If you want to change how your desktop and windows look on your Windows 10 PC and share that design to your friends, the newest operating system lets you create your own theme with a custom desktop background, windows border, and Start menu accent color. You have the option to save these settings as a new theme file, which you can use over and over or even send it to others if they want.
To create your own theme in Windows 10, here’s how:
STEP 1: Click on the Start menu, then select Settings.
STEP 2: From the Settings screen, go to Personalization.
STEP 3: Change one or more of the following settings according to your preference:
- Background– Select picture, solid color, or slideshow. In addition to some default photos, you can click the Browse button to select a background picture. If you choose slideshow, the default album for the slideshow will be the Photos folder, but you can browse to a different folder and also set how often you want the picture to change on your desktop.
- Colors– You can either have Windows automatically pick an accent color from your background or select a color for the Start menu tiles background and the thin border around windows. This will also change the color of the Windows icon in the taskbar when you hover over it. Optionally, you can also have that color shown on the taskbar and Windows 10’s action center by checking those checkboxes.
NOTE: You can also change the Lock screen background image and Start menu settings here, but these aren’t saved with your theme.
STEP 4: Click on the Themes section, then click on the Theme settings link.
STEP 5: On the next screen, right-click on the Unsaved Theme, then select Save theme.
NOTE: The Unsaved Theme appears in the My Themes section and contains the settings you have just adjusted.
STEP 6: Specify a name for your own theme in the field provided, then click OK to save it.
NOTE: Your new theme is now saved and you can easily switch between it and other themes by heading to the Personalization options in the Control Panel of your PC.
STEP 7: If you want to share the theme you have just created, you can do so by right-clicking on your theme, then selecting Save theme for sharing (which will be saved as a .deskthemepack file).