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Windows 7 Walkthrough: Appearance and Personalization Control Panel

Windows 7 Walkthrough: Appearance and Personalization Control Panel

Windows 7’s Control Panel is literally packed with tools (a.k.a. applets) that allow you to configure and control the way that the operating system works. Because the Control Panel has so many tools, Microsoft added a Search box to make it easy for you to find the tool that you need for a particular task.

To help you become familiar with all of the tools that are available in Windows 7’s Control Panel, I have created the Windows 7 Walkthrough series in which I’ll show you and provide a brief overview of each tool in the Control Panel categories. This one covers the tools in the Appearance and Personalization category.

Keep in mind that I’ll be using the Ultimate edition of Windows 7, which contains some features not available in other editions of the operating system.

About

Greg Shultz is a freelance Technical Writer. Previously, he has worked as Documentation Specialist in the software industry, a Technical Support Specialist in educational industry, and a Technical Journalist in the computer publishing industry.

8 comments
robefisk
robefisk

When I try to reply all I get is a blank screen....Why?

raylynnnissen
raylynnnissen

I do not have Appearance&Personalization in my control panel.How can I install this or get it installed

dogknees
dogknees

When are we going to get a full customize screen just like the Windows 95 one where we can change the fonts and colors for all the elements of the screen? Regardless of whether it's running Aero or not. Choosing a color scheme just isn't the same.

kryten2x4p
kryten2x4p

Has dreamscene been done away with. I think I might miss that flowing stream if it has. I have 7 ultimate, but it'll probably be a few months til I complete new machine.

dtr_z
dtr_z

OS is just way too fat with things that do not count for performing ones work. Sheeeesh. How about an OS that just runs applications and permits add ons as wanted for all the other stuff. Best thing about Win 7 is the legacy feature. Graphics are really poor and not close to the Mac for design quality.

garry.gramm
garry.gramm

So on a first pass through Windows7 after installing it, the appearance of Windows Explorer has changed significantly, with categories appearing at the top. How can I make the appearance of Window Explorr revert back to the way it was in XP. I have no use for the current appearance.

Unitxxx
Unitxxx

Dreamscene is gone from W7 but is now compatible via www.Stardock.com

PoppaTab
PoppaTab

Hello, On windows 7 pro I have windows explorer pinned to the task bar. You can also right-click the start button and click on windows explorer. Once windows explorer is open you can click on the down arrow on the organize button to show and not show a number of things which includes the tool bar where you choose to display the tool bar and such items. You can also look at the default tool bar on top and access a few options. The organize button is where I found I could display the folder tree look on the left. I feel as though you can have the XP features and have it your way. I happen to like windows 7 obviously. I have XP on the machine as well, but I really don't like booting into XP. Then again; I like to try new things which is why I participate in beta programs like Office 2010 plus. :) I'm a PC!