Andy:  Good Morning Charlie Brown.  You know, you are always talking about enhancing system security or system performance or improving your WiFi network.  These are all fine things.  But I want some suggestions how I can personalize my PC or laptop with colors and pictures for instance.  Any suggestions for me along these lines?

Charlie:  Hi Andy.  You raise some very good points.   I do get a bit carried away with security and performance issues at times.  Today let’s see if I can talk a bit about Windows Customization and Personalization.  My remarks today will cover settings available in Windows 10 for the most part but many of the items that I mention may also be found in other Windows versions.

Andy:   Sounds like a really good topic!  I want to start you off by asking how do I change the size of my Windows or icons or text in the windows or in my web pages.  How do I change sizes?

 Charlie:  That’s the most frequent request that we get.  There are several ways to change sizes of Windows displays.

  • Settings | Display | Scale & Layout
    • Change size of the text, apps and other items
    • Resolution
    • Orientation
  • Settings | Personalization | Fonts
    • Select a font and then move the slide bar to change the size

You also have the ability to change sizes of web pages.  Load a web page with your favorite browser.

  • Settings
    • Zoom to change magnification of the web page content

Andy:  By playing with one or more of these settings I ought to be able to get displays that works for me.  What else can I do to personalize my display?

Charlie:  In the personalization section there are a number of other areas where you can change colors, backgrounds and other features.  Let’s go through them quickly:

  • Background: Can be a picture, solid color or a slide show.  You can pick either a standard Windows picture or your choice of your own pictures.
  • Colors: You can pick an accent color for your background.  Can be either a standard color or your own custom color.
  • Lock Screen: This is the screen shown when you login.  Can be a random picture from MS (Windows Spotlite) that changes every so often.  Can also be a standard Windows picture or a picture of your choice.  There are also Cortana Lock Screen Settings, Screen Timeout and Screen Saver settings that you can change.
  • Themes: A theme involves settings for Background, Color, Sounds and the Mouse cursor.  There are several default themes you can choose from or you can go on-line and download a theme from a third-party provider.
  • Fonts: There are a lot of fonts to choose from and you can select the size you want to see the font displayed in.
  • Start: There are numerous items that you can control on the start screen.  They include:
    • More Tiles
    • App List in Start Menu
    • Recently added apps
    • Most used apps
    • Show suggestions
    • Start full screen
    • Show recently opened items
    • Which folders appear on Start
  • Taskbar: Again, lots of options.  The one that I use most often is Auto Hide taskbar so I can get more display on a normal Windows screen.

Andy:  That’s a quit a lot of options.

Charlie:  You’re right.  We encourage people to play with them.  Only rarely do we see a system where a particular combination of selection of settings has caused system problems.  They’re always fun to go through to get things back to normal.

Andy:  Well if you want help customizing or personalizing your PC or Laptop give Charlie and Dave a call.  They’ve both been working with Windows for more than 20 years and can help you with your Windows questions.  That’s Charlie and Dave at PC Applications, 533-6510, or visit their web site

Charlie:  For Windowss support that is sound, just call Charlie Brown!