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How to change Windows 8.1 Start screen colors and patterns

Although Windows 8.1 is just an update, it might also feel like a new operating system to some users, because Microsoft has added, improved, and relocated many features. One of these changes includes how to personalize the Start screen.

Before users needed to go to the PC Settings, but now these settings has been relocated to the Settings menu. This means that to change patterns, background, and accent colors on the Start screen in Windows 8.1, now requires to go to Start, use the Windows 8 Key +I keyboard shortcut, and click or tap Personalize.

New option to personalize the Start screen in Windows 8.1 462_wide

The settings location isn’t the only thing that has changed with Windows 8.1, you can also notice that in this new update, Microsoft has included new options that let users to choose from virtually any color and now there are new patterns to select from. One option missing from this menu, perhaps one important, is the ability to set the desktop background on Start, which is located in the Taskbar and Navigation properties.

It actually makes more sense the new placement, but not to get confused, the Settings menu is location oriented, meaning that you have to be on the Start screen to do this. From other locations it will not work, such as from the desktop you’ll see the Personalization option, but this is to change aspects of the desktop, and from other apps you won’t see these new options.

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  • Andrew Figueroa

    Good morning,

    I’m not understanding or getting results with and I quote ‘use the +I keyboard shortcut

    • http://pureinfotech.com/ Mauro

      Hi Andrew,

      You might have to refresh the page, in the empty space should be a Windows Logo icon. e.g., Windows Logo Key + I keyboard shortcut.

      Thanks,

  • Andrew Figueroa

    Thanks for responding so quickly, is it a small capital L or I and do I hold both the windows logo in the bottom left hand corner of my screen and the other key at the same time? thanks for your patience in advance, Andrew

    • http://pureinfotech.com/ Mauro

      Press and hold the Windows Logo Key from the keyboard and then press the “i” key.

      Thanks,

  • Andrew Figueroa

    thanks, but I get is the ‘personalization’ for the background themes and windows border colors, not the screen that is pictured in your article, sorry, may be that a bit too slow.

    • http://pureinfotech.com/ Mauro

      The Settings menu on the right is sensitive to where you are standing. To view the Start screen settings, you have to be on the Start screen, then use the keyboard shortcut I mentioned earlier.

      Thanks,

  • Andrew Figueroa

    YOU ARE THE BEST< thank you, got it! it worked this time!! hallelujah! Happy 4th to you!

  • JJ

    THANK YOU SO, SO, SO MUCH! I COULDN’T FIGURE OUT HOW TO CHANGE IT! You saved my life, thanks sooooo much! <3