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Christmas is coming! It’s time to wrap up warm, put up your tree, and await the arrival of Santa Claus. To help get you into the festive spirit we’ve rounded up a whole host of ways that you can customize your Windows 10 system for the holidays.
Your options include snow falling down your desktop, a snowglobe that counts until the big day, how to apply Christmas sound effects, and much more.
If you have your own idea to share, please let us know in the comments below.
1. Change Your Wallpaper
One of the easiest ways to get some festive cheer on your desktop is by changing your wallpaper.
To do this, press Windows key + I to open Settings and navigate to Personalization > Background.
Use the Background dropdown and select Picture, then Browse to locate the wallpaper on your computer. Alternatively, select Slideshow on the dropdown if you want to rotate between a selection.
If you’re after some Christmas wallpapers, check out websites like Wallpaper Stock, HD Wallpapers, and Alpha Coders. Alternatively, just do a Google image search. Once you’ve found the perfect image, right-click it and save it to your system.
2. Make Your Screen Snow
Depending on where you are in the world, snow at Christmas might be impossible or a rarity. It’s not quite the same, but you can make your desktop snow as a consolation. A small executable called Desktop Christmas will sort you out.
Download the ZIP, extract it, and open the program inside. Your screen will automatically be filled with the magic of falling snow. A snowflake icon will appear in your Taskbar tray, which you can right-click to alter the program’s settings.
You can alter the Speed of snowflakes, choose to Start when I start Windows, and go to Options > Transparent to change the transparency of the snow. If you only want the snow to appear on your desktop, rather than over every window, go to Options and untick Always on top.
3. Theme With Christmas Colors
Another simple tweak is to change the color scheme of your system. To get started, press Windows key + I to open Settings and go to Personalization > Colors.
It’s the season, so beneath Windows colors you might want to pick a nice red or green. You can click Custom color if none of those options suit. Once done, tick Start, Taskbar, and Action Center, and Title bars to have the color applied to those places.
If you want to splash that paint elsewhere on your system, check out our guide on how to make Windows more colorful for some third-party programs that will lend a hand.
4. Countdown to Christmas
A lot of the excitement for Christmas lies in the build-up, counting down the days until the actual event. You definitely shouldn’t skip on a chocolate advent calendar, but why not have a countdown clock on your computer too?
Get Xmas offers various different desktop snow globes that will display the number of days left until the 25th. These include Live Christmas Globe, Snowman Snow Globe, and Christmas Globe. Have a browse and see which design you like best.
Once you’ve decided, download the ZIP, extract it, and launch the program. It’ll sync to your system clock and you can right-click the snow globe to adjust its settings, like whether it launches automatically and if it should always remain on top of other windows.
5. Get Cursor Snow
You can make your cursor sprinkle snow from its trail every time you move it. You’ll need a utility called Cursor Snowflakes to do so. Head to the page, download the ZIP, and extract it.
Open the EXE within and your cursor will automatically begin to drop snow down your monitor. An icon of a snowflake will be in your Taskbar tray. Right-click the icon to adjust the application’s settings.
You can change the Speed of snowflakes. You can go to Options > Transparent to adjust the transparency, and Options > Always on top to make the cursor snow fall no matter what window you have open. Finally, ticking Start when I start Windows will mean you don’t have to open the application each time you sign in.
6. Apply Some Christmas Jingles
Christmas songs get played too early in the year, but don’t let that burn you out from setting some festive sounds for your computer. You can change the sounds that are set for your calendar reminders, system notifications, and more. Get away from those default noises and have some jingle bells!
Press Windows key + I to open Settings. Search for sound and select the top result. Switch to the Sounds tab. Here you can make your changes. Select the Program Event you want to change, then press Browse… Choose the WAV file (and it must be in that format) and press Open. Finally, click OK to confirm.
7. Turn the Taskbar Festive
Okay, this one is a little garish, but when else can you embrace the cheese if not Christmas? An application called Christmas Taskbar will make your Taskbar snow and, if you choose, float colored circles up and down.
Download the ZIP, extract it, and open the EXE. Your Taskbar will automatically be kitted out with the festivities. A snowflake icon will appear in your Taskbar tray. Right-click it to start adjusting the settings.
Untick Animation if you don’t want the colored circles. Tick Start when I start Windows if you want the application run automatically when you sign in. You can also adjust the Speed of snowflakes and transparency via Options > Transparent.
A small note: if you change the size or position of your Taskbar, right-click the snowflake icon, click Exit, and relaunch the application.
8. Apply a Christmas Screensaver
Screensavers used to prevent screen burn, but now they exist to have something on your monitor while you’re not using the computer. Perfect for Christmas customization!
Screensavers Planet has a great selection of mostly free festive screensavers.
Browse their site for something that takes your fancy, download, and then run the EXE. Install it and you’ll be taken to the Windows screensaver settings. Here you can use the Screen saver dropdown to make a choice and adjust the Wait time to set how much inactivity should pass before the screensaver comes on.
To get back to this settings window at a later date, press Windows key + I and go to Personalization > Lock screen > Screen saver settings.
‘Tis the Season to Be Jolly
You can never have too much Christmas spirit, so hopefully this fun list of Windows 10 customization options has proved useful for you. Now all you need to do is pop on your Santa hat and you’re good to go!
Which of these Windows 10 Christmas customization options is your favorite? Do you have your own to share?