Ways to Change the Look and Feel of Windows 10

Ways to Change the Look and Feel of Windows 10

Windows 10 comes with lots of features, and you can personalize the look and feel. There are many ways you can tweak your Windows to fell, look and even behave the way you want. Finding all the ways to customize the PC can be a daunting task so here is a list of five easy ways to personalize your Windows experience. They include:

  1. Customizing the Start menu
  2. Setting Default apps
  3. Setting icons
  4. Default save locations
  5. Quick access

1. Customizing the start menu

You can choose to remove some parts of the menus or just resize it by dragging the edge of the menu using the mouse. What is your take on the tiles? You can do any of the following depending on your preference;

Remove tiles

There is no option to remove all tiles at once so you need to right click on each individual tile and select the ‘unpin from start’ option. Once you remove all the tiles, the start menu will look like the good old Windows 7 menu.

Resize the tiles

If you right click on the tile it avails three options:

  • Unpin from start, which removes tiles from start.
  • Resize to make the tiles smaller, bigger, wider, or medium.
  • ‘More’ is the third option. Click on it and you will get the options to pin the tile to the taskbar or turn live tile off.

Add the tiles

You can also add tiles to start by dragging icons and dropping them on the menu. Extend the start area by clicking the mouse on the edge and dragging upward or outwards.

Another way to customize both the visuals and navigation is to download beautiful themes that include premium skins for the ultimate personalized experience.

2. Setting default apps

Windows come with various default apps like Microsoft Edge and Windows media player. They might not be your preferred applications, for instance, Windows media more player does not offer many functionalities that you can get with other media players such as playing .avi and .flv files.

To set a different application as the default for media files or any other types of files, right click on a single file. Scroll to the ‘open with’ option and it will give you a list of other apps. Choose the app you want to set as default and then look at the bottom of the list. You will see a box with the words ‘always open this type of file using this program’ beside it. Click on the box and then click ‘ok.’

To set another browser as a default, you need to navigate to its settings. You will find an option that lets you set the browser as the default for accessing the internet.

3. Setting icons

What if you want a better visual experience with customized icons? There is a way to set that up too. Windows has a variety of icons and you can access them by typing ‘desktop icon settings’ in your search bar. One of the results you will see is ‘themes and related settings’. Click on this result and to the left side of the settings, you will see ‘desktop icon settings’ under ‘related settings.’

If you click on the desktop icon settings, you will find options on what desktop icons to change or restore default. You can also download some cool Windows 10 icons Set.

4. Default save locations

The default save locations for media and other types of files usually sets to Local Disk C. This is not always good because this is the boot partition. You can set downloads, photos and any other types of files to go to a separate partition. To do so, you need to go to the browser settings and change the default download location.

The same applies to pictures and documents that you may create. When you choose to save, set the default destination to a different disk partition.

5. Quick access

You probably have those files you often access, whether they contain your favorite songs, videos or a project you’re working on. The quick access feature in Windows 10 ensures that you do not have to take a longer route to finding such folders. You can access them with a single click using the quick access feature.

To set up a file or folder for quick access, simply go to the file and right click. It will give you the option to pin it to quick access. You can also arrange the order in the quick access to decide which files go on top.


The above methods do not spell out all the customization options. Windows has many more features that you can take advantage of to personalize your PC. If you opt to download images and themes, ensure you visit safe sites and protect your PC with a robust antivirus program as you never know where malware lurks.

Also, avoid using the registry to change settings unless you know what you are doing well enough.

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