(Revised 11-12-01 to note changes in XP)
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the Windows Desktop
Look on line for deatails on Windows 8 & 10.
Then check the page on Customizing Windows for some elementary settings.
The simplest change to make to your desktop is to change colors. To do this, right click on a blank area of the desktop and choose Properties. (Or use Control Panel, Display) In the resulting dialog box, select the Appearance tab. (The second figure shows how XP looks. It adds "Themes" to the list. Note that the wallpaper is in the Background" tab for 9x and renamed to Desktop" for XP. The settings are different, so just play with them)
Then drop the list under Scheme and choose a different scheme. This changes a group of elements all at once. If you don't find a combination you like, you can change individual elements and save your own scheme. Find a scheme with some elements you like and apply it. Then drop the Item list and choose the element you want to change. Depending on the element, you can change Size and or Colors. Using the second Color choice provides gradient color change from one part of the element to another. After you have made your selections, apply them to verify that they are satisfactory and then use Save as to save the scheme under any name you choose.
A word of caution: You can make a real mess here, so be careful. If you follow my advice to have Go Back installed before you play here, correcting serious errors is easy. Without Go Back, you may mess Windows up so badly that it is almost impossible to back out of and may require reloading Windows. Also see my disclaimer page. I am not responsible for any errors made by following the suggestions on these pages. You attempt them at your own risk. That's why Go Back is so valuable. You can make all the mistakes you want and recover in a matter of minutes.
NOTE: USE CAUTION USING GO BACK WITH WINDOWS XP. IT MAY CRASH WINDOWS AND YOU MAY HAVE TO RESTORE THE SYSTEM. Be sure to use a new version or download the update.
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