Chapter 3: Fine-Tuning Windows Vista’s Appearance and Performance
Choosing and Managing Your Themes
Desktop themes are combinations of the visual and audio elements Windows Vista
uses to set the appearance of menus, icons, backgrounds, screensavers, system
sounds, and mouse pointers. The default themes your computer uses are based on
the user experience level.
Saving your customized settings
As you customize the backgrounds, screensavers, system sounds, and mouse point-
ers your computer uses, you modify the default theme; you can then save these mod-
ified settings together as a new theme by following these steps:
1. Right-click an open area of the desktop and then select Personalize. In the Per-
sonalization console, click Theme.
2. In the Theme Settings dialog box, shown in Figure 3-18, click Save As and then
use the Save As dialog box to save the theme. Theme definition files end with the
.theme file extension. Unless deleted in the future, the custom theme will appear
as an option in the Theme listbox.
Figure 3-17. Configuring your computer’s mouse pointers