How to Change Wallpaper on Windows 11

How to Change Wallpaper on Windows 11

New Windows 11 focuses heavily on the appearance aspect of Graphical User Interface i.e. GUI. The first impression of a computer is greatly influenced by the Desktop Wallpaper. So, Windows 11 has made various changes to it which may confuse new users. In this article, we are going to explore different ways on how to change wallpaper on Windows 11. In addition, we have explained how to change desktop background on Windows 11 and customize wallpapers and colors. While some of these may seem familiar, others are totally new. Let us begin!

How to Change Wallpaper on Windows 11

How to Change Desktop Wallpaper or Background on Windows 11

Method 1: Via Windows Settings

Settings app is the hub of all customizations and changes you could do on your computer. Changing wallpaper is also a part of it. Here’s how to change wallpaper on Windows 11 through Windows Settings:

1. Click on the Search icon and type Settings. Then, click on Open, as shown.

Start menu search results for settings. How to change wallpaper on Windows 11

2. Click on Personalization in the left pane and select Background option, as highlighted below.

Personalization section in the settings window

3. Now, click on Browse photos.

Background section of personalization. How to change wallpaper on Windows 11

4. Browse through your file storage to find the wallpaper you want to set as Desktop background. Select the file and click on Choose picture, as depicted below.

Choosing wallpaper from browsing files.

Method 2: Via File Explorer

Alternately, you could set wallpaper while browsing through your file directory, as follows:

1. Press Windows + E keys simultaneously to open File Explorer.

2. Browse through the directories to find the Image you want to set as Desktop background.

3. Now, right-click on the image file and select Set as desktop background option.

Right click menu on the image file and select Set as desktop background. How to change wallpaper on Windows 11

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Method 3: Using Default Wallpapers

Windows 11 comes pre-equipped with all new wallpapers and themes that you could possibly need. Here’s how to change desktop wallpaper on Windows 11 through File Explorer:

1. Press Windows + E keys together to open File Explorer, as earlier.

2. In the Address bar, type X:\Windows\Web and press Enter key.

Note: Here, X represents the primary drive where Windows 11 is installed.

3. Choose a wallpaper category from the given list and select your desired wallpaper.

Note: There are 4 wallpaper folder categories: 4K, Screen, touchkeyboard, & wallpaper. Also, Wallpaper folder has sub-categories like Captured Motion, Flow, Glow, Sunrise, Windows.

Folders containing Windows default wallpaper. How to change wallpaper on Windows 11

4. Lastly, right-click on the image file and select Set as desktop background option.

Right click menu on the image file and select Set as desktop background. How to change wallpaper on Windows 11

Method 4: Through Photo viewer

Found a perfect wallpaper while going through your photos using Photo Viewer? Here’s how to set it as dekstop background:

1. Browse through the saved images using Photo Viewer.

2. Then, click on the three-dotted icon from the top bar.

3. Here, select Set as > Set as background option, as illustrated below.

Setting an images as desktop background in Photo Viewer

Also Read: Set Daily Bing Image As Wallpaper On Windows 10

Method 5: Through Web Browsers

Internet is the perfect place for your next desktop background. If you come across an image that is perfect for your next desktop background, you could set it as your desktop wallpaper using these steps:

1. Launch a web browser such as Google Chrome and search for your desired image.

2. Right-click on the Image you like and select Set Image as Desktop background… option, as depicted.

Set Image as Desktop Background.....

How to Customize Desktop Background

Now, that you know how to change desktop background on Windows 11, follow given methods to customize it.

Method 1: Set Solid Color as Desktop Background

Setting a solid color as your desktop background is one of many ways you could give a minimalistic look to your computer.

1. Launch Settings from the search results, as shown.

Start menu search results for settings. How to change wallpaper on Windows 11

2. Click on Personalization > Background, as depicted below.

Personalization section in the settings window

3. Select Solid color from Personalize your background drop-down list.

Solid color option in the drop-down list for Personalize your background. How to change wallpaper on Windows 11

4A. Select your desired color from the color options given under Choose your background color section.

Select color or click on View colors from Solid color options

4B. Alternatively, click on View colors to choose a custom color instead.

choose color from Custom color picker. How to change wallpaper on Windows 11

Also Read: Fix Black Desktop Background In Windows 10

Method 2: Set Slideshow in Desktop Background

You could set a slideshow of your favorite photos of your family or friends or vacation as well. Here’s how to change wallpaper on Windows 11 by setting slideshow as the background:

1. Go to Settings > Personalize > Background as instructed in the previous method.

2. This time, choose Slideshow in the Personalize your background drop-down menu, as illustrated below.

Slideshow option in the drop-down list for personalize your background option

3. In Choose a picture album for a slideshow option, click on Browse button.

Browse option to select folder for slideshow.

4. Browse through the directories and select your Desired folder. Then, click on Choose this folder as shown.

Choosing the folder containing images for the slideshow. How to change wallpaper on Windows 11

5. You can customize the slideshow from the given options viz:

  • Change picture every <t> minutes: You can choose the time period after which pictures will change.
  • Shuffle the picture order: The pics will not appear in chronological order as saved in the folder, but will be shuffled randomly.
  • Let slideshow run even if I’m on battery power: Turn it off when you want to save battery, otherwise it can be kept turned on.
  • Choose a fit for your desktop image: We recommend using Fill option to view pics in full screen mode.

Option to customize the slideshow.

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Elon is a tech writer at TechCult. He's been writing how-to guides for about 6 years now and has covered many topics. He loves to cover topics related to Windows, Android, and the latest tricks and tips.

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