Select one of the background choices or change the background or accent colors. Figure : Personalizing the Start screen background and colors Changing the Windows 8 Desktop Use the following steps to personalize your Windows Desktop experience. Changing the Windows 8 Desktop background To change the pattern or wallpaper on the Windows Desktop, follow these steps: Right-click an empty area of the Desktop, and then click Personalize. Figure : Personalize Click Desktop Background to open the settings window. Figure : Personalization window To change the Desktop image, select one of the standard backgrounds, or click Browse and navigate to a picture stored on the computer.
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Select one of the background choices or change the background or accent colors. Figure : Personalizing the Start screen background and colors Changing the Windows 8 Desktop Use the following steps to personalize your Windows Desktop experience. Changing the Windows 8 Desktop background To change the pattern or wallpaper on the Windows Desktop, follow these steps: Right-click an empty area of the Desktop, and then click Personalize.
Figure : Personalize Click Desktop Background to open the settings window. Figure : Personalization window To change the Desktop image, select one of the standard backgrounds, or click Browse and navigate to a picture stored on the computer. To use a personal picture as a background, save the picture in a file format with one of the following extensions:.
Select more than one picture to create a Desktop background slide show. If creating a slide show, choose how often the pictures change. After making the adjustments, click OK to save the settings and close the Display Properties window. Changing the Windows 8 Desktop icons To adjust the size of the icons: Right-click an open area of the Desktop and click View. Click Large icons, Medium icons, or Small icons. Figure : Adjust icon size note: You can quickly adjust the size of all icons by clicking the Desktop and pressing and holding the CTRL key and using the scroll wheel on the mouse.
To adjust the size and font of the icon text, use the next section: Changing the appearance of windows and text. To change a folder name on the desktop: Right-click the icon for the folder, and then click Rename. Type the new name and press Enter. Figure : Rename To create a new folder on the desktop: Right-click an open area of the desktop, click New, and then click Folder. Figure : New Folder Pinning a folder or file to the Windows 8 Start Screen Pin a folder or file to the Start screen as follows: From Windows desktop view or from File Explorer, right-click the icon of the folder or file you want to pin to the Start menu.
Select Pin to Start Figure : Pin new folder to the start screen Changing the appearance of windows colors in Windows 8 You can use the Color and Appearance window to determine the colors that Windows uses for the default task bar, window border, and title bar color. To change the color, follow these steps: Right-click the Desktop background, and click Personalize. Click Color Automatic.
Figure : Windows 8 Color Select a color from the color pallet, or click Show color mixer and create your own color. Adjusting the brightness of the screen in Windows 8 To adjust the screen brightness from the settings in the Charms menu, follow these instructions. On the Start screen move the cursor to the upper right corner to open the Charms menu.
Click Settings. Figure : Charms menu Click Brightness. If brightness is unavailable, see the instructions to adjust the brightness from HP My Display. Figure : Settings Click the slider and drag it up or down to adjust the brightness of the screen. After clicking Settings in the Charms menu, if it shows Brightness as Unavailable, continue with these instructions. Click Adjust. Figure : HP My Display Mode screen To adjust the brightness of the screen, click and drag the slider to the desired brightness.
Figure : Adjust screen Advanced display settings in Windows 8 note: Your computer may have more tabs than those listed here. Many video card manufacturers provide settings designed for their video hardware.
These extra settings vary by the type of video hardware used and are not discussed here. Follow these steps to open the advanced display settings. Right-click an empty area of the Desktop, and then click Personalize. Click Display to open the Display window. Click Change display settings to open the Display Settings window. Figure : Change display settings Figure : Display Settings Adapter advanced display settings in Windows 8 Properties: Click the Properties button to access the hardware properties for your video card or on-board video hardware.
This properties window can also be accessed through Device Manager. List all Modes: Lists all the supported graphic resolutions and refresh rates that can be sent to the monitor by the video card or on-board video hardware. You can use the list of valid modes to find a mode that is compatible with the monitor you are using. After finding a compatible mode, you can change the refresh rate from the Monitor tab, and the display resolution from the Settings tab of the basic display properties window.
Figure : Adapter tab Monitor advanced display settings in Windows 8 Properties: Click the Properties button to access the hardware properties for your monitor. Screen refresh rate: Determines how many times the monitor displays an entire screen in one second.
Higher refresh rates may be more pleasing to the eye, but cause the video hardware to work harder and use more resources. Select a lower rate that is compatible with the adapter.
If you can detect minute flickering or the change bothers your eyes, try adjusting the rate to the next available higher rate. Never exceed the rate available to the monitor. Changing the refresh rate to a rate that the monitor cannot accept may permanently damage some monitors. Colors: To change the number of colors, select a color setting from the Colors list. For the best compatibility, select True Color bit if it is available.
You can however select lower settings if colors are incorrect when using a particular software application. Figure : Monitor tab Using a screen saver in Windows 8 Windows is preloaded with a number of screen savers. Screen savers help prevent stationary images from burning a ghost image into the phosphors of CRT monitors. They are also used to show entertainment when the computer is not being used.
To change the screen saver, follow these steps: Right-click an empty area of the Desktop, and then click Personalize. Click Screen Saver. Select the screen saver to be used from the menu.
Figure : Screen Saver Settings Click Settings to open a setting window for the selected screen saver if settings are available. Click Preview to see how the screen saver appears on the computer screen.
Move the mouse to return to the Display Properties panel when finished previewing the screen saver. Select the number of minutes in the Wait field. This is the number of minutes of inactivity that needs to pass before the screen saver opens. Select On resume, display logon screen if you want the logon screen to open when anyone attempts to use the computer after the screen saver opens.
Click OK to save the settings and close the Display Properties window.
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