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How to Delete Themes in Windows 10

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In Windows, you can use themes to help make your desktop feel a little more personal. Themes change the desktop background, colors, sounds, screen saver, and pointers on your PC all at once, and you can change themes as often as you like.

After you have saved custom themes and installed themes from the Store over time, you may want to delete themes you no longer want or like.

This tutorial will show you different ways on how to delete themes in Windows 10.


CONTENTS:
  • Option One: To Delete a Theme for Current User in Control Panel
  • Option Two: To Delete a Theme for Current User in Settings
  • Option Three: To Delete a Theme for Current User in File Explorer
  • Option Four: To Delete a Default Windows Theme in File Explorer for All Users
  • Option Five: To Delete a Default High Contrast Theme in File Explorer for All Users





Delete Theme in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Delete Theme in Windows 10
To Delete a Theme for Current User in Control Panel

1. Open the Run dialog (Win+R), enter the command below, and click/tap on OK to open Personalization in the Control Panel.

explorer shell:::{ED834ED6-4B5A-4bfe-8F11-A626DCB6A921}

2. Select a theme other than the theme you want to delete. (see screenshot below)

3. Right click or press and hold on a theme under My Themes you want to delete, and click/tap on Delete.

4. When finished, you can close the Personalization control panel window if you like.

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Delete Theme in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Delete Theme in Windows 10
To Delete a Theme for Current User in Settings

1. Open Settings, and click/tap on the Personalization icon.

2. Select a theme other than the saved custom theme you want to delete. (see screenshot below)

3. Right click or press and hold on a custom theme you want to delete, and click/tap on Delete.

4. When finished, you can close Settings if you like.

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Delete Theme in Windows 10 OPTION THREE Delete Theme in Windows 10
To Delete a Theme for Current User in File Explorer

1. Open File Explorer (Win+E).

2. Click/tap on the icon in the address bar of File Explorer, copy and paste the path below into the address bar, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)

%LocalAppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Themes

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3. Delete the theme(s) you want. (see screenshots below)
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The .theme files are the saved custom themes (aka: "My Themes") for the current account.

Themes installed from the Store will be saved in the folder with the same name as the theme. You would delete the theme's folder to delete an installed theme.


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Delete Theme in Windows 10 OPTION FOUR Delete Theme in Windows 10
To Delete a Default Windows Theme in File Explorer for All Users

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You will need to be signed in as an administrator to be able to do this option.

.theme File Theme Name
aero.theme Windows
theme1.theme Windows 10
theme2.theme Flowers

1. Open File Explorer (Win+E), and open the folder at the location below. (see screenshot below)

C:\Windows\Resources\Themes

2. Change the owner of the .theme file you want to delete to Administrators.

3. Change the permissions of the .theme file you want to delete to "Allow" Administrators "Full Control".

4. Right click or press and hold on the .theme you want to delete, click/tap on Delete, and click/tap on Continue to confirm.

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Delete Theme in Windows 10 OPTION FIVE Delete Theme in Windows 10
To Delete a Default High Contrast Theme in File Explorer for All Users

Note   Note
You will need to be signed in as an administrator to be able to do this option.

.theme File Theme Name
hc1.theme High Contrast #1
hc2.theme High Contrast #2
hcblack.theme High Contrast Black
hcwhite.theme High Contrast White

1. Open File Explorer (Win+E), and open the folder at the location below. (see screenshot below)

C:\Windows\Resources\Ease of Access Themes

2. Change the owner of the .theme file you want to delete to Administrators.

3. Change the permissions of the .theme file you want to delete to "Allow" Administrators "Full Control".

4. Right click or press and hold on the .theme you want to delete, click/tap on Delete, and click/tap on Continue to confirm.

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That's it,
Shawn