

One of the new additions to the new operating system is the inclusion of the word “Personalize” in the user interface. Inside the Personalize interface there are many features that will allow you to customize you computer so that it reflects your needs, style and taste. Some of these features encompass the ability to change the desktop background, the screen saver and Windows Vista color scheme.

Changing the Desktop Background

You can replace your current desktop background with any image that has one of the following formats: .bmp .gif .jpg .jpeg or .png. You can center the image, stretch it to fill or repeat is as many time as necessary to fill the space. You can also create your own background by using a graphic application like Photoshop.

Here’s how you select an image for your background:

Right click on your desktop, select Personalize, and choose Desktop Background

From the Picture Location select a category and click on the picture you want as the background.

If you want an image that is not in any of the categories in the Picture Location, click on the Browse button and select your desired picture.

Change the Screen Saver

Screen savers are moving pictures or patterns that are displayed on your screen whenever there is no computer activity. Screen savers have no real use, other than they are fun to watch.

To change your screen saver, right click on your desktop, choose Personalize and click on Screen Saver. Click on the drop down menu to select your desired screen saver. You can also click on the Settings… button which opens up a dialog box where you can modify with your screen saver settings.

You can also choose when the screen saver will be displayed on your screen by increasing/decreasing the minutes besides the Wait tab.

Change the Color Scheme

You can customize fonts, sizes and colors of certain interface elements by changing the color scheme. To change the color scheme, right click on your desktop, click on Windows Color and Appearance, and select Open classic appearance properties for more colors options. Choose your desired scheme and click on the Advanced… button. Here you can modify the colors and sizes of the scheme.

This guest article has been written by Nick Zara of Windvis.com – Windows Vista help, tutorial and tricks

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Trelweny says

This seems to be lacking something that is vexing me greatly.

I put images in the files the control panel lets me pull up but no png images show. Nor do the png files show up when I right click the desktop itself and go the ‘personalize’ route. Then if I try to choose them by right clicking the image & ‘setting as wallpaper’ it distorts the size and makes transparent pngs have a nasty black background instead of seeing the background color I chose behind them. I had no problem doing this on XP, so I don’t see why this would have changed or otherwise be any different on Vista.

Also… when choosing a different picture it does not always remain as my background after system has shut down and restarted. Of course there could be other variables for that as it seemed Vista (or my new laptop in general) was not agreeing with a webcam link in msn for me today. It’s possible that might have reset the jpg I had thrown up as a wallpaper after not being able to get my favorite png up there.

And really… personalizing one’s desktop is not exactly a new feature. I’ve been personalizing each computer or laptop I have owned since 1995. Or are you referring to the interface actually calling it ‘personalizing’ instead?

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