Customise Your Desktop

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If you have a new PC or laptop then you probably want to make it a little bit more ‘you’. There are a few things you can do to customise your desktop to give it a more personal appearance and also be more practical for you to use.

Desktop Background

desktopOne of the more common customisations is to put your own picture onto the background. You can either choose one static image or select a folder and have the images rotating every few minutes.
On Windows 7 or 8 in the desktop view, right-click any spare are of desktop and select Personalize. Highlight Desktop background and browse for the image(s) you want. If you select multiple images, use the settings at the bottom to choose how often to change the pictures.


You can customise your screensaver in a similar way too. From that same Personalize menu choose Screensaver. From the dropdown box choose photos and use the settings button to select your folder of images. Set how long you want the PC or laptop to be inactive before the screensaver kicks in.


shortcutWhen you install applications sometimes you will get a shortcut to the application appear on your desktop. This is an image you can click on which will open the relevant application. Shortcuts can also be created for documents , web pages and folders as well. Shortcut icons can be distinguished from actual files by the black arrow in the bottom left corner.

If you get too many shortcuts on your desktop you can delete them, either by highlighting and pressing the delete key or right-click and select delete.

You can organise your icons by right-clicking on the desktop and selecting Sort By and then the order you want your icons. Right click the desktop and select the view option to auto-arrange your icons and change the size.

Task Bar

Rather than fill your desktop up with shortcuts and icons, a simpler way to manage applications and documents you use regularly is to pin them to the Task bar at the bottom of the screen. To do this, when the application is open, right-click on the icon in the task bar and choose Pin to taskbar. You can also pin individual documents, which can be accessed again by right-clicking the icon in the Task bar.

Windows 8 Charms

Windows 8 CharmsWindows 8 has an alternative Metro interface which displays your documents and program links in a series of colourful Charms. You can still customise this interface by dragging and dropping Charms to change their location.

To remove a Charm, right-click and select unpin from Start menu. To add a Charm for a file or program, use the Search function to find your file or application, right-click on the related search result and click Pin to Start menu. You can Pin and Unpin items to the Desktop taskbar from this command also.

Hopefully this short article has helped you customise your PC but if you would like further information or some training please contact us.

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