How do I adjust the Windows background?

Microsoft WindowsBelow we have listed various questions that relate to the Microsoft Windows background.

How do I change the Windows background?

The Microsoft Windows background can be adjusted by opening the background display properties. To do this in all versions of Windows before Vista, follow the steps below.

  1. Open Control Panel.
  2. Open Display Properties in the Control Panel.
  3. Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000 users click the Background tab, Windows XP users click the Desktop tab.

In Windows Vista and Windows 7, you can change the background by doing the following steps:

  1. Right click any open part of the desktop.
  2. Click personalize.
  3. Click Desktop Background.
  4. Click browse.
  5. to find the location of the picture you want to use, put a check mark in the picture.
  6. You will then need to choose from Center, Tile, Fit, Fill or Stretch. This will change how the display of the picture looks on the desktop.
  7. To do a picture slideshow on your desktop, either choose 'Select all', or hold down Ctrl and choose each picture you want to use. Also, you need to choose how often the picture changes. This can be anywhere from 10 seconds to 1 day.

By default, Microsoft Windows has a listing of default Windows backgrounds. If you want to change the background to a different picture, such as a family picture, click the browse button and browse to the directory of the picture.

Note: Microsoft Windows 95 users only have the ability to set the background as .BMP images; therefore, if you have a different format of image you need to convert it to .BMP image before setting it as the background. All other Windows users should be able to set a .BMP, .JPG, or .GIF image as their background.

How do I have no background image?

Within the listing of the available backgrounds, the first background is None; selecting none will disable any background image on your computer. However, it is important to realize that when you change the background to none, your background will use the color of your background or desktop.

Windows XP users can change this color from the same window as where they change their desktop. All other users need to change their color of their desktop through the Appearance tab.

How do I make an small image title across the background?

Within the desktop or background properties window, a user will be able to customize the layout of their image by selecting Center, Tile, or Stretch. Below is a brief explanation of each of these settings.

  • Center - This will center the image in the middle of the desktop. Doing this enables the user to only have one image set as their background instead of having the image tiled. If the image is smaller than your computer resolution then you may have a small border around the image.
  • Tile - Tiling an image takes a smaller image and multiply it multiple times across the Desktop.
  • Stretch - Stretching an image makes a single image full screen. The smaller the image is the more distortion you will notice when stretching an image.

How do I make the background as only one small image and not tiled?

See above explanation.

Why am I unable to see my background?

This issue is often caused if the image being used as the background has been deleted or the computer has active desktop enabled on the computer.

  1. Verify the image being used as the background is still available on the computer and can be viewed.
  2. Disable Active Desktop.

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