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Whilst it’s sometimes great to have a minimalistic background, the standard blue Windows 10 background can get a bit boring. So why not spruce up your desktop/laptop with a fresh background that suits your personality.

Did you know you can even change your lock screen images? But that’s another useful tech tip for another day. Let’s, first of all, work out how to change your desktop background in Windows 10. We’ve used a red box to show you where to click.

  1. Click on the Windows icon in the bottom left-hand corner of your screen to bring up the start menu. Alternatively, you could press the Windows key on your keyboard to bring up your start menu. It will look the same as the Windows icon in the red box below.
open-windows-start-menu

2. Next, once that’s all opened up, you simply have to click on the cog icon. This will open up ‘Settings’.

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3. Once the Settings window pops open you then want to click on ‘Personalisation’.

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4. If the ‘Background’ window doesn’t show on the click, you can simply select it. ‘Background’ can be found in the left-hand menu.

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5. Now it’s time to get picky. Click on the drop-down menu, as shown in the red box below, and select what you would like your background to be. You have the following options:

  • Picture (This makes your background the same as an image saved on your desktop/laptop files)
  • Solid Colour (This will turn your background into one colour)
  • Slideshow (This allows you to choose a folder of images which Windows will cycle through and use for your background)
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6. Once you’ve made your selection, Windows will simply take the image, colour, or image folder you have chosen and apply it to your background. In the below example, we have just chosen one of the default pictures provided but feel free to use your own via the ‘Browse’ button!

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7. Finally (and this is an optional step), if you’re not entirely satisfied with how the picture is displaying then you have a couple of quick options to help fix this. If you click on the ‘Choose a fit’ drop-down then Windows will offer you the following edits to your background:

  • Fill (this will enlarge or shrink the image you have chosen, depending on your screen’s width. Windows will do its best to fill your screen with the image).
  • Stretch (this will stretch the image out to make sure it fills your PC screen. This option, however, can cause distortion depending on the image size vs your screen width).
  • Tile (this is primarily meant for smaller images. If the image you have chosen isn’t large enough to fill your screen then Windows will simply replicate it in ‘Tiles’ until it fills the screen. Sort of a mosaic).
  • Centre (choosing this will make sure that the middle of the image you’ve chosen is in the centre of your screen. Typically this will cause smaller images to have borders around them whereas larger images will show only the centre part, leaving the rest outside of your screen’s width).
  • Span (this will modify the wallpaper you have chosen to ensure that it covers your entire screen. This can often lead to the same result as the ‘Fill’ option).

8. Once you have selected what you would like your background to be, and how it should be displayed, you will then notice that your Windows 10 background will have changed automatically. Repeat this process as many times as you feel the need for a refresh.

That about wraps up this post! If you have any questions please feel free to drop me a line in the comments section below. Don’t forget to check out our other helpful tech guides and tips.

I bet this talk of screens has also got you wondering, what’s the best monitor out there for your background to display in all of its colourful glory? The answer can be found in our ‘Best sub-$100 monitors‘ post, so why not check that out?

If you want to check out some of our other helpful windows 10 tutorials then you can find them here:
How to change the font/text size on Windows 10
How to upgrade to Windows 10 for free

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