Can I Personalize The Background Of The Start Screen In Windows 8/ 8.1?

Last Update date : 2014.09.24

Personalizing Start Screen in Windows 8/8.1


You can change the background color and pattern of the Start Screen in Windows 8 and 8.1.


To personalize the Start Screen background, locate your OS and follow the steps below.


You can also click here and watch a personalization video on Microsoft's support site.


Windows 8


    1. Press the Windows key and C key or place your cursor in the top right corner of the screen, to open the Charms menu.


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    2. Select Settings from the Charms menu.


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    3. Click on Change PC Settings in the lower right corner.


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    4. Under PC settings, select Personalize.


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    5. Click on the Start screen header.


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    6. Under Start Screen, there is a list of preset Start Screen designs. Click on the box that you like to select the design.


NOTE: At this time Microsoft only allows you to select from their preset selection. While you can add your own photo to the desktop or Lock screen, Windows 8 does not allow you to set your own photo as the Start Screen background.


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    7. Under the preset designs is a bar of colors. Select the color that you would prefer for the Start Screen.

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Windows 8.1


    1. Press the windows key + C key to open the Charms menu.


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    2. Select Settings from the Charms menu.


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    3. Click on Personalize near the top of the Settings pane.


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    4. Under Personalize, there is a list of preset Start Screen designs. Click on the box that you like to select the design.


NOTE: The last option, from the designs, is your desktop background. Therefore, if you would like a personal picture or image as your Start Screen background, set it as your desktop background and then select this image using the steps above.


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    5. Under the preset designs are the color options. Select a color for your background and accent color (if applicable) from the color bar, highlighted below. Once you have selected a color, use the boxes above the color bar to select a shade of your chosen color.


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