Windows 10 is a vastly more open platform than its competitors
and you can do almost whatever you want within reason. There
are a variety of free, paid and open-source apps that can
modernize your Windows experience.
To customize Windows 10, you can install themes from the
Microsoft Store, change the solid colour, pick a different
picture or slideshow, and change the appearance of the desktop.
There are a variety of other ways to customize your Windows 10
device. In this article, we’ve highlighted the best
customization apps that you can download and install to
modernize your Windows 10 experience!
TaskBarX is a popular app that sits calmy at the system tray of
Windows 10 and it’s designed to hold your icons, shortcuts, and
open apps at the bottom of your screen.
Windows 10’s TaskbarX app allows you to center your taskbar
icons and alter the look of your taskbar with blur effects,
transparency, or Fluent Design-like acrylic effect.
You can download TaskBarX from the links given below. If you
want to support the developers, you can pay $1 and purchase the
app on the Microsoft Store.
EarTrumpet is a volume control app with modern, clean and
friendly UI. EarTrumpet replaces the default taskbar-based
volume controls on Windows 10 and it makes navigating your
various audio devices on Windows 10 machine much simpler.
EarTrumpet also comes with built-in volume mixer, which allows
you to manage default audio devices and change the volume on
In addition, the developers have also included the option to
quickly mute web browsers such as Google Chrome and Microsoft
Edge when the websites start playing in the background.
EarTrumpet places a volume controller in the taskbar and you
can access it by clicking on the sound icon.
When EarTrumpet is installed, you can turn off the default
volume control feature that comes in Windows 10.
To turn off the default controls, open Windows Search and
search for “turn system icons on or off” and turn off the
volume controls feature.
You can download and install EarTrumpet
2.0 from the Microsoft Store.
Apple’s Quick Look feature for macOS is pretty convenient and
it offers a great way to take a quick peek at something without
launching an app.
The Quick Look feature allows you to press the space bar to
preview the photograph, contents of a document, etc. You can
also get macOS-like Quick Look feature on Windows 10 with a
Microsoft Store app.
You can download one app called ‘QuickLook’ from the Microsoft
Store, and preview most files on Windows 10 without loading an
QuickLook, which is completely free, allows you to preview
.jpg, .png, .txt, documents, and other files types. When the
app is installed and running in the background, you can hit the
spacebar to open up a preview and tap the spacebar again to
close the preview.
By default, the app adds itself to the Startup programs list
and it will launch every time you start Windows.
Like EarTrumpet, QuickLook
can be downloaded from the Microsoft Store.
Spotlight-like immersive search experience
Microsoft’s PowerToys adds a new search box to Windows 10 to
help you quickly find and open apps, folders or files.
PowerToys Run is similar to macOS Spotlight search and it can
be launched by typing Alt+Space keyboard shortcut.
Unlike Windows search, this search tool also allows you to
search for processes. You can even use it as a calculator and
it works faster than Windows Search.
You can download PowerToys from Github.
Files UWP is a modern replacement for the File Explorer on
Windows 10. It uses Fluent Design with complete support for
light and dark mode, and it also utilizes icons that match the
rest of the Windows 10 operating system.
In addition to the modern user interface, Files UWP also comes
with tab support, which allows you to open new tabs of multiple
folders and file locations at the same time.
Unfortunately, the only problem is that the app gets slower
when you frequently load multiple locations, folders or access
files at times.
The app is currently in preview and you can
download it from the Microsoft Store.