How To Change Desktop Background In Windows 10 [Latest 2021]

With the plethora of options available to make our system personalised, updating the desktop background is probably one of the go-to things for most of us. However, some people never think of doing so or struggle with it as they don’t know how to change the wallpaper on windows 10. If you fall into this category, you must consider having a new one. As with our eyes glued on the computers for work more than ever, we must think of spicing our desktop screens, that is beyond the classic blue theme, one that inspires, resonates with you and your thought process. It doesn’t matter if it is a motivational quote from your favourite leader to get that zest in slothful afternoons, any personal picture, or scenery to enhance the overall aesthetic of your PC. There are endless possibilities with wallpapers. 

Want to learn how to change the background/wallpaper on Windows 10. Read on! 

How to Change the Wallpaper on Windows 10 Desktop

There are many ways in which one can set their Windows 10 desktop background with ease. Let’s go through them all at once here:

Change Desktop Background Using The Right-click Function:

It is probably the easiest & fastest way to change wallpaper Windows 10. Follow the quick steps below. 

  • Open your File Explorer and choose the image you want to set as your desktop wallpaper. 
  • Click right on the image, and select the Set as desktop background option from the menu.

Note: You can also adjust the image size (how it fits the screen) or select multiple images & create a slideshow, continue reading to know the process. 

Change Background Windows 10 From Desktop:

An alternate way to the previous method will be to change the desktop wallpaper from the Settings app. Here are the steps to follow. 

  • While staying on the desktop, click right anywhere on the screen, 
  • Now, select the Personalisation option from the menu.
  • Once you perform the above steps, a Settings window will open, wherein you will find the Background section. 
  • On the right side, you will find a preview image of your wallpaper looks in current settings. Below that, there are a series of settings options available. 
  • Now go to the background (below the preview image). Click on the drop-down box and select the Picture option by clicking on it. 
  • Move ahead and go to Choose your picture section, wherein you will find a series of pictures that you can select at the instant to set the wallpaper (by clicking on one of them).
  • Else, if you wish to use a different picture apart from the ones in the list, click on the Browse button. Go over your PC and select the image you want as your Windows 10 background. 
  • Click on the Choose picture button to confirm the image. 
  • Once you do that, your selected picture will set as your Windows 10 background, and you shall be able to see it in the preview section. 

Multiple Images For Windows 10 Desktop Background (Slideshow):

If you want your system to look more lively and attractive, use multiple pictures as wallpapers. 

  • While staying on the desktop, click right anywhere on the screen. 
  • Now, select the Personalisation option from the menu.
  • Once you perform the above steps, a Settings window will open.
  • Now go to the background (below the preview image) and click on the drop-down box and select the Slideshow option by clicking on it. 
  • Moving forward, underneath Choose albums for your slideshow option, click the Browse button. 
  • Go through your folders and select the one that has images you want to add to the wallpapers. 
  • Note: Make sure to create a folder and add all the images before performing the above steps, as you will be able to select only one folder at a time. 
  • Click on the Choose this folder button to confirm the images. 
  • Once done, a slideshow will start to play in the background, wherein the images change accordion to the time interval set by you. 
  • Below the Browse button, you will find an option called “Change picture every, from there, you can select the time frame.  
  • Also, you can enable/disable the shuffle option as per the preference. 

How to Change the Desktop Wallpaper in Windows 10 by Setting a New Theme:

If you are looking for changing wallpaper, Windows 10 comes with Themes as well. Every theme has its collection of wallpapers, colour palettes, sounds, & screensavers for you to choose from. You can select one or use them as a slideshow. Here how you can set Themes for your desktop. 

  • On the desktop, click right anywhere on the screen 
  • Now, select the Personalisation option from the menu.
  • Once you perform the above steps, a Settings window will open.
  • On the left side, under Personalisation, select Themes
  • Look for the available themes and opt for the one you like. 
  • Once you do it, your wallpaper will be updated, along with the collections available in that particular theme that may include colours, sounds, and cursors.

Note: You can use the Get more themes in the Microsoft Store option to browse the collection of more such Themes.

Customising The Picture To How It Will Fit Your Screen (Applicable To All The Methods Mentioned Above)

  • On the desktop, click right anywhere on the screen 
  • Now, select the Personalisation option from the menu.
  • As you do it, a Settings window will open.
  • On the right side, towards the bottom, find Choose a fit option.
  • You can choose any of the mentioned as per your preference.

a. Fill: Stretches or crops your image to fill on your screen. 

b. Fit: Enlarges the image so it can fill in the whole screen space. 

c. Stretch: Stretches or Squashes the image so it can fit the screen dimensions. 

d. Tile: Turns your image into multiple smaller ones. 

e. Center: Puts your image at the center of the screen

f. Span: Stretches the image to multiple monitors connected to the computer

Frequently Asked Questions ( FAQ's)

Q1. How can I stop wallpapers from changing automatically in Windows 10?

A. Employ either of the following methods:

M1. Press Window + R >> Type powercfg.cpl & press Enter >> Select Change plan settings >> Click Change advanced power settings >> Click Slideshow, Select Paused for On Battery & Plugged In >> Reboot the System

M2. Click Right >> Personalise >> Themes >> Sync your Settings >> Disable Sync Settings (Toggle) >> Reboot the System 

M3. Click Right >> Personalise >> Under Background, Select Picture >> Click Browse >> Select Image >> Choose a fit >> Reboot the system 


Q2. How can I lock (Stop Someone Changing) the desktop background in Windows 10?

  • Press Window + R >> Type gpedit.msc & press OK 
  • User Configuration >> Administrative Templates >> Control Panel >> Personalisation. 
  • Select Prevent changing desktop background & double click it. 
  • Select Enabled, click on Apply, and then OK. 

Q3. Do Windows 10 come with live wallpapers?

A. Windows 10 doesn’t natively support live wallpapers. However, you can use software to enable this feature on your system.  


Q4. How Can I Install Live Wallpapers on Windows 10?

  • Select & Install the App from where you want to get the wallpaper
  • Follow the instructions provided.
  • Choose the Live Wallpapers & Download them.
  • Double Click or Select the option to set it as the wallpaper. 

Q5. Where Can I find the stored default wallpapers & Themes in windows 10?

A. You can find default wallpapers in C:/Windows/Web & Themes in C:\Windows\Resources\Themes


Updating the Windows 10 background is a quick and straightforward process. Besides, it’s not just something that makes your computer stylish but could inspire you, help you gather focus for your work, and get more done as you sit down before your computer screens. 

Follow the methods & steps and play with the designs as much you like. Also, do let us which of the mentioned methods you find quick & helpful in the comments section.



My name is Sean and I started this project in 2020. It has been growing ever since. I am a serial tech entrepreneur and a tech geek. My experience in blogging and technology helps me understand what type of content people are looking for and I intend to provide the information in the best possible way.

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