How To Change The Wallpaper In Windows Vista

If friends and colleagues rave about their Windows Vista wallpapers and you don’t know what they’re talking about, don’t worry. Windows Vista wallpapers are actually just another name for “background.” And if you did make the move from XP to Vista, you have them right on your computer too!

Just as you would jazz up your bedroom or dining room with special wallpaper, you’d want to do the same for your computer screen. And whatever Windows Vista wallpaper you choose, it will no doubt add oomph to your screen, making it more visually appealing.

The simplest definition then for a Windows Vista wallpaper is the background or the picture that covers your desktop.

Change Your Desktop with Windows Vista Wallpapers

Any time you get tired of Vista’s usual scene, you can change it and pick any one of the dozen or so alternatives that came with your Vista program. Follow these steps:

• go to any blank spot on your desktop and right-click.
• choose “Personalize” and a box will appear with 7 options.
• choose the Desktop Background option (second from the top).
• you now have a box that says “choose your desktop background”. You will see colored squares which constitute your first choice: solid colors.
• if you don’t like solid colors, click on the tiny box with the pull down arrow. The words “picture location” appear right on the left of this tiny box.
• click the arrow down. You’ll see that you have at least three choices: windows wallpapers, pictures, sample pictures, and public pictures.
• click on windows wallpapers. This is your most exciting moment. The box will now display a whole array of Windows Vista wallpapers classified thus:

– black and white (4 choices)
– clouds (7 choices)
– horizon (7 choices)
– light auras (5 choices)
– paintings (4 choices)
– vistas (9 choices)
– wave (7 choices)
– splash (6 choices)
– textures (7 choices)

• feel free to browse all of the wallpapers and when you’ve settled on one, click it and Windows will automatically replace your present desktop wallpaper with the one you selected.
• you can change your wallpaper as often as you want.
• if you’d like to have your own personal pictures as your wallpaper, simply click on “browse” and windows will take you to your pictures folder. Choose which one you like, click and Vista does the rest!

Quick Tips for Windows Vista Wallpapers

Not only do you get to select a solid color, Windows Vista wallpaper or picture, you also get to decide how you want to position that wallpaper or picture. If you choose “solid colors”, you won’t be able to execute this function because it only works for windows wallpapers and pictures.

To position your wallpaper, you have three choices:

1. stretched – this means that the entire desktop will be covered.
2. tiled – your wallpaper or picture will be in mosaic form (as in tiles).
3. centered – the Windows Vista wallpaper (or picture) will occupy only the center of your desktop.


• when you bought your computer, the positioning of your Windows Vista wallpaper (or picture) was given a default position. You can override this by simply checking the appropriate box where it asks you: “How should the Picture be Positioned?” Select between stretched, tiled and centered (these are represented by icons and not words but choosing your desired position is easy).
• you can also use a picture you like that you saw in a web site or one in your pictures folder. To do this, (a) right click on the web site picture or your picture; (b) select “set as background”, and then Vista will execute.
• a tip you’ll appreciate: background or wallpaper files are usually stored as BMP, GIF, JPG, JPEG, DIB or PNB files. So any photo or picture on cyberspace or on anyone’s digital camera can be used as a background.

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