This applet lets you customize the overall look of your Windows 8 system.
You can change various aspect of the system, like, the window colors, background picture, screen saver, sound themes, etc.
The main page lists your current theme, as well as several pre-defined themes.
If you don’t want to get into the hassle of personalizing the interface yourself, then you can just select one of those themes.
The main page also gives access to the customizations of individual components of the system.
You can either select a single picture or a collection of pictures for the background. In case of multiple pictures, Windows will start a slideshow, for which you can specify the time duration between two pictures, as well as opt to randomize the pictures.
You can specify how the picture will position itself.
You can specify the color of the system and application windows.
As shown in the image, you can select a color for the windows. You can also specify if you want to make the windows transparent so as to give them a glassy look.
You can change the intensity of the selected color. Also, you can create your own custom color by using the color mixer.
A screen saver launches when your system becomes idle for specific time duration.
You can select one of the provided screen savers. You can also check how it looks like before setting one. You can specify the time duration for which the system should idle so that the screen saver can launch.
You can specify some desktop icons that always remain on desktop and can’t be removed through a normal delete operation.
The following icons can be permanently placed on the desktop.
You can also change the icon of the above mentioned places.
Mouse shows different pointer under a specific event or activity. For example, it shows an animated, revolving circle when the system is busy doing something. It changes into a double-ended arrow so that you can resize a window.
You can specify the shapes of mouse pointers for each individual event through this applet.
Windows provides several pre-defined pointer schemes. Besides that, you may also install new schemes, or create custom schemes based on the existing schemes.
You can also change the icon for a specific event in a scheme.