Changing Your Desktop Wallpaper is Easy!

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Chances are, you have a picture on your monitor screen behind your icons. This is called your desktop, and the picture is your wallpaper. It’s exceedingly easy to change this picture, and I’m going to show you how.

Let’s say you’re surfing the Internet, and come across a picture that is funny or beautiful. You’d love to look at this picture all the time! Well, you can! Simply right click the picture in Windows, and choose “Set as Background”. Voila. That picture is now on your desktop. In Safari for OS X, right click the picture and choose “Use image as desktop picture”.

Oh, wait. You say you don’t have a right mouse button on your Mac? You don’t need one. Simply hold down the Ctrl key and click your mouse button. This does the same thing as a right click on a standard Windows mouse.

Some people may want to choose to use a picture already on their computer, and switch to it as their background. On Windows, you can right click on your desktop, choose Properties, and then click on the “Desktop” tab. You can now browse to any picture on your computer, and set it as your background. On a Mac, go to your System Preferences, and click on the Desktop and Screensaver button. From there, choose “Desktop”. You can now browse any of the pre-installed pictures from Apple to use, or browse to your own picture to set as the background.

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29 thoughts on “Changing Your Desktop Wallpaper is Easy!”

  1. Thanks for the great tips for beginners. Im referring some older students, some over 70 to this type of tip. A lot of sites forget that there are still people who have just learned how to turn on the computer

  2. I already know how to do that, but at my shcool they blocked nearly all ways to change the wallpaper probably because they don’t want us to add a little personality while we’re using the computers, but I can still change it from Firefox. =D

  3. Hey,
    You could’ve mentioned some “external” tools for changing wallpapers as well. Even those most basic like Wallaper Changer Powertoy available for free for everyone using genuine Windows.

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