Microsoft has just rolled out a new preview of Windows 10 (build 10061) and anyone enrolled to the Fast ring can download and install the new version immediately. The new build brings a number of improvements and features since the last official release (build 10049).

Among the new changes, Microsoft is adding a new Personalization section in the Settings app to let users customize the desktop background, color scheme, lock screen, and themes – all in one place.

Note: Personalization was first spotted in build 10056, but it is not until build 10061 that settings actually work.

While you can still access the Personalization settings through the Control Panel, moving forward, users will start personalizing Windows 10 from the Settings app. Eventually, Microsoft will retire the Control Panel because the software giant is unifying all versions of Windows 10, so users can access settings in the same way on every device.

Even more interesting, Microsoft is including new settings to let users enable or disable transparency across the Start menu, taskbar, and Action Center. You’ll also notice a new animation effect on elements inside of each of the setting’s sections.

How to access Personalization

Finding your way to Personalization is straightforward, just launch the Settings apps, and click Personalization. If you find yourself accessing these settings quite often, you can click the Pin icon in the top-right corner to pin a tile to the Start menu for quicker access.

Personalizing the Windows 10 desktop

The Personalization settings page contains four new sections: Background, Colors, Lock screen, and Themes.


The Background section is self-explanatory. This area is the place where you can set a new desktop wallpaper, a solid color, or a slide show.


The Colors section is where all the interesting changes are happening. In Colors, you can adjust a variety of settings. Here you will find the Automatically pick a color from my background option. When this is enabled, the feature will analyze the background image extracting the primary color and setting it on the Start menu, taskbar, and Action Center.

If you notice that build 10061 also introduces a new dark theme in the Start menu, taskbar, and Action Center. This theme will be the default theme when the Show color on taskbar and Start menu is disabled. Sliding the switch to the On position will enable scheme color to flow from a custom color selection or the primary color coming from your current background.

Finally, Microsoft is adding the Make Start menu transparent option, which not only will enable or disable the transparency for the Start menu, but also controls the transparency for the taskbar and Action Center.

Furthermore, if you need to change the high contrast color settings, Microsoft has added a convenient link right into Colors as well.

Lock screen

In the Lock screen, under the Background settings, you can configure to show a picture or a slide show. You can also choose the “Windows spotlight” option, which apparently is a new feature that pulls random background from the internet.

From the Lock screen section, you can choose which apps show notifications, but this is nothing new.


Microsoft is also slowly moving the Theme’s settings to the Settings app, but as build 10061, you’ll only see the new section with a link to configure themes from the Control Panel style UI.

Via: Windows Central