How to Customise the Desktop in Windows 7

Desktop Customization is used to modify the visual appearance, Windows Color, etc. IT also provides a way to control Wallpapers. We can apply new themes, desktop background and sounds of the computer. Windows 7 introduces a new feature called ‘Aero’ in Desktop customization.

Display and Visual appearance:

Visual appearance and performance of a computer display are influenced by different factors such as the Monitor type, Configuration of Windows and how the computer is used. There are some tasks which you can perform to improve the visual appearance of your computer.

  1. Reduce the number of open programs: IF too many programs are opened in the computer it will utilize more system resources. This can cause display problems. So it is always advised to close the programs which are not required.
  2. Avoid running too many graphic programs simultaneously:  The graphic related programs such as video editing and animation requires large amount of system resources. IF too many graphical programs are running at the same time that the display quality will degrade.
  3. Reduce monitor resolution: At high resolution monitor utilizes large amount of system resource to display the screen properly. To get proper visual appearance of the monitor, lower the resolution.
  4. Upgrade the video card of the computer: Computer video card consist of large amount of memory. This memory is used to display a graphics card. If more memory is available you will get better display quality.

Modifying Windows color and appearance:

Windows 7 provides better color and appearance options than other Windows operating system. It also introduces aero effect, due to which borders of open windows are transparent like glass.

Steps to configure Windows color and appearance:

  1. Go to ‘Start’ – ‘Control panel’ – ‘Appearance and personalization’ – ‘Personalization’.
  2. In the ‘Personalization’ Window, click ‘Window color’ button to display the window color and appearance.
  3. Select the color to change the Windows border, start menu and Taskbar.
  4. Click on ‘Advanced appearance settings’ to change size, color and font settings. Select the ‘Item’ in which you want to apply color changes from the item drop down list.
  5. Make the required changes in size, color and font settings and click ‘Apply’ to apply the changes on selected items. Click ‘Ok’so that the changes would be applied.

Steps to configure Desktop background:

  1. Go to ‘Start’ – ‘Control panel’ – ‘Appearance and personalization’ – ‘Personalization’.
  2. In ‘Personalization’ window, select ‘Desktop Background’. Select the particular ‘Desktop background’ and click on ‘Save changes’ to apply them.

Steps to configure screensaver:

  1. Type ‘Screen saver’ on the search box of start menu. The ‘Screen saver settings’ window will be displayed.
  2. Select the required screen saver from ‘Screen saver’ drop down list. Click on ‘Preview’ button to view the selected screen saver.

Multiple Monitor settings in Windows 7

Windows 7 allows a second monitor to your computer to do more than one job simultaneously. There are four settings for multiple monitor in windows 7.

  1. Computer only: Used to show only computer monitor.
  2. Duplicate: Make the second monitor as the duplicate of the first.
  3. Extend: Extend the desktop to the second monitor.
  4. Projector only: Turn of the first monitor and activate the second.

Steps to configure Advanced display Settings:

  1. Go to ‘Control Panel’ – ‘Display’ — ‘Change display settings’.
  2. Click ‘Advanced settings’. The ‘Default Monitor’ windows will be displayed.
  3. Click ‘Adapter’ tab and this will display the adapter information.
  4. To check the monitor properties click on ‘Monitor’ tab. To troubleshoot problems with your computer display select ‘Troubleshoot’ tab.
  5. To change the color management settings you can click ‘Color Management’ tab.

As you can see, there is more to the Desktop and Windows 7 in general. If you are a regular business user and need to get the most from the OS you might want to consider attending a training course. There are a number of Microsoft training providers in the UK including Paul Brown Associates and QA. Prices vary considerably for 1 day courses and you may get a discount if 2 or more people book at the same time.