Themes have been part of Windows ever since Windows 7 and they have been largely ignored by Microsoft ever since. That all changes with the Windows 10 Creators Update though, with support for installing themes via the Windows Store added as a feature, amongst others.
That may not sound like a big deal to some, but for those who like to alter how Windows looks and feels, theming is a big part of using a computer. Microsoft’s inclusion of downloadable themes via the Windows Store is a big deal, even if it has done its best to hide it.
We say that because Microsoft has done a typically poor job of surfacing themes in its own store, and we suspect most people will never know that themes are even available for download. We are here to make sure as many people as possible can get in on the theming fun, so here is what you need to do and where you need to go in order to partake in a spot of Windows 10 theming.
You will need to have the Windows 10 Creators Update installed, but we guess you already knew that.
Step 1: Right-click on the Windows desktop and select Personalize from the menu that pops up. This will then open the Personalization area of the Settings app. Bear with us, we know this isn’t the Windows Store. C- for Microsoft’s discoverability right off the bat.
Step 2: Switch to themes on the left side of the window.
Step 3: Scan the screen for the “Apply a theme” section before clicking on the Get more themes in the Store link. This will, in turn, open the Windows Themes section on Windows Store. See? We told you we know what we’re doing.
Step 4: Here, you will find all the themes you could want and download, complete with thumbnails showing what they will look like once applied.
That’s it; you’re all set to theme away.
To uninstall a downloaded theme, simply switch to another theme, then right-click on the theme you want to remove and select the Delete option.
Really though, Microsoft, do you think you could do a better job of not hiding functionality next time?
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