How to change the Windows 10 theme

Windows 10 is versatile when it comes to customization, and changing its theme lets you modify several of its elements at the same time. You can change the background, the color, the sound, and the mouse cursor whenever you choose a new theme. This tutorial illustrates how to change the theme on your Windows 10 computer or device:

NOTE: The features presented are available in Windows 10 November 2019 Update or newer. If you're using an older version of Windows 10, you might not have access to all the features. Check your Windows 10 build and, if necessary, get the latest Windows 10 update available for you.

First things first: What is a Windows 10 theme?

A theme is a collection of settings that you can apply in order to change visual and sound aspects in Windows 10. While most themes we came across only alter the color scheme and wallpapers used by Windows 10, some can also change the sound scheme, the mouse cursor's appearance, and even standard desktop icons.

Themes alter several settings

More importantly, you can save your favorite groups of settings as themes, switch between them at will, and even sync settings to apply your theme to other Windows 10 devices.

Keep in mind that the Dark Mode and Light Mode features introduced with Windows 10 are also influenced and can be altered by your chosen theme.

How to change the theme in Windows 10

To access the themes available in Windows 10, we found it easiest to first right-click or press-and-hold on a free area of the desktop, and then go to Personalize in the contextual menu.

Click or tap on Personalize from the contextual menu

This opens the Personalization settings. Click or tap on the Themes tab from the column on the left.

Access Themes

At the top of the Themes tab, you can see the elements that make up your Current theme - in our case, called Custom. Scroll down to the Change theme section underneath to discover all the themes available on your Windows 10 computer or device.

See the themes available in Windows 10

All you need to do in order to apply a new theme is to click or tap on it - we selected the Flowers theme. It might take a few seconds, but you should first see your new desktop wallpaper applied, and then a few other elements of your interface might change colors. Scroll up again to see the key elements that make up the new Windows 10 theme.

Press on a theme to apply it

That is all. Close Settings and enjoy your new theme!

How to get a new theme in Windows 10

If none of the available themes are to your liking, you can install and use new ones. As an alternative to the path in the previous section, you can open Windows 10's Settings and go to "Personalization -> Themes." In the Change theme section, you might have noticed the "Get more themes in Microsoft Store" link. Click or tap on it.

Click or tap on Get more themes in Microsoft Store

This opens the Microsoft Store, showing the available Windows Themes.

Discover new Windows themes

Scroll through the available options until something catches your eye. Then, click or tap on the theme to open its page in the Microsoft Store. Considering we woke up to eight inches of snow today, we decided Chilly Morning was an appropriate theme.

Press on a theme to learn more about it

You can scroll through the information available on the theme's page to learn more about it and preview some of its wallpapers. When you've made up your mind, click or tap on Get.

Press Get to install the theme

Wait for a couple of seconds while the theme is downloaded and installed. A progress bar on top keeps you apprised of the progress.

Wait for the theme to download and install

When the installation process is complete, your new theme becomes available in the Change theme section, and you can click or tap on it to apply it, as previously illustrated.

Click or tap on the new theme to use it

Enjoy your new Windows 10 theme!

Did you find any exciting themes in the Microsoft Store?

Themes are a great way to try out different looks for your Windows 10 interface. We found some amazing ones in the Microsoft Store, such as Cobwebs or Abstract Bubbles. What about you? What themes did you find interesting? Share your findings in the comments below.

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