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How to change the Windows 10 theme

Learn how to change the Windows 10 theme quickly and easily, to one of these themes with amazing photography.
Want a new Windows 10 theme?

Windows 10 desktop themes can massively change the look and feel of your computer by using a series of hand-picked wallpapers and changing your desktop's color scheme. Some of them even add new sounds! In this post you'll learn:

  • How to change the Windows 10 theme.
  • Where to find new themes in the Microsoft Store.
  • Five great themes you can use in Windows 10.
  • Where the Windows 10 themes are stored on your computer.

How to change the Windows 10 theme

Before looking for some new themes, you'll need to know how to apply a theme in Windows 10. To change your current theme into another, follow the steps below.

  1. Click on the Start button.
  2. Click on the Settings icon.
    Navigating to Settings in Windows 10 1903
    Click on the Start button and click on the Settings button in Windows 10
  3. Navigate to Personalization.
    Get to Personalization in Windows 10
    Click on the Personalization icon in the Settings
  4. Click on Themes.
    Changing Theme in Windows 10
    Click on Themes
  5. As you scroll down, you will see the themes that are already installed. Click Windows 10 theme that you want to use.
    Changing a Theme in Windows 10
    Click on one of the themes to switch to it in Windows 10

Where to find themes in the Microsoft Store

If you don't have any themes installed, click on the link Get more themes in Microsoft Store from the Themes page in your Windows 10 Personalization settings.

How to change windows 10 theme
How to change the Windows 10 theme

Alternatively, take a look at the incredible themes below and follow their link directly to the theme on the Microsoft Store.

5 stunning Windows 10 themes from the Microsoft Store

Cherry blossoms Windows 10 theme

Best windows 10 desktop themes

A huge number of people love landscapes and trees as backgrounds on their computers. It makes sense - it gives computer users a feeling of outdoors and space when they are stuck in front of their monitor. This Cherry Blossoms theme stands out from the rest – not only because of how beautiful it is but also because of the unique Japanese scenery. it includes wallpapers of cherry blossom trees in various locations, including in front of Mount Fuji. See the Cherry Blossoms desktop theme on the Microsoft Store

Amazon rainforest Windows 10 theme

Best Windows 10 desktop themes

Green is a very relaxing color for our eyes, and the forest setting helps us feel like we are outside in the fresh air. The greenery and waterfalls in the Amazon offer unique and breathtaking views. See the Amazon Rainforest Windows 10 theme on the Microsoft Store The Worldwide Parks Windows 10 theme has a fabulous selection of photos from national parks from countries around the world.

Melting ice theme for Windows 10

Best Windows 10 desktop themes

If you like macro photography and cool colors, then you'll love this one. The photography is unique and amazingly sharp.

See the Melting Ice Windows 10 theme on the Microsoft Store

Some other incredible themes with macro photography include:

Dogs in summer  - the cutest animal theme for Windows 10

Best Windows 10 desktop themes

Dogs are man's best friend, and super cute! This theme is packed with photos of happy, playful dogs in great locations and in the perfect weather.

See the Dogs in Summer Windows 10 theme on the Microsoft Store

Maybe you're more of a cat person? Or perhaps you want something a bit wilder? The following themes are definitely worth a look:

Cityscapes theme for Windows 10

Best Windows 10 desktop themes

Not a country person? Sick of all of the pretty nature themes? Cityscapes to the rescue! This theme includes 20 cityscape photos, taken by the Microsoft community: ports, skylines, massive bridges, and more!

See the Cityscapes Windows 10 theme on the Microsoft Store

Where are the Windows 10 themes stored?

By default, the Windows 10 themes cycle through their wallpapers randomly. You can, however, access the individual wallpaper images through the Windows command prompt.

  1. Open the Windows search bar and type Run.
    Run cmd in Windows 10
    Type cmd in the search bar and press Enter
  2. Click on the result or hit Enter
  3. Copy and paste this line into the prompt: %LocalAppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Themes
    Run a command in cmd
    Find your backgrounds in Windows 10 via the cmd prompt.
  4. Press Enter.
  5. You'll see all of your themes and the images they use as wallpapers. Find the image you want to use as your static (non-changing) background. Right click on it and select Set as Desktop Background.
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