The way Chasbo makes it sound as if I have to find a theme and duplicate it myself??
Ok, I think I know where you coming from with this bmatt. As a new member to this community I can understand how all of this can be confusing, overwhelming and frustrating.
All of the screenshots you're looking at are just that, they are only shots of how a member is currently using the Stardock products at that given time. This is the case in the Forum you are in right now which is the month of February Screenshots and also the WinCustomize Screenshot Gallery.
Listen up Bmatt: These Are Only Screenshots.
Screenshots are not downloadable themes, if you click download on the screenshot all you're going to get is a picture of that shot. You follow so far?
Now what Sir Chasbo was asking you is important. Looking at the shot of your current desktop I see you have a dock and Rainlendar icon. If you are running Window Blinds, you also need the Start10 app to change your Start Menu, Cursor FX to change your cursor and Icon Packager to change your icons. There's also a wallpaper gallery with thousands of choices for your background.
So while you take all of this in let me put it to you simply. YES you have to first understand how these programs work, what portion of your system it affects and the characteristics that you may experience. So I'm not certain why your Word and Excel documents changed, but again depending on the app that you're using, this may be how the characteristics are affected rather than it being detrimental behavior.
In the Screenshot for the month forums, we rarely put in all of the links for everything that's being used. BUT, if you go to the Screenshot Gallery at WinCustomize we typically put in details with links to all of the components being used to create the shot. At that point it's up to you to follow those links and download the specific components if your attempt is to recreate a certain screenshot. The links may be abbreviated with community vernacular like WB for Windowblinds, Wall for Wallpaper, IP for Icon Package, CFX for Cursor FX, OD for Object Dock and so on.
A screenshot is individually built from the components created by the community's artists / designers and skinners as we call them. But you have to blend all of these components together yourself. At this point you may ask WHY? And the answer is because this is Desktop PC customization. What works for me may not and probably won't necessarily work for you. You are tailoring your PC to work the way you want it!
The coolest part about this community though, is you can ask anyone "how did you do this" and they'll tell you how piece by piece. But you still have to put it all together yourself. And to be honest that's the fun part!
I truly hope this helps ease some of your questions. Just remember when you're trying to learn something new, the silliest question is the one you don't ask.