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Themes - Switch Between in Windows 8


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Themes - Switch Between in Windows 8
This tutorial will show you how to switch between themes as often you like in your user account in Windows 8.
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How to Switch Between Themes in Windows 8 and 8.1
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This tutorial will show you how to switch between themes as often you like in your user account in Windows 8.
How to Switch Between Themes in Windows 8 and 8.1

information   Information
In Windows, you can use themes to help make your desktop feel a little more like your own. A theme is a combination of the desktop background, window color, sounds, screen saver, and mouse pointers that changes them all at once.

If you are using a Microsoft account and have the Desktop personalize setting turned on to sync, then the theme you currently have set will also be displayed on any PC that you sign in to with the same Microsoft account.

This tutorial will show you how to switch between themes as often you like in your user account in Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 8.1, and Windows RT 8.1.

Note   Note
Types of Themes:
  • My Themes - Themes that you've created, made changes to, saved (.theme file), or downloaded (.deskthemepack or .themepack files). Any time you change a theme, the new settings appear here as an unsaved theme. These themese are located in the hidden folder location below.
    • C:\Users\(user-name)\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Themes
  • Windows Default Themes - The default themes included with Windows 8 that you can use to personalize your PC. These themes are located in the folder below.
    • C:\Windows\Resources\Themes
  • Installed Themes - Themes that were created by your PC manufacturer (OEM) or other non-Microsoft providers.
  • High Contrast Themes - Themes that help improve your PC's performance or make items on your screen easier to see. These themes are located in the folder below.
    • C:\Windows\Resources\Ease of Access Themes
Tip   Tip
For free themes from Microsoft, see: Themes - Microsoft Windows



Here's How:

1. Do step 2, 3, or 4 below for how you would like to open Personalization.

2. While on the desktop, open the Charms bar, click on the Settings charm, and click/tap on Personalization. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: You could also press the Windows + I keys for this as well.
Settings-Charm.jpg
A) Go to step 5 below.​

3. Right click on (press and hold with touchscreen) a empty area of your desktop, and click/tap on Personalize.
A) Go to step 5 below.​

4. Open the Control Panel (icons view), and click/tap on the Personalization icon.
A) Go to step 5 below.​

5. Click\tap on an available theme that you would like to switch to. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: If you have a saved or downloaded .deskthemepack or .themepack file for a theme, then you can double click\tap on it to install and switch to that theme. You can click on the Get more themes online link to download free themes from Microsoft.
theme-1.jpg

6. When finished, you can close Personalization if you like.


That's it,
Shawn


 
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DustSailor

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Hey Shawn,

I just created a 'personalization' shortcut link on the desktop. But you wouldn't happen to know of an easy 'switch custom themes' shortcut that you could place on the desktop, would you? For example, you would create such a shortcut for each theme created.

1st world problems when you have to resort to 2 clicks instead of 1 ;)
 

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    Intel i7-8700K OC'd to 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    3 x 27" Asus VE278Q
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    1920x1080
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    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
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DustSailor

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Thanks mate!
 

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    Intel Core i7-3820 CPU OC @ 3.80GHz
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte G1.Assassin2
    Memory
    Corsair Dominator 16GB Quad Channel DDR3
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia by EVGA - GeForce GTX 670 4GB
    Sound Card
    On board Creative SB X-Fi
    Monitor(s) Displays
    acer 24" H243H
    Screen Resolution
    1920 X 1080
    Hard Drives
    Main 500GB Hybrid Drive @ 7,200RPM
    Secondary OCZ SSD Vertex 3 Max IOPS
    PSU
    Silent Pro 1000w gold 80+
    Case
    Azza Hurrican 2000
    Cooling
    Liquid CPU cooler & fans
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    Microsoft Comfort Curve 2000
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You're most welcome. :)
 

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    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    3 x 27" Asus VE278Q
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    OCZ Series Gold OCZZ1000M 1000W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master
    Internet Speed
    1 Gb/s Download and 35 Mb/s Upload
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11
    Antivirus
    Malwarebyte Anti-Malware Premium
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone

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