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How To Personalise Your Computer

Personalizing your PC is one of the fun things you can do with your computer. It will also increase your work efficiency and computing enjoyment more.

Find out:
  • How to dress up your desktop with pictures, sound, and fonts.
  • Add color, patterns, pictures, and even sounds to enhance your screen's appearance.
  • Customize your mouse to make it easier to control.
  • Set up your computer to load favorite programs automatically so they're ready when you are.

Important: Switch the control panel to classic view. That you can find in left pane. Alternatively, you can use Category view. But Classic view is considered through out the examples below.


Dress up your desktop

You can do many changes to the look and feel of your desktop. You can repaint your desktop background with your color of choice, or can fill it with image / favorite photo.
Windows XP contains a selection of backgrounds. Either you can select from them or can capture photos / graphics from web. You can also use your photo saved on the hard disk.

Follow the steps below to customize the look and feel of your desktop by changing background

  • Click Start on the taskbar, and then click Control Panel.
  • Click Display and select Desktop tab.
  • In the Background list, you can click a background picture. In the Position list, you can click Center, Tile, or Stretch to define how your want the picture to be displayed on the desktop.
  • To set your photo as desktop background - Click Browse and locate the photo you want to set as background on the hard drive and the Click OK or Apply.
  • If you want to use a picture from a Web site, on the site, right-click the image, and then click Set as Desktop Background.
  • To see a colored background, you should select none from the Background drop-down menu


Adding Screen Saver

Screen savers displays constantly changing images on your screen and also can lock the screen so that no one can get into your computer while you are away. Windows XP contains a large selection of screen saver. But you can download more net. Be careful when you download screen saver from net, it may contain virus and spyware.

Choose a screen saver

  • Click Start on the taskbar, and then click Control Panel.
  • Click Display and the Screen Saver tab.
  • Select the screen saver you want from the drop down list of screen saver.
  • Click Preview to view the screen saver for a few seconds (move your mouse or press any key to end the preview), and then click Settings to customize its behavior.
  • When you are satisfied with your choice, click OK.
  • You can also choose My Pictures Slideshow from the drop-down menu, and then click Settings to add favorite photos from your hard drive.
  • You can also display your favorite saying by choosing Marquee. Click Settings to enter text and customize behavior.

Desktop Theme

A desktop theme in windows operating system is a preset graphical appearance package. With the help of this, you can change the look and feel of your desktop.
Windows XP contains large selection of desktop themes.

Select a theme:

  1. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
  2. Click Display (Note that: by default Theme tab is already selected).
  3. On the Themes tab, click the theme you want from the Theme drop down menu, and then OK.
Note:You can also change desktop elements individually. Right Click on the desktop and select Properties. It opens Display properties dialog box.
  1. Select Appearance tab in the Display Properties. Choose the element you want to customize from the drop-down menus and modify them by clicking the Effects button to open instructions windows and follow the instruction.
  2. Once you are satisfied with what you want, click OK.

Changing the screen resolution

  1. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
  2. Click Display and then Settings.
  3. On the Settings tab, drag the slider to the resolution you want under Screen Resolution, and then click Apply.

Changing sound effects

You might have noticed whenever you open or close a folder, or empty the Recycle Bin, It makes some kind of sound. Windows XP has got many kind of preset sound for lot of windows activities. You can change them as per your liking. It is easy to add and fun too.
Let’s see how to do that:
  1. Click Start on the taskbar, and then click Control Panel.
  2. Click Sounds and Audio Devices.
  3. On the Sounds tab, under Program events, click the event to which you want to apply a sound.
  4. In the Sounds list, click the sound you want to link to the event.
  5. You can hear the sound by clicking the Play Button to the right of the Sounds list. Once you are satisfied with sound, click OK.
  6. Then you can save the sound scheme by clicking on Save As. Then type the name for the sound scheme and click OK.
  7. Click OK to complete the procedure and save your sound scheme.

To use the classic Windows look

  1. Open Display in Control Panel.
  2. On the Themes tab, under Theme, click Windows Classic.
  3. To open Display, click Start, click Control Panel, and then double-click Display.
  4. After you select Windows Classic, you can change individual Windows elements, such as window borders, icons, and menus. Click the Appearance tab, and then click Advanced to make your changes.

Keep Your Programs within Easy Reach

Windows has some great capabilities that can let you supercharge your startup menu. You can customize the Start menu and taskbar and add shortcut of your favorite programs right into Start menu and taskbar with the help of Pin and Quick Launch. The possible two ways are discussed below:

1. Pin: You can pin programs from All programs list directly to Start menu.

For example - Pin Notepad to the Start menu:

1. Click Start, and then click All Programs.

2. Click Accessories and point to Notepad.

3. Right-click Notepad and click Pin to Start menu.

4. Click anywhere on the desktop to quit the Start menu.

This works for any program on your computer.

Removal is also easy. Follow the steps below to remove the Pin program from start menu.

Remove Notepad from the Start menu:

1. Click Start, and then point to the program you want to remove (in this case, you can say Notepad).

2. Right-click Calculator and click Unpin from Start menu.

3. Click anywhere on the desktop to quit the Start menu.

2. Quick Launch bar: Quick Launch bar serves the purpose of keeping other programs at your fingertips. Windows XP loads several programs in the Quick Launch by default, including Show Desktop. One click on Show Desktop minimizes all the programs on your desktop and another click restores them back in its previous status.

1. If the Quick Launch bar is not displayed, right-click an empty area on the taskbar and click Properties.

2. On the Taskbar tab, under Taskbar appearance, select the Show Quick Launch check box and click OK. Note: After Quick Launch is displayed, click Show Desktop to minimize all open programs. This is my favorite.

3. Shortcut Icons on Desktop: This is also very convenient and fastest way to access your program. You can place shortcut icons of your favorite files, folders or even program on your desktop and then can access them by just one click.

Placing a shortcut icon on the desktop:

1. Right-click Start, and then click Explore. 
2. Locate the folder, file, or program in the Folders directory, and then click the item to open it. Click the icon representing the item.
3. Click File on the toolbar, and then Create Shortcut on the drop-down menu that appears.
4. Right-click on the shortcut icon that is created.
5. Choose Send To from the drop-down menu, and then click Desktop (create shortcut) on the submenu that appears.