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Setting the Desktop Background

You can change the image, or wallpaper, that appears under the icons on your desktop. If you don't like the desktop backgrounds that Windows or your PC manufacturer provides, you can use one of your own pictures.

To set the desktop background:

  1. Choose Start > Control Panel > Appearance and Personalization > Personalization > Desktop Background (Figure 4.10).

    Figure 4.10

    Figure 4.10 By default, Windows looks for background pictures in your personal Pictures folder (\Users\username\Pictures), the shared Pictures folder (\Users\Public\Pictures), and \Windows\Web\Wallpaper.


    Right-click an empty area of the desktop and choose Personalize > Desktop Background.

  2. Choose a location from the Picture Location drop-down list, and click the picture or color that you want for your background.


    To use your own picture, click Browse, find the picture file on your computer or network, and then double-click it to make it your background. It will appear in the list of desktop backgrounds.

  3. In the How Should the Picture Be Positioned? section, choose an option:

    img_stretch.jpg Resize the image to fit your screen (with some distortion). This option works best with large images and photos.

    img_tile.jpg Tile the image repeatedly over the entire screen. This option works best with small images.

    img_center.jpg Center the image on the desktop background.

  4. If you chose to center the image in the preceding step, click Change Background Color to select a desktop color to fill the space unoccupied by the picture.
  5. Click OK.
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