GT Explains: What is a Windows Theme and How to Change it?

One of the best things about Windows from an end-user point of view is the ease of customization. One can quickly change wallpapers, screen savers etc to get an all new appearance everyday. Though you can change these things individually but how about changing them all at once with some specific theme in mind?

A theme is a collection of desktop backgrounds, windows color settings, sounds schemes and screen savers packed in one single file which makes working with appearance and settings a little easier. Lets see how we can play with these themes to get a mesmerizing desktop everyday.

Applying a theme

By default Windows 7 comes with 6 different themes to spice up your mood but you can unleash few more hidden themes following this simple guide.

To apply a new different theme in Windows 7, open Personalization window by opening the right click context menu anywhere on your desktop and clicking Personalize.

Open Personalization1

Once you are on personalization window click on any theme from the list of installed themes to change the desktop background, windows color, sounds and screen saver all at once.

Change Theme1

If you are not satisfied with a theme and want to give it a personal touch of your own there is scope for that too.

Personalizing a theme

Lets see how we can go about personalizing a theme.

Add/remove wallpaper to the current theme

In the selected a theme, if you want to add or remove some wallpaper to the collection click on Desktop Background while you are still on personalization window.


Customize the wallpapers by checking the ones you want and unchecking the rest. You can add some of your own by importing them using the browse button.

Choose Desktop Back Ground

You can also change the wallpaper picture position and desktop background slide show time interval as per your requirements.

Change Picture Position

Once you are done click the Save changes button.

Customizing theme color

To change the color of your window borders, Start Menu and Taskbar, you need to click on Windows color.


In Windows Color and Appearance you can select your favorite color, and its intensity and transparency. You can also open color mixer to manually set Hue, Saturation and Brightness for a selected color.

Windows Color

Once you are satisfied with the changes made click on Save changes button.

Change sound scheme

To manually set sound for a Windows event like Windows startup, shutdown, empty recycle bin etc, click on Sounds button in the personalization window.


Select the sound scheme from the dropdown list and click apply

Screen Saver

The Screen Saver

To change the screensaver click on the Screen Saver button.


Select your desired screen saver and click on apply.


Once you make any changes to a theme the windows will treat it as an all new unsaved theme. To save it for future use right click on the custom theme and click on Save theme.

Save Theme

Give an appropriate name to it and click ok.

Save Theme As

The theme will be saved on your computer and you can enable it again with same settings if you wish to go back to it anytime.

Well, this is not all folks, stay tuned for tomorrow’s article where I will be discussing with you about hunting great themes online, along with detailed steps to download and install them.

Last updated on 07 February, 2022

The above article may contain affiliate links which help support Guiding Tech. However, it does not affect our editorial integrity. The content remains unbiased and authentic.