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Personalizing Windows 10 is supposed to be easier in the latest OS, but it’s not always as easy as it seems. Since Windows 10 is consolidating and changing where settings are in both the Settings app and the Control Panel, it may be difficult to figure out where to go to change something to your liking.

Let’s look at how to personalize Windows 10 and get the most out of the OS.

Personalizing Windows 10

There are several ways to personalize Windows 10, including adding themes.

Open the Settings app and search for “Personalization.” Click on the icon.

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You’ll start with background, which’ll show you a preview of your Windows 10 desktop and what it looks like as you switch settings.

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From here, you can change the background picture to a single picture or a slideshow. Below that, you’ll pick what picture of folder you’ll use. Then, you can choose how the picture fits the screen. We recommend you choose a picture, or set of pictures, that are high-resolution for the best look and feel in Windows 10.

Selecting the Color

Next set of settings is Color.

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This allows you to change the accent color of Windows 10. There’s a variety of bright colors to choose from. You can pick any color or click the slider on “Automatically pick an accent color from my background” which may blend in better with your theme and/or desktop background.

You’ll also be able to choose whether the Start Menu is transparent, which again depends on your theme and background.

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If you’re using high-contrast settings for Ease of Access settings, click on “High contrast settings” to tinker with a specific theme for your PC.

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Setting up the Lock Screen

Lock screen settings are up next.

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You can choose to use a picture of slideshow, just like your desktop background settings, too. You’re able to turn on or off tips on the lock screen as well, which might be helpful as you get used to Windows 10.

You’re also able to add Windows universal apps to your lock screen to get updates, such as when talking on Skype, getting the weather and more. Keep in mind that not all apps offer this feature, so you’re limited as to what you can use.

Setting up the Screensaver

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Below those basic lock screen settings, you can adjust Screen timeout settings and Screen saver settings. These both take you to other areas of the Settings app to adjust how your system works.

Selecting the Right Theme

Themes are next on our list.

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We’ve covered how to install Windows 10 themes, so you should be familiar with these settings already with our guide here.

Our final set of personalization settings relate to the Start Menu.

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We’ve covered how to set up your Start Menu and begin tinkering with it to your liking, now you can customize it further from this area of Settings.

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You’re able to show suggestions, most used apps, recently added apps and more from here. Tinker with the various settings to see what works for you. You’re also able to choose what folders appear on the Start Menu as well.

Conclusion

At this time other than changing your theme, there’s no additional settings you can personalize in Windows 10. There are third-party tools out there that let you adjust settings further that require registry and Group Policy edits.

It’s up to you to decide how deep you want to personalize Windows 10 and take the steps to do it.