How To Change Your Desktop Background And Where To Get Free Images

How To Change Your Desktop Background And Where To Get Free Images

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How To Change Your Desktop Background And Where To Get Free Images

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Changing Your Desktop Background

Have you wanted to change the background (wallpaper) of your Windows computer to a more colorful or interesting graphic, or something more personal like a family photograph? Its really not difficult to do. We’ll explain how to make those changes and how to obtain free photos, clip art, and other graphics to use.

 If you are running Windows XP follow these steps…if you run Windows Vista skip to that section.

 Windows XP

Click on the Start button and go to Control Panel and click Appearance and Themes.

Click on the Display icon then on the Desktop tab and do one or more of the following:

Click the name of a picture in the background list. If you have personal pictures in My Pictures, they’ll be listed automatically. In Position, click Center, Tile, or Stretch. You can try each one to see its affect. I use stretch to fill my whole screen. 

Click Browse to search for a background picture in other folders or on other drives. You can use files with the following extensions: .bmp, .gif, .jpg, .dib, .png, .htm. In Position, click Center, Tile, or Stretch. You can use a picture from a Web site as a background. Right-click the picture and then click Set as Background. The picture will be listed in your Background box as Internet Explorer Background. If you choose this document as your background picture, it will automatically be stretched to fill your entire screen. 

Select a color from Desktop color. The color fills the space not used by a picture.

Windows Vista

Click on the Start button and go to Control Panel.

Under Appearance and Personalization, choose Change desktop background.

Then choose a listed picture or Windows Wallpaper or browse for a picture or graphic on the Internet or on your computer.

When you’ve made your choice of picture, choose how the picture should be positioned: stretch (default), tile or center and then click Open.

 

Obtaining Free Images

Here’s a great way to obtain free photographs, clip art, and other graphics for your use. This works for Windows XP or Vista users. Go to Microsoft Office Online at

http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/default.aspx and choose the Clip Art tab at the top. On the next page you can use the search tool near the top left of the page to search for items or in the lower center of the page you can choose categories of images to browse.

The next step is to choose images you’d like to download by clicking the image check-box (you can also “un-choose” the image by clicking on the check-box a second time). When you’ve chosen all the images you want to download, you can use the left column Selection Basket to review the items you’ve chosen, delete any you don’t want, and download your images. Follow the instructions on the download screen and the images you’ve chosen will be placed in your My PicturesMicrosoft Clip Organizer folder where they can be browsed and chosen as mentioned above.

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Paul Lubic
About the Author:

Paul Lubic is a seasoned IT guy who’s used computers at home for many years. He uses his blog site to pass on lots of valuable information that you can use in your home computing endeavors. Check back often to see what he’s up to at Paul’s Home Computing Blog at http://www.paulshomecomputingblog.wordpress.com . Remember, home computing is a blast…keep it productive and enjoyable. Paul E. Lubic, Jr. paulshomecomputing@yahoo.com

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