How to change the desktop background on Windows 11

If you’d like to change your desktop wallpaper to a different built-in wallpaper, solid color, or custom image in Windows 11, you can easily do so in Windows Settings. Here is how.

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Select an image as the desktop background
Choosing a solid color for the desktop background
Set a slide show as the desktop wallpaper

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To change your desktop background, you need to first open the Windows Settings app. Fortunately, Microsoft left us a quick shortcut: right-click on the desktop and select “Personalize” from the menu that appears.

The Windows settings are opened in the “Personalization” category. In the main settings list on the right side of the window, select Background.

In Windows 11

In the Background Settings, find the Personalize Your Background option. In the drop-down menu next to it, you can choose one of three options:

  • Image: This allows you to select an image or photo (an image file) to be used as the desktop background.
  • Fixed: That way, you can choose a solid color for your desktop.
  • Slideshow: This option allows you to choose a folder of pictures to be used as desktop wallpapers that will automatically change over time.

From the Personalize Background drop-down menu, choose Image, Solid Color, or Slideshow.

Note that the “Picture” option only applies to the currently active desktop. If you have multiple desktops through the virtual desktop feature in Windows 11, you can set a different image for each virtual desktop. In contrast, the Solid and Slideshow options apply to all of your virtual desktops at the same time.

How to set different background images for virtual desktops in Windows 11

Select an image as the desktop background

When you select Image from the Personalize Background menu, you have two main options. You can either choose from a group of Recent Pictures by clicking a thumbnail, or you can click Browse Folders and select a picture to use that is stored on your PC.


(If you get lost looking for a picture, Windows 11 will save its built-in background images to C:WindowsWebWallpaper By default.)

Use the Image option to select or search for a current image.

From the “Select this image to fit your desktop” drop-down menu, choose the option that best suits you.

  • To fill: This will stretch or compress the image to the width of your screen while maintaining the correct aspect ratio.
  • Fit: This will stretch or compress the image to fit your screen while maintaining the correct aspect ratio.
  • Stretch: This will stretch or compress the selected image to fit the dimensions of the screen without maintaining the original aspect ratio of the image.
  • Tile: This repeats the image as a tile from left to right, starting in the upper left corner, until it fills the entire desktop area of ​​the screen.
  • Center: This will center the image on your screen in its original size and aspect ratio.
  • Range: This option displays an image across multiple desktops on multiple monitors that span across them.

Choosing a solid color for the desktop background

If you select “Single Color” under “Personalize Background”, you can either select one of the pre-selected background colors from the grid of colored squares or you can select a custom color by clicking on “Show Colors”.

With the Solid Color option, click a color in the grid.

Remember, this “Solid Color” option applies to all of your virtual desktops at the same time.

Set a slide show as the desktop wallpaper

When you select Slideshow from the Personalize Background drop-down menu, you’ll see options to help you find a folder that contains images you want to step through over time. After you have selected the folder, you can use the “Change image every” drop-down menu to set how often the image changes. You can also shuffle the image order, turn off the slide show on battery power, and choose an adjustment using the Fill, Adjust, Stretch, etc. options described above.

With the "Slide show" Option, click "Search" to find a folder of pictures you want to view.

Once you have set the desktop the way you like it, close Settings and your desktop wallpaper or background will stay that way until you change Settings again. Windows 11 has tons of fun new wallpapers to explore, so have fun!

This is what the new Windows 11 wallpapers look like

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