Theme Manager Product Page
When Theme Manager is run, the first menu option displayed is Themes with the submenu of MyColors & Suites. This section will describe both tabs, which are identical in layout, but different in purpose.
The MyColors tab is for applying any MyColors themes you have loaded on your computer. This screen is divided into three areas. The sidebar menu down the left side, a preview area to the right of that and a selection of themes along the bottom seen as small thumbnail pictures. The preview area displays what theme your desktop has applied (installed), currently it is set to Windows Vista Aero (on Windows Vista).
Initially, Theme Manager only has the Windows (default) theme listed, which comes from Microsoft. However, if you have MyColors installed with one or more themes, they will be displayed along the bottom as thumbnails. Each one representing a different MyColors theme. The MyColors program is free to download from Stardock, but most themes have a fee.
The sidebar menu on the left displays the title of the selected theme, who it was created by, Delete This Theme, Add New Theme (from disk or web), and Apply This Theme.
The first item on the top of the menu is the title of the theme (i.e. Aquarium) and the author
(i.e. Stardock Design).
The third option is "Add New Theme", which displays a pull-down menu if you click the text or small down arrow. The choices are "Install from disk..." to install a new theme from your hard-drive or other storage device attached to your computer. Or " Install from the web..." which opens your web browser & displays the MyColors web site for new themes.
If you install from disk, locate the folder
where the new themes are, click on it, then
The preview shows what the currently selected theme (or Windows default) will look like if applied to your desktop with: sample icons, window frames, Start Menu, gadgets (if included), task bar, system tray, etc.. To preview each theme, simply click on the thumbnail at the bottom and the preview will change to that theme. To apply the theme to your desktop, do any one of the following:
It is recommended to close other applications before applying a new theme, otherwise it may slow the conversion.
The list of available themes runs along the bottom of the window,
underneath the sidebar menu & preview area. Each theme is
represented by a small picture called a thumbnail. Under the
thumbnail is the title of the theme, and beneath
that is the author (or company) that created
it. Clicking on
a theme, changes the picture in the preview
area to the theme. If
there are more themes than will fit in the
Theme Manager window, you can use the horizontal
scroll bar (bottom on window) to view the other
Clicking "Theme Options" (above the available themes on the far left) or right-clicking on any theme will display a menu of options, that includes:
Clicking the "Featured Theme" link above the list of available themes, will open your web browser & display the MyColors web site with the featured theme. This is a new or special theme that changes from time to time so check often to see what new theme has been released!
If you have a large number of themes, using the horizontal scroll bar can be rather difficult to find the desired theme quickly. Clicking the icon (lower left, under the sidebar menu) will change the display to list just the thumbnails of each available theme. The preview area & sidebar menu will be removed. This allows you to view a larger number of themes at one time. A horizontal scroll bar will appear if you have more than will fit in the window. If you would like to preview the desired theme, click on it, then click the icon to return to preview mode. It will be displayed in the preview pane.
While on the grid view screen, clicking "Theme Options" (or right-clicking on a theme) will display the same options as on the preview pane view. Also, clicking the "Featured Theme" will take you to the web site.
Clicking the icon will return you to Preview mode.
The Suites tab is the same as the MyColors tab, except most Suites
are free on WinCustomize.com. You
can create your own suites on My Current Desktop sub-tab (under My
Desktop). All of the
menu choices, links and how you apply a suite
is the same as the MyColors themes. A suite, like a MyColors
theme, may contain any of the following:
wallpaper (for different monitor resolutions),
icons, skin, sounds, gadgets, boot screen,
logon screen, cursors, ObjectDock, and more.
If you select "Add New Theme", then "Install from the web...", your browser will open the WinCustomize.com web site, instead of MyColors. WinCustomize has a large number of free themes you can download at no charge. These and other themes are created by a large user community. You can create themes as well and share what you create with other users like yourself.