Let's face it, today we spend a lot of time in front of our computer screens: turning snapshots and home movies into photo albums and interesting videos; keeping in touch with friends and family through email or social media; doing some bookwork or just relaxing by playing our favorite games. Why not make that space you are staring at for so long fit your own personality better?
The Graphical User Interface (or GUI) of today's computers make getting these machines to do what we want them to easier than ever before. We've come a long way since the days of black screens and lines and lines of command prompts. Still, even the fanciest GUI's that they come up with get tiresome after a while. Why? Because they were designed by someone else and approved by a committee. They don't really appeal to us.
It's really easy to change the desktop background on your screen. Many of us do it on a regular basis, putting our favorite photos of our family, friends, pets, cartoon characters etc. in place of what came with the system when we got it. It's as easy as right clicking on almost any picture (as long as it's not protected somehow) and left clicking on "Set as desktop background". You can even do it with a folder of images and set it to change from one picture to the next in the folder over time on some of the newer systems like Vista and Windows 7.
But, did you know that you can change the whole look of your desktop without downloading anything? Right click on any 'blank' space on your desktop. When the dialog box pops up, left click on "Personalize". What you see next depends on which version of Windows you have. In Windows Vista, which I have (as I'm always a couple of Operating Systems (OS) behind the newest ones, waiting for the new ones to have all the bugs worked out of them before I try them), you then left click on "Windows Color and Appearance". In the dialog box that pops up, left click on the words "Windows Classic" and then left click on "Advanced" in the lower right corner of the box. You can then change the colors of the backgrounds, 3d objects, window frames, active and inactive window headers (very helpful to make them different colors or shades so you can tell which is active), etc. You can even make the scroll bars and arrow buttons bigger or smaller as well as changing the size and design of the words' fonts. When you are happy with it, just left click "Apply" and wait a minute or two (depending on how fast your processor is). If it get's too weird looking and you need to start over, just left click on 'Windows Classic' or any of the other options in that dialog box that we had open earlier to undo your funky changes.
With a bit of experimentation, you'll find a look that not only gives you a break from the same old same old, it may also make your Windows compatible programs easier to use as these changes will effect all of the GUI in your computer and most of the programs you use. You can also make changes like this in some of the web browsers (that thing you clicked on to get on the internet and see my blog post: maybe Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari etc) These changes we've made will affect some of what you see on Internet Explorer since it's part of your OS.
There are all sorts of things you can change about how your computer works and we'll be able to come to your place and help you with that as well as the rest of your home or office soon.