Customize the Windows 8 Start Screen: Background Theme Color
In the previous post on customizing the Windows 8 Start screen, I covered how to group, arrange and name live tiles on the Windows 8 Start screen. In this post, I’ll vcover how to change the colour and accents used on the background on the Windows 8 Start screen. From what I have been told, the customization options will be expanded greatly when the final version of Windows 8 ships, so this guide will simply cover the Consumer Preview for now.
In the Developer Preview of Windows 8, we had only one color screen to choose from, the default green. In the Consumer Preview, Microsoft has added a larger, albeit still limited, color pallette to choose from when changing the screen background color. To change the background and theme colors for the Windows 8 Start screen, you’ll need to access the ‘PC Settings’ page.
You can find your systems settings by bring up the charms menu. Roll your mouse over to the top or bottom corner of the right-hand side of the screen to access the charms menu and click on the ‘Settings’ icon.
Then select the ‘More PC settings’ link.
On the Settings page, click the ’Personalize’ option on the left-hand sidebar and select ‘ Start Screen’. Use the slider on the color palette to choose which theme you would like to use in Windows 8.
Navigate back to the Start screen by tapping the Windows key on your keyboard or the shortcut in the bottom left-hand corner of the screen.
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