How to Change Desktop Wallpapers in Windows

Desktop wallpaper, also referred to as desktop background, can be a digital image from your own collection, an image outlined with a color, a solid color, or an image that is provided with Windows. You can either choose a single picture to be the desktop background or put on view a slide show with numerous pictures.

Steps For Changing Wallpaper in Windows 8, 7, Vista

  • Click Start button, then Control Panel to open Desktop Background. Search for “desktop background” in the box, then click on “Change desktop background”.

desktop background control panel image

  • Select a color or a picture that you would like to use as the wallpaper.
  • If the desktop background pictures list does not include the image of your choice, then view other categories by clicking an item contained in “Picture location” list. You may also search for the image on your desktop by clicking “Browse”. After finding your preferred image, you need to double-click it to set it as your desktop background.

choose desktop background picture

  • Click the arrow under “Picture position” to choose whether to center the picture, tile the picture, stretch the picture, fit the picture, or crop the picture. Click on “Save changes” to make all the changes permanent.

picture position image

You can also make any image saved on your computer your desktop wallpaper, by right clicking the image, then clicking on “Set as Desktop Background”.

image of set as desktop background option

Browse through this large collection of windows 8 wallpapers.

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