How to Download Wallpapers & Pictures

After you purchase a new home computer, you will want to customize it to fit your preferences. One way to do this is to set the desktop background to display a wallpaper of your choosing. Most computers come with preloaded wallpapers from which to choose. But there also are several websites that offer free wallpaper downloads or pictures that can be made into desktop backgrounds. Downloading these can add variety and personalization to your computer's desktop.

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Wallpapers and pictures can be downloaded from the Internet to customize your computer desktop.

Downloading Wallpaper

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Navigate to a wallpaper downloading site (see References).

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Select the type of wallpaper you want and then choose the image or animation you wish to download. Some sites offer static, animated or rotating pictures as wallpapers. Click on the image or animation and select "Download." When a pop-up window appears, select "Save" to begin the download.

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Locate the file on your computer (it will be an .exe file) and open the file. A pop-up window will appear asking whether you wish to run the file; select "Run." An installation progress window will appear asking whether you wish to install add-on features with the wallpaper. If you choose to install these add-ons, select "Accept." Otherwise, select "Decline" until you get to the final page asking whether you wish to install. Select "Accept."

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Right-click anywhere on the desktop and select "Properties" from the window that pops up. Select the "Desktop" tab and locate the recently installed wallpaper. Click "Apply" to set the wallpaper as your desktop background.

Downloading Pictures

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Locate a picture online that you wish to download. This can be any picture on any website.

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Right-click the picture and select "Save this image as ..." or "Save picture as ..." depending on which Internet browser you are using.

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Select the location on your computer where you wish to save the picture and select "Save." The picture is now available to you in the saved location. The picture can be made your desktop wallpaper by right-clicking the picture image and selecting "Set as desktop background."