How to Change Windows 11 Themes

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This post shows students and new users how to download and install new Windows 11 themes to spice things up a bit and make Windows to look cool and different.

Windows 11 comes with predefined desktop themes that one can use to changes the look of Windows’ background, color, sound and mouse cursor. There are themes for different seasons and styles. If you want to make your PC look a bit different, you use Windows predefined themes or download some from Windows store to fit your style.

The new Windows 11, which will probably be generally available to everyone later this year, will come with many new features and enhancements that may make some students and new users uncomfortable. Some things and settings have changed so much that folks will have to learn new ways of using Windows.

Some of the legacy features from previous versions of Windows that’s also in Windows 11 is the ability to download and customize Windows themes based on seasons and style. You can also download custom themes and use in Windows 11.

Also, if you’re a student or new user and you want to learn how to use Windows, the easiest place to start is Windows 11. Windows 11 is a major release of the Windows NT operating system developed by Microsoft. Windows 11 is the successor to Windows 10 and it’s expected to be released later this year.

To get started with customizing Windows themes, follow the steps below:

How to switch themes in Windows 11

You can view and change Windows’ themes by going to the System settings pane.

Windows 11 has a centralized location for majority of its settings. From system configurations to creating new users and updating Windows, all can be done from its System Settings pane.

To get to System Settings, you can use the Windows key + i shortcut or click on Start ==> Settings as shown in the image below:

windows 11 start settings

Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar and search for Settings. Then select to open it.

Windows Settings pane should look similar to the image below. In Windows Settings, click Personalization, select Themes on the right pane of your screen shown in the image below.

windows 11 themes update

From here you can select predefined themes that come with Windows. The current default theme in Windows 11 is Windows (light).

There are 6 predefined themes available in the Themes section with Windows light theme being the default. Select any theme other than Windows light to change it. There predefined themes are combination of wallpapers, sounds, colors all put together to give your desktop more personality.

windows current theme selection

Besides these predefined themes, you can further customize each theme individual pieces. For example, you can choose Windows light theme, but change the background picture or change the Sounds or the Mouse cursor and color as well.

So all individual settings of a theme can further be customized.

windows theme personality change

How to download new themes in Windows 11

Although Windows 11 comes with great themes, there are lot more you can download and get from Windows store. Windows store allows you to download free as well as paid themes from private users or groups and further customize your Windows 11 desktop.

With countless themes from Windows store, you can personalize your desktop with dazzling wallpapers, sounds, accent colors and more.

From the Theme section, select Browse themes button to go to Windows store.

windows 11 browse theme from store

Browse for themes that will suit your taste and download. You’ll need a Windows account to download themes from Windows store. Once you select a theme, click the Download button. Sign into Windows account which will start the download process.

windows 11 browse store for themes

Once the theme has downloaded, click Launch. This will open Windows themes settings pane. Select the downloaded theme and use in Windows.

launch windows theme from store

Windows should immediately switch to the new theme you downloaded.

downloaded windows 11 themes

Again, if you don’t want to change the entire theme, you can choose to only change the background, color, sound mouse cursor and other individual settings.


This post showed you how to change Windows 11 theme to personalize your desktop. If you find any error above, please use the form below to report.

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