How to Change the Desktop Background in Windows 10

You have just downloaded your favorite image, now you are wondering how to change your desktop background in Windows 10, with your image file.

This is how you can do that, with images to help guide you in this tutorial.

Steps on how to change the desktop background

  1. Open Windows File Explorer.
  2. Hover your mouse pointer over the image you want to set as the new background and press the right mouse button.
  3. Move your pointer to hover over the ‘Set as desktop background’ menu item and press the left mouse button.
set as desktop background directly from image contextual menu

How to set your desktop background from Windows Settings

1. Move your mouse pointer to an unused area on your desktop and press the right mouse button.
2. Move your pointer to hover over ‘Personalize’ in the contextual menu and press your left mouse button.
click on personalize from desktop contextual menu
3. Under Personalization, Move your pointer to hover over ‘Background’ and press the left mouse button.
select background item
4. Move your pointer to hover over the down arrow in the ‘Background’ combo box and press the left mouse button.
select background type from combobox
5. Move your pointer to hover over ‘Picture’ and press the left mouse button.
select picture from combobox
6. Move your pointer to hover over ‘Browse’ and press the left mouse button.
left click on browse button
7. Navigate to your image and select it.
choose picture for background

Check to see if the fit is set correctly

  • Move your pointer to hover over the down arrow of the combo box under ‘Choose a fit’ and press the left mouse button.
  • Move your pointer to hover over ‘Fill’ and press your left mouse button.

This is going to be the most likely setting for your background images.

How to set up a slideshow for Windows background

  1. Move your mouse pointer to an unused area on your desktop and press the right mouse button.
  2. Move your pointer to hover over ‘Personalize’ in the contextual menu and press your left mouse button.
  3. Under Personalization, Move your pointer to hover over ‘Background’ and press the left mouse button.
  4. Move your pointer to hover over the down arrow in the combo box under ‘Background’ and press the left mouse button.
  5. Move your pointer to hover over ‘Slideshow’ and press the left mouse button.
  6. Move your pointer to hover over ‘Browse’ and press the left mouse button.
  7. Move your pointer to hover over the folder you wish to use as your slideshow folder, and press the left mouse button.
  8. Move your pointer to hover over ‘Choose this folder’ and left-click on it.
select slideshow option for background
select browse
choose folder for slideshow

Windows will now use all the images in the folder you have selected to create a slideshow from them for your desktop background.

Formats of images allowed to be used as a background

Windows allows most common file formats. If you have an image in a format that Windows cannot display for you, simply open it up in a program like Photoshop or Paint and save it as a PNG or JPG file.

Simply re-select the newly created file as the desktop background.

How to apply a plain color as a background

There are a few different reasons you might want plain color for your desktop background. One reason could be that your hardware is a bit outdated and you want to try and squeeze every bit of performance out of it.

If you want a plain color set as background, this is how you would go about achieving that:

  1. Move your mouse pointer to an unused area on your desktop and press the right mouse button.
  2. Move your pointer to hover over ‘Personalize’ in the contextual menu and press your left mouse button.
  3. Under Personalization, Move your pointer to hover over ‘Background’ and press the left mouse button.
  4. Move your pointer to hover over the down arrow in the combo box under ‘Background’ and press the left mouse button.
  5. Move your pointer to hover over ‘Solid color’ and press the left mouse button.
  6. Move your pointer to hover over the color you want and left-click to select it.

But what about video as a desktop background?

While the idea seems awesome when you first think about it, it’s actually not the best idea.

I have played around with this quite a few times and always ended up removing it.

Firstly, it hogs resources on your computer that could instead be used for your programs or games. Secondly, how many times are you actually going to take the time to enjoy it?

Most of your programs cover a lot of your desktop anyway. It seems like a bit of a waste dedicating all those resources to something you hardly see.

So I can see why Microsoft decided to do away with that feature.

If you are still insistent on proceeding with desktop background videos, there are ways to do it. You can do a simple Google search in order to reveal articles showing you how to do it.

Conclusion

Whatever picture you choose, we have shown you the best methods in order to select your favorite image as a desktop background.

Windows has made this process fairly simple and it’s nice being able to have the choice to choose what we want to have as our centerpiece on our desktop real estate.

Enjoy your images as they bring about a pleasant sense of making your computer personalized without radically transforming your workspace.