How Do I Set a Desktop Background?

By Christina Shaffer

If you are a PC owner, you can customize your desktop screen by choosing a background image that reflects your personality. Windows provides you with a variety of wallpaper choices, such as landscapes, animals and paintings. You can also have the option to use a personal image for your desktop background. After learning how to set a new desktop background, you will be able to change it in the future easily.

Step 1

Right-click an empty area in your desktop screen and select the "Personalize" option. The "Personalization" window will appear on the screen, and you will notice a variety of appearance customization options such as "Window Color and Appearance," "Desktop Background" and "Screen Saver."

Step 2

Click the "Desktop Background" link. After clicking the link, you will be asked to select a new desktop background design.

Step 3

Click on the "Picture location" drop-down list.

Step 4

Select "Windows Wallpaper" to preview desktop wallpapers that were designed by Microsoft. You can use the scroll bar on the right side of the screen to view all of the available designs. If you want to use one of Microsoft's wallpaper designs, click on the thumbnail image to select it. Your image will be inserted in your desktop screen.

Step 5

Select "Pictures" if you want to use a personal photo that is saved in the "Pictures" folder on your computer. You can also search for personal photos stored in additional folders on your PC by clicking the "Browse" button and selecting your preferred folder. Select the image you want to use and click "Open." Your selected image will be set as your wallpaper.

Step 6

Select a formatting option after you choose your wallpaper image. The formatting options are listed at the bottom of the "Desktop Wallpaper" window. You can choose the position of your wallpaper by selecting one of the available options, such as "Fit," "Tile" or "Center." Each time you select a position, you can preview the format on your desktop screen.

Step 7

Click the "Save changes" button to save your new desktop background settings.