How to set a photo as your Windows desktop background

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The assorted wallpapers and photos that ship with Windows can range from bland from beautiful. Then there are the multitude of websites out there like, which offer a treasure trove of stunning images to help you personalize your PC.

But what if you wanted to add a more personal touch to your machine, like say, a photo of your wife or girlfriend? Perhaps you’d rather stare at a pic of Petunia, your mom’s vicious Rottweiler, instead of whatever stock wallpaper is currently dominating your screen.

Here, we’ll show you how to set up one of your photos on your PC so that it takes up residence as your rig’s desktop wallpaper. It’s easy to pull off too.

How to set a photo as your Windows desktop background

First, right click on your desktop and click Personalize. Then, click the Desktop Background button at the bottom of the Personalize window. After that, click Browse towards the top and find the folder that contains the photo that you want to use as your new Windows wallpaper. To make things simpler, you might want to move your target photo to your desktop. That way, you can just click Desktop at the top of the Browse menu. Once done, click OK.

If the folder you select contains more than one photo, click Clear all towards the upper left side of the window. Then, you can manually select which photo you want to use as your background by hovering your mouse over it and clicking the check box in the upper left corner of that wallpaper’s thumbnail image.

From there, click Picture position in the bottom left corner of the window to adjust the photo’s orientation as you see fit. From here, you can center the image, stretch it so that it fills up the entire screen and more. When done, click Save changes in the bottom right corner of the window, and you’ll be all set.

From here on out, the photo you just picked out will be all over your PC’s desktop. Enjoy.