Microsoft changed the way basic themes are delivered in Windows 7. The new theme engine basically provides the themes as .theme files that just need to be double-clicked to be installed and activated on the system. Normally when you want to change themes in Windows, you would right-click on the desktop, select personalize from the options, wait for the the personalization control panel applet to load, to select the theme that you want to activate with a single left-click on the theme's listing.
You can alternatively click on Start > Control Panel and open the personalization applet from there.
If you are switching themes regularly, you may prefer a faster way of doing so. Instead of having to go through a series of menus to switch to another theme, you can simply use theme shortcuts to do so. One option here is to place theme shortcuts on the desktop or another location that you have access to so that you can quickly switch to themes from that location.
Here is how it works:
All you need to do then is to double-click the theme shortcut to switch to it in the operating system.
Please note that this is only working under Windows 7 or newer versions of the Windows operating system. Have another theme related tip? Share it in the comments.
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