Sunday, July 31, 2011

The Windows Desktop–How to Change the Background?

I am always amazed at how many simple questions I get asked – so be sure to keep asking!  And as always, if you have a suggestion for post, let me know!  Changing the Windows Desktop background is essentially the same in all versions of Windows with a slight change in Windows Vista and Windows 7.

Windows 7 – Changing the Desktop Background

First right click an empty spot on the desktop and from the right click drop down select Personalize – it is the last item on the menu.

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From the Window that appears, you can select a background image or slideshow – which is new to Windows 7.

windows-7-personalization

Windows XP – Changing the Desktop Background

Similar to Windows 7, first right click an empty spot on the desktop and select Properties form the menu.

windows-xp-accessing-desktop-properties

In the Dialog box that opens go to the Desktop tab.  From this tab, you can select/change the desktop background.  If you do not see an image you want, you can click Browse and browse for an image.

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