Personalization Change Theme in Windows 11

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A theme is a combination of desktop background, lock screen background, colors, sounds, and mouse cursors (pointers).

There are three types of themes.

Type of ThemeDescription
My ThemesThese are themes you have created, made changes to, saved, or downloaded. Any time you change a theme, it will appear here as an unsaved theme. These themes are saved in the %LocalAppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Themes folder.
Windows Default ThemesThese are themes included with Windows 11 by default. These themes are saved in the C:\Windows\Resources\Themes folder.
High Contrast ThemesThese are color themes for low vision and light sensitivity. These themes are saved in the C:\Windows\Resources\Ease of Access Themes folder.

This tutorial will show you how to change the theme for your account in Windows 11.


It is required to activate Windows 11 before you can change the theme to personalize your PC.


You can download and install themes from Microsoft at the links below:

Desktop Themes | Windows Support

Windows Themes | Microsoft Store



Contents






OPTION ONE

Change Desktop Background to Picture, Solid Color, or Slideshow in Settings


1 Open Settings (Win+I).

2 Click/tap on Personalization on the left side. (see screenshot below)

3 Select a theme to apply at the top.

4 When finished, you can close Settings if you like.

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OPTION TWO

Change Theme in Themes Settings


1 Open Settings (Win+I).

2 Click/tap on Personalization on the left side, and click/tap on Themes on the right side. (see screenshot below)

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3 Click/tap on an available theme to select and apply it. (see screenshot below)

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4 When finished, you can close Settings if you like.





OPTION THREE

Change Theme in Control Panel


1 Open Run (Win+R).

2 Copy and paste the shell:::{ED834ED6-4B5A-4bfe-8F11-A626DCB6A921} command into Run, and click/tap on OK to open Personalization in the Control Panel.

3 Click/tap on a theme you want to apply under My Themes, Windows Default Themes, or High Contrast Themes. (see screenshot below)

4 When finished, you can close the Control Panel if you like.

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That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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