A guide to changing the Desktop Theme on Windows 11



The post guides students and new users on how to customize their Windows 11 interfaces using predefined or store downloaded themes. These themes alter the look of Windows’ background, color, sound, and mouse cursor. The article provides a detailed walkthrough for switching and downloading new themes from the Windows Store, underlining the potential for further…

This post shows students and new users how to download and install new Windows 11 themes to spice things up and make Windows look cool and different.

Windows 11 has predefined desktop themes that one can use to change the look of Windows’ background, color, sound, and mouse cursor. There are themes for different seasons and styles.

Changing the desktop theme in Windows 11 can make your computer look more personalized and visually appealing. With the ability to choose from various predefined themes or download new ones from the Windows store, you can find a theme that suits your style and preferences.

Additionally, changing the desktop theme can help you differentiate between different computers or user accounts, making it easier to identify which one you are using. Learning how to change the desktop theme in Windows 11 can enhance your experience and make using your computer more enjoyable.

To get started with customizing Windows themes, follow the steps below:

How to switch themes in Windows 11

You can view and change Windows’ themes by going to the System settings pane.

Windows 11 has a centralized location for the majority of its settings. Everything can be done, from system configurations to creating new users and updating Windows from its System Settings pane.

To get to System Settings, you can use the Windows key + I shortcut or click on Start ==> Settings, as shown in the image below:

Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar and search for Settings. Then select to open it.

Windows Settings pane should look similar to the image below. In Windows Settings, click Personalization and select Themes on the right pane of your screen, as shown in the image below.

From here, you can select predefined themes that come with Windows. The current default theme in Windows 11 is Windows (light).

There are 6 predefined themes in the Themes section, with Windows light theme as the default. Select any theme other than Windows Light to change it. Their predefined themes combine wallpapers, sounds, and colors, all put together to give your desktop more personality.

Besides these predefined themes, you can further customize each theme’s pieces. For example, you can choose a Windows light theme but change the background picture, the Sounds, or the Mouse cursor and color.

So, all individual settings of a theme can be customized further.

How to download new themes in Windows 11

Although Windows 11 comes with great themes, there are a lot more you can download and get from the Windows store. Windows store allows you to download free and paid themes from private users or groups and further customize your Windows 11 desktop.

With countless themes from the Windows store, you can personalize your desktop with stunning wallpapers, sounds, accent colors, and more.

Select the Browse Themes button from the Theme section to the Windows store.

Browse for themes that will suit your taste and download. You’ll need a Windows account to download themes from the Windows store. Once you select a theme, click the Download button. Sign into your Windows account, which will start the download process.

Once the theme has been downloaded, click Launch. This will open the Windows themes settings pane. Select the downloaded theme and use it in Windows.

Windows should immediately switch to the new theme you downloaded.

Again, if you don’t want to change the entire theme, you can only change the background, color, sound, mouse cursor, and other settings.


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