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The Computer Corner

By Charles Miller

 

Personalize your Wallpaper

 

One of the nicest things about PCs is that the “P” in PC stands for “personal.” It follows, then, that you are free to personalize your device in a number of ways to suit your personal tastes. One of those ways is to change the colors or the picture used as the background behind your icons. This background is commonly referred to as “wallpaper.” It is extremely simple to jazz up your screen with pretty pictures to let your own personality shine through. The procedure for doing this varies from Mac to Windows to smart phones, so I will summarize each.

On most versions of Microsoft Windows, you point your mouse to a blank part of the desktop not touching any icon and right-click on that blank spot. Next, left-click on “Personalize” to open the Control Panel personalization window. Click the “Desktop Background” option near the left corner. Click on any of the pictures, and Windows places it on your desktop as the background behind your icons. If you do not see any wallpaper you like and want to try one of your own photos, then click the “Browse” button and navigate to your “Pictures” folder to find one of your own images. There is also a setting called “Picture Position,” where you may choose to stretch the picture to fill the screen or display it as tiles. Finally, click “Save Changes” when you are satisfied with your choices.

Windows 10 changed the procedure slightly. Click on the Windows icon in the lower left of the screen, click on “Settings,” then “Personalization,” then “Background.” Windows 10 also offers the additional option of setting one picture as your desktop wallpaper and a different picture for the lock screen.

There is yet another way to choose one of your own photos and set it as your wallpaper, and this way works for both Windows and Mac. Navigate to your Pictures folder to locate the image file you want to use. Right-click on the file, then choose “Set as desktop background.” On Mac, this says “Set Desktop Picture.” Some versions of OS-X have a submenu named “Services” instead, and you will find “Set Desktop Picture” there.

To personalize your iPhone or iPad, please open the “Settings” icon, then tap “Wallpaper” and “Choose a New Wallpaper.” The other way is to open your “Pictures” app to your favorite picture. Tap on the send icon (the arrow pointing up), and there you will see “Use as desktop image.”

Users of most versions of Android, found on many brands of smart phones and tablets, can change their wallpaper by following these steps: Long-press any empty part of the Home screen where your finger is not touching any shortcut icon or widget. A “Wallpaper” menu will appear and from there, you should be able to follow the on-screen instructions. If you are prompted to choose the “Home screen” or “Lock screen,” that means your device permits choosing different images for each.

Charles Miller is a freelance computer consultant, a frequent visitor to San Miguel since 1981, and now practically a full-time resident. He may be contacted at 044 415 101 8528 or email FAQ8 (at) SMAguru.com.

 

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