A New Day, A New Desktop Background
  • A New Day, A New Desktop Background

    A New Day, A New Desktop Background

    Changing your desktop background or “wallpaper” is an easy way to customize your computer. Best of all, you can change it as often as you’d like without having to peel the old layer or get your hands sticky by using any special glue.

    Many people like to use photos that they have taken with their digital cameras so their desktop can become a virtual picture frame of family members, friends, and favorite animals. To do this, simply find the photo you want to use as your desktop background and right click it. On a Windows PC, select “Set as Desktop Background.” On a Mac, select “Set Desktop Picture.”

    Once that step is finished, you will be presented with a few options as to how you want your image to appear. On the Mac you will need to click the button that says “Open Desktop Preferences.” You can play around with the settings until you find the one you like.

    On a Mac:

     

    You can pick fill screen or stretch to fill screen for an image that might be too small for your screen. This stretches it so it covers the entire screen. Sometimes it makes the image look a little distorted.
    Choose center if you have an image that is smaller than your screen that you want to center on the screen. This will leave the edges around the image blank and you can chose what color you want it to be.  Fit to screen is similar, but it re-sizes the image.
    Tile allows you to take a small image and have it repeat across the desktop.

    On a PC:

     

    Choose center if you have an image that is smaller than your screen that you want to center on the screen. This will leave the edges around the image blank and you can chose what color you want it to be.
    You can pick stretch to re-size an image that might be too small for your screen and stretch it so it covers the entire screen. Sometimes it makes the image look a little distorted.
    Tile allows you to take a small image and have it repeat across the desktop.

    If you have a Mac or Windows 7 you can do even more with your wallpaper. Both operating systems have a feature that rotates your wallpaper between all the photos in a different folder. For instance, if you have a photo of a tree, a flower, and a kitten in a folder you’ll start off with the tree photo as your wallpaper, then in 30 minutes (or however long you specify) it will automatically switch to the flower, and then 30 minutes later it will switch to the kitten.

    To do this on a Mac:

    1. Right click your desktop and select “Change Desktop Background.”
    2. Next, select what folder you want to chose. Under “Apple” your Mac has a preset list of folders with backgrounds. For instance, the “Nature” folder will rotate between different backgrounds with a nature theme. You can also choose different events from iPhoto. If you have a photo of images on your computer you want to use, click the “+” button to browse for that folder. You can see all the images in the folder on the left.
    3. Right under where you can see the images in the folder, check the box that says “Change Picture:”
    4. Select how often you want the picture to change by clicking on the drop down menu.
    5. Close the window to save your changes.

    To do this in Windows 7:

    (Image Source: http://www.intowindows.com/how-to-customize-a-windows-7-theme-detailed-guide)

    1. Click the Start button, and then click “Control Panel.”
    2. Click “Change Desktop Background.”
    3. Click the “Picture Location” menu to find the pictures you want to rotate. All the pictures have to be in the same folder.
    4. To change how often the pictures rotate, click the drop-down menu under “Change Picture Every” and select the amount of time you would prefer.
    5. When you are finished, click “Save Changes” and close the control panel.

    For more information, view the video here.

    Looking for something fun and interesting to use as your desktop background? Check out these sources:

    National Geographic – Take your wallpaper directly from the pages of National Geographic magazine!
    Vlad Studio – Cute, mostly seasonal themed wallpaper.
    Flickr Wallpaper – Hundreds of beautiful wallpaper from Flickr’s wallpaper pool.