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I cannot resize my desktop background - please help.

by Rammstein420 / August 4, 2008 3:01 AM PDT

I do not remember what I was doing before the onset.

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Not Very Clear There..
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / August 4, 2008 4:27 AM PDT

Is the desktop background all the way to one side? Or are you simply talking about the need to change your screen resolution? A graphics driver issue maybe? What type of monitor do you have? The more information you give us, the better informed our answer will be.

In the meantime..

To make the desktop background larger, smaller, or simply make it fit the screen, try using the monitor buttons to adjust the screen location.

If you need to adjust resolution which can affect the size of the background, then RIGHT click on a blank area of the desktop, choose "Properties", then "Settings", then change the "Screen Resolution" to something that fits your needs.

And if the resolution settings have simply disappeared, please try installing the most current graphics driver for you computer.

Hope this helps.


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no i want to make it at its normal size centered in the midd
by Rammstein420 / August 4, 2008 6:19 AM PDT
In reply to: Not Very Clear There..

but it stays large and blurry taking up the whole area.

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Ah...that's easy...

Go Control Panel->Appearance and Personalization->Personalization->Desktop Background and choose the "center" option.


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yea i tried that already but no dice...
by Rammstein420 / August 4, 2008 7:11 AM PDT
In reply to: Ah...that's easy...

its really wierd...

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This thread is SUPER old but...
by Caffiend81 / November 8, 2011 6:14 PM PST

Apparently this bug is STILL around years later.

If you're having issues using anything but the "Fill" option for a particular desktop background, you probably (like me) just right clicked the image from Windows Photo Viewer and selected "Set as desktop background." This is where the bug comes in. If you go in to change how the image is displayed, selecting "center" or any of the other non-default options, it does absolutely nothing.

Here's how I fixed it:
1. Right click your desktop.
2. Select "Personalize"
3. Click the "Desktop" link along the bottom of the window
4. Click the "Picture location:" drop down menu (where you can browse different folders)
5. Make sure "Windows Photo Viewer" is NOT selected.
6. Check "Downloads" and/or "Pictures" for your image.
7. If the image is not in one of those two folders, move it there.

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by pammbach / February 22, 2012 7:26 AM PST

this worked! thank you.

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Oy Vey!
by KatNerd / July 28, 2012 11:33 AM PDT

Dear Caffiend81,

I was so pumped to find your it was finally different from the same answers of "pick tile, blah blah or blah"...

I'm usually good at figuring this stuff out...but, alas, even your 7 steps haven't helped me. arghhh.

I just restored this hp laptop...with my restore dvds and driver dvd. do you think i should try to re-install the driver dvd to see if that helps? i'm scurred, as i just don't want anything to go wrong...again. ha.

any suggestions would be great. thanks.

i'll keep googling this, in the hopes i can figure it out. Happy

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by KatNerd / July 28, 2012 11:41 AM PDT
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This useless link is a lazy HP article blaming "spyware". ..
by semourebeuttedz / November 22, 2012 9:25 AM PST
In reply to: Yayyy!!!

Serio Kat, is that the only contribution you make, blame it on spyware ????

Thats as bad as blaming all problems on global warming or a politiciian..

I know HP is lazy, but et tu Kat

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Thanks for that solution
by semourebeuttedz / November 22, 2012 9:24 AM PST

Placing the overly large sized source image inside the special "Photos" directory preserved its dimensions instead of annoyingly resizing it.

You helped me restore the desktop to the bleeding size style I had set in XP and eveyr veriosn of windows in memory and this newer Vista auto resizing feature seemed to be an omitted annoyance of vista at the Wikipedia artilcle.

You are the, the authoirty Caffiend81, you're welcome to sneak into my home and steal anything you desire !!!!
Thanks a ton of tons.

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(NT) Cannot get past step 2. No desktop link appears
by specks2009 / May 11, 2014 1:17 AM PDT
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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 11, 2014 1:29 AM PDT
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ths is really good thanks great
by dolcie12 / January 22, 2013 7:58 PM PST
In reply to: Not Very Clear There..

this is really good thanks great

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