Windows® Vista Desktop
Tips to improve desktop appearance on Windows Vista-based system
Windows Vista®, developed by Microsoft®, includes many new features like an updated graphical user interface, visual style, and multimedia tools like Windows® DVD maker, redesigned search function and networking. Windows Vista helps in increasing the communication level between machines. It helps in simplifying file sharing and media between computers by using the peer-to-peer technology. Windows Vista with its new security and functional is extremely beneficial for both, home and professional users. Once the computer is turned on and logged on to Windows®, the main screen area that one notices is the desktop. All the programs or folders when opened appear on the desktop. Files, folders, etc. can also be arranged and put on the desktop.
Several factors influence the display of your computer along with its quality. Desktop appearance of Windows Vista is very flexible. Some of the tips to improve the appearance in Windows Vista are:
- Desktop background
- Customizing the tray icon
- Appearance and sound
Any of the pre-installed images can be used as the desktop background in Windows Vista. Even a personal photo can be used as a desktop background. Every process involving appearance changing takes only a few seconds. Background pictures can be changed by right clicking on the desktop and selecting ‘Properties’. From the background link, select ‘Locations’ and then ‘Windows Wallpapers’. Click the picture that you like. To navigate the pictures, use the ‘Browse’ button. Once the picture is selected, click the ‘Ok’ button and the picture is set as the background.
Customizing the tray icon
Choose ‘Customize Notification Icon’ menu by a right click on the empty area of the system tray. Select one of the items in the list to configure the icon behavior. Use the ‘Hide’ option if the user does not want the Windows® Task manager icon in the system tray. The start-up behavior will not be affected by hiding an icon. All the icons can be permanently hidden by the registry edit option by leaving the area to display only time and date.
The personalized menu will appear by the right click on the desktop. Here the user can configure seven categories likes Windows® color and appearance, desktop background, screensaver, sound, mouse pointers, themes and display settings. The configuration with each of these categories is very easy to do. Windows Vista includes new clear type font, which makes it easy to read the text on the screen. Its desktop icons get resized by moving the mouse wheel by holding the ‘Control’ key.