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by JB Burke

Q. I have a bunch of photos and I'd like to make them my Windows 7 desktop wallpaper. What is the easiest way to do that?

A. It's nice to have your own images that mean something to you, to look at on your desktop. The process for doing that is quite simple. First, put all your photos into one folder. This could be on your desktop, your "C" drive, or on another disk if you have a separate data drive. Make sure they are all JPG format photos. You can also use PNG or GIF, but they are less common and probably won't look as good. Typically horizontal (landscape) photos will fill the screen better, but you can also use vertical (portrait) photos if that's what you want. Also note the resolution of your screen. For example, if you have a screen capable of displaying images up to 1900 x 1080 pixels, then images that are stored at much lower resolution may look unclear, with jaggies (rough edges) showing.

Next, go to an empty place on your desktop and right click with your mouse. Move your cursor down to the bottom of that menu and click on "Personalize". Go down to the bottom of the resulting screen and click on "Desktop Background". At the top you'll now see "Picture location:" with a drop-down box. To the right of that, click on "Browse…" In the "Browse for folder" window, find the folder where you saved your photos, select it and click OK. They should all be selected (highlighted), but if not, click on "Select all".

Now go to the bottom of the screen and click the down arrow in the "Picture position" box, and you'll see a choice between Fill, Fit, Stretch, Tile and Center. Be careful - Fill, Stretch and Tile will modify or multiply your images, so I avoid those. I'd choose either Fit or Center for the most pleasing result. Then determine how often you want the image changed and whether they should be "shuffled". Finally click "Save changes", close the window, and you should be all set. Enjoy.

Published: Courier 2/16/14 - Page 3C