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Can't fix desktop background

I've run into problem where I can't customize my desktop background. I can select a picture and place it on my background but the background scroll menu, browse button and centering options are grey. What is wrong and how do I fix this?

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This happens due to some virus, it disables these options, download a updated antivirus and scan your system through it

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I cant customize my destop background


if you right click on your desktop and go to personalize you will find the options to change your desktop settings. If you want to use a picture for your desktop background just right click on the picture and select set as desktop background.

Jul 19, 2012 | Acer Aspire Computers & Internet

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How do i ghange the screen resolution (size) on my computer?


on the desk top right click go to properties a window will open select: personalise on windows7 (not home starter edition)
  1. Open Desktop Background by clicking the Start button 4f6cbd09-148c-4dd8-b1f2-48f232a2fd33_47.png, clicking Control Panel, clicking Appearance and Personalization, clicking Personalization, and then clicking Desktop Background.

  2. Click the picture or color you want for your desktop background.

    If the picture you want to use is not in the list of desktop background pictures, click the Picture location down arrow to view other categories, or click Browse to search for the picture on your computer. When you find the picture you want, double-click it. It will become your desktop background and appear in the list of desktop backgrounds.
    8456a207-d4c8-401d-8729-c5dda3f0e72c_15.pngLook for pictures in other locations on your computer

  3. Under How should the picture be positioned, choose to have the picture fit the screen, tile, or be centered on the screen, and then click OK.

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If you choose to have a centered picture as your desktop background, you can also have a color background to frame your picture. Under How should the picture be positioned, click Change background color, click a color, and then click OK.

Windows 7 Starter edition comes with one desktop background, which can't be changed or customized. Please see this link for details.

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/Personalize-your-computer


or if on XP on the desktop right click got to properties select settings and adjust the slider

Feb 10, 2012 | Computers & Internet

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I don't have personalize setting


Messing with regedit isn't a good idea unless you know what your doing. You could have a virus affecting it or a corrupted user profile.
Also if it is solid white, right click on the desktop and click properties, click on the desktop tab, then customize desktop. Click the the Web tab, uncheck lock desktop if it is checked and delete any web pages listed.

Oct 23, 2011 | Dell Inspiron Mini 10 Notebook

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How do you set the background on a Dell to show a slideshow of all of the pictures?


To use your own pictures

1.

Find the pictures that you want to include in your slide show. All of the pictures must be located in the same folder.

Open Desktop Background by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button and clicking Control Panel. In the search box, type desktop background, and then click Change desktop background.

2.

If the pictures that you want to use aren't in the list of desktop background pictures, click the Picture location list to view other categories, or click Browse to search your computer for the folder where the pictures are located.

Picture of the Picture location menuLook for pictures in other locations on your computer.

3.

Select the check box for each picture that you want to include in your slide show.

By default, all of the pictures in a folder are selected and will be part of the slide show. If you don't want all of the pictures in the folder to be included, do one of the following:
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Clear the check box for each picture that you want to remove from the slide show.

Picture of one check box cleared in a group of selected photosClear the check box to remove a picture from the slide show.
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Press the Ctrl key, and then click each picture that you want to remove. Only the selected pictures will appear in the slide show.

To create a slide show of pictures on the desktop, you must select more than one picture. If only one picture is selected, the slide show ends and the selected picture becomes the desktop background.

If all of the pictures in the folder are selected, any new pictures that you add to the folder will be added to the slide show automatically.

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Do one or more of the following:
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Click an item in the Picture position list to crop the pictures to fill the screen, fit the pictures to the screen, stretch the pictures to fit the screen, tile the pictures, or center the pictures on the screen.
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Click an item in the Change picture every list to choose how quickly the slide show changes pictures.
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Select the Shuffle check box to have the pictures appear in a random order.

5.

Click Save changes.

To use pictures that Windows provides as part of a theme

1.

Open Personalization by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, and then clicking Control Panel. In the search box, type personalization, and then click Personalization.

2.

Under Aero Themes, click a theme to apply it to the desktop. With the exception of the Windows 7 theme, all of the Aero themes include a desktop background slide show.

3.

To change the theme's default slide show pictures or settings, click Desktop Background.

4.

Select the check box for each picture that you want to include in your slide show.

By default, all of the pictures associated with a theme are selected and will be part of the slide show. To add pictures from other themes to your slide show, do one of the following:
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Point to each picture that you want to add to the slide show, and then select its check box.

Picture of one check box cleared in a group of selected photosPoint to a picture, and then select its check box to add it to the slide show.
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Press and hold the Ctrl key, and then click each of the pictures that you want to add. Only the selected pictures will appear in the slide show.

To create a slide show of pictures on the desktop, you must select more than one picture. If only one picture is selected, the slide show ends and the selected picture becomes the desktop background.

5.

To change the slide show's settings, do one or more of the following:
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Click an item in the Picture position list to crop the pictures to fill the screen, fit the pictures to the screen, stretch the pictures to fit the screen, tile the pictures, or center the pictures on the screen.
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Click an item in the Change picture every list to choose how quickly the slide show changes pictures.
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Select the Shuffle check box to have the pictures appear in a random order.

6.

Click Save changes.

Your slide show will be part of the unsaved theme that appears under My Themes.

For information about customizing and saving themes, see Create a theme.

You can find more themes to add to your collection in the Personalization Gallery on the Windows website.

For information about customizing a desktop background slide show, see Make changes to your desktop background slide show.

Aug 04, 2011 | Computers & Internet

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I need help changing my background on my Gateway LT20 Series


Hi there and welcome to Fixya!

I'm guessing you're referring to the Windows desktop background. But if not, please provide additional information.

The Windows desktop background is the image on the desktop that appears behind the shortcuts. To change the background, please follow the steps below:

1. Open the "Display Properties" screen by placing the mouse cursor over a blank area of the desktop. Click the right mouse button to access the context menu and choose "Properties". You can also access the "Display Properties" screen by clicking on Start, select Control Panel, and then Appearances and Themes. Open the "Display" shortcut.

2. Select the "Desktop" tab from the "Display Properties" screen.

3. Pick a picture from the Background list by clicking on it and click on "Center, Tile or Stretch" to select the position. Personal pictures in the "My Pictures" folder are listed by name in the Background list.

4. Choose a background picture in another location by clicking on the "Browse" button. You can use any files with the following extensions: .bmp, .dib, .gif, .htm or .jpg. Click on "Center, Tile or Stretch" to select the position.

Jun 28, 2011 | Gateway LT2001u Netbook

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My desktop is only showing a strip of the picture. Everything else is fine. What can I do to restore my full picture on the desktop?


I'm guessing ur talking about background picture. Am i right?
In that case, you have to set your background picture, in order to fit the desktop. You can do it using left click on ur bakground and select Personalize -> desktop background, where you can find options "Fit To screen", "Tile" or "Center". Select "Fit To screen", then press ok. this should do it.
If you are using Vista as operating system. Before Vista, it varies where you can find the setting windows.

Mar 06, 2011 | HP Computers & Internet

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I want to change my desktop background.


click start control panel,display,desktop you can select a different desktop from the drop down list also settings you can change the settings for more or less pixels or from the drop down list pick the appropriate level of color range or troubleshoot also select advanced then general
dpi normal size,larger size or custom settings
hope this helps

Jan 30, 2011 | Computers & Internet

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I can't change my desktop background


Probably your desktop background is locked.
To unlock your desktop do this:

Start >> Control Panel >> Display >> Then select tab "Desktop" and go to "Customize Desktop"
Then select tab >> Web >> Uncheck or delete the locked items.

This will be fixing your problem.
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Oct 14, 2008 | Computers & Internet

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WINDOWSVISTA DESKTOP BACKGROUNDS


what about it? if you want to set a picture as your background, open it with windows photo gallery, then right-click and set as background.

Jan 11, 2008 | Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate Edition

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