Windows 8 Personalization Settings
We have already covered the desktop personalization settings. Now the tutorial will cover the Screen Saver, Color, and Mouse Pointers.
Personalization settings are a way to make your computer look and feel more like your own. You can customize the look, feel and actions of your computer to meet your needs and personality.
A screen saver is a program which displays either a completely black image or a constantly changing image on a computer monitor to prevent a stationary image from "burning" into the phosphor of the screen. Screen savers usually start automatically after the computer has had no user input for a preset time.
If you have exited out of the Personalization settings window go to your desktop, right click and select Personalize.
Click the Screen Saver Link in the Personalization window.
You can see the many options for screen savers by clicking the drop down menu in the screen saver section. By default it will be set to blank. This will just show a black screen when no input is received.
The first selection is 3D Text. Click on this selection then click the settings button. This will open 3D Test Settings window. In this window you can customize the text that you would like to scroll across your screen when it has been left idle.
Some will put a company name or an inspirational message. Type the text you would like to display in the Custom text field. You can change the resolution and size of the text by sliding the bar back and forth. To do this click on the bar hold the mouse button down and move the mouse right or left to the setting you would like.
Click on Choose Font to personalize the font style. Scroll through the selections and click on your choice. You can preview what your text will look like in the Sample section as you click on the options. Once you have made your choice click OK to return to the 3D Test Settings window.
Motion in the Rotation window will give you several option on how the text will move on your screen. Use the drop down arrow in the Motion section to make your selection. To change the speed of the motion of the text slide the Rotation speed bar.
Surface Style is where you can change the color of the text or choose a texture or reflection. When you have made your selection it will darken the check box selections for you to customize it. Anything unselected will be left gray and unavailable for modification.
When you are finished editing your text click OK to return to the Screen Saver Settings window.
The Bubbles selection on the Screen Saver selections will just float bubbles over whatever screen you have open. Mystify and Ribbons will change the screen to color patterns that fill your screen.
Just like the Desktop many people like to have a slideshow of photos for their screen saver. To choose this selection click Photos from the drop down menu then click the settings button.
In the Photos Screen Saver Settings window click Browse. Select the folder you would like to pull the pictures from. Choose the speed and I prefer to shuffle my pictures so check the box next to Shuffle pictures and click Save to return to the Screen Saver Settings window.
Once you have made your selection click on it and click the Preview button.
Your screen saver will appear on your screen until you move your mouse or press a button on your keyboard.
The timing before your screen saver comes on can change where it says Wait under the screen saver drop down menu. You can change this by clicking on the up and down arrows with your left mouse button.
You don't want the time to be too long because that defeats the purpose of the screen saver. Set the Wait time between 1 and 15 minutes. Click OK when you are finished making your changes and you will return to the Personalization window.
Once you are back at the Personalization window click on Change Mouse Pointers.
The Mouse Pointers link is a great tool if you have trouble seeing the cursor or are left handed.
In the Scheme section click the drop down arrow and you can choose a style for your cursor.
If you have trouble seeing select one that has extra large in parentheses. In the customize section you can change each individual cursor by clicking on it and clicking browse.
Now click the Buttons Tab in the Mouse Properties Window.
If you are left handed you can click the left handed radio button in the Button Configuration section of the Button Tab.
This will reverse the function of the left and right buttons on your mouse so you can put your mouse on the left side of your computer.
If you have trouble with double clicking play with the slider in the Double Click Speed section of the Button Tab. Move the slider either faster or slower and then try double clicking on the folder to the right of the slider until you feel comfortable with the speed.
If you have trouble holding the mouse button down due to carpal tunnel or arthritis the Click Lock section will help you. Click lock allows you to highlight or drag objects without having to hold the mouse button down. If you would like to use this option check the box then click settings.
Choose how long you need to hold the mouse button down before locking the cursor in place so you can highlight. When you have made your selection click OK to return to the Mouse Properties Button Tab.
To use the Click Lock function place your cursor or pointer over the object and hold the mouse button down just a little longer than a regular click. This will lock the pointer in that location and the pointer will move with the motion of your mouse without having to hold the mouse button down.
If you made any changes click Apply then Click the Pointer Options Tab. If no changes were made simply click the Pointer Tab.
The first section is Motion. If you find that the mouse pointer moves to fast and you have trouble getting it to stop where you want drag the slider toward slow to slow the mouse down. Play with the slider for a minute to see how it affects your mouse pointer.
In the last section of the Pointer Options tab, Visibility you will see check boxes, the first check box puts a tail on your mouse pointer that will trail behind the pointer as you move it across the screen. The next check box will hide the mouse pointer when you are typing. Some people like this and some don't. If your pointer gets in the way of you reading while you are typing check this box. If not I would leave it unchecked.
The last button is useful if you are a person that has trouble finding the mouse pointer. When this button is checked you can press the CTRL key on your keyboard and a bulls eye will appear around your pointer to make it easier to find.
Click the OK button to return to the Personalization Window. Click the Red X in the upper right corner to close Personalization and complete this tutorial. That concludes this tutorial on personalizing your computer. Thank you for reading.