Here's our Windows XP Tip for.. September 6, 2004
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Your Desktop is Yours
You can completely control the look and appearance of your Windows desktop with the Display Properties dialog. The nice thing about this is that you can make all of your modifications and save them if you like. As your moods change, you can change your saved themes back and forth.

To make your modifications, right click your desktop and choose Properties. When the dialog appears, start with the Appearance tab and move forward, making your changes on each tab. To check the effects of your work, click the Apply button as needed.

When you're done, and your destkop has the look and feel you want, go to the Themes tab and press the Save As button. Choose a file name and path for your theme and press the Save button. Your theme will show up in the drop down list on the Theme tab of the Display Properties dialog from now on.