Changing the Default Theme

Now that we have covered the elements that can be part of a theme, let's take a look at changing the theme. Open the Display Properties dialog box (right-click the desktop and then select Properties).

Make sure the Themes tab is selected. Click the Theme drop-down box (see Figure 3.10) and select a new theme. Depending on the elements that were part of the theme (a style, a color scheme, a sound scheme, mouse pointers, and so on), these elements will be changed.

Figure 3.10. Select a new Windows theme.

If you haven't downloaded or created any themes and only have the Windows Classic theme to work with, only the style (which handles window, taskbar, and Start menu attributes), color scheme, and background (no background is selected) are changed. The icon mouse pointers, the sound scheme, and the screensaver remain the default (meaning the same as Luna).

Although not a really dramatic change, switching from the Luna theme to the Windows Classic theme does change the overall look of the Windows interface. You can download and create themes that alter the interface to a greater degree and include all the elements we discussed earlier in the chapter.

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    Skinning Windows XP
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