Desktop Background Ideas That Go Beyond Wallpaper

Tired of looking at that same seascape every day?

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If you’re in front of a computer all day, staring at the same desktop background can get boring. You may even find that you’ve got wallpaper blindness. Okay, I may have just made that term up, but basically it means you don’t even notice your desktop wallpaper any more.

Switch It Up

The first step you can take to spice up your desktop background involves using the pictures you already have saved on your computer. Imagine a lovely slideshow of your favorite vacation photos, your beautiful family, or even inspirational or funny quotes. You can choose the frequency with which the images change, so you can see a new picture every day, or every hour.

A slideshow desktop background is really easy and can be a lot of fun.

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Right click on your desktop and select Personalize from the menu.
  2. Click on Background in the left menu.
  3. From the Background drop menu select Slideshow.
  4. Click Browse to choose the images on your computer you would like to use in the desktop background slideshow.
  5. Select how long each image is displayed and if you want the pictures to be shuffled.

Go Live

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How calming is this cat in space? via OMGCatsInSpace

Live wallpapers are a great alternative to static images that you get tired of seeing every day. And by “live” I mean animated, or moving. While Windows no longer has native live wallpapers, you can still use one with the help of a third-party tool like DeskScapes. Bear in mind that using a live wallpaper as your desktop background will take up resources, meaning that it may affect your computer speed and it will certainly make a dent in laptop battery life.

If you’re willing to give it a shot you may find a live wallpaper relaxes you, even it if occasionally distracts you. Sitting in front of the computer all day can be surprisingly taxing on your whole body, so a live wallpaper may remind you take a break now and then.

Get Organized

Little did you know, your desktop background can double as your day planner. Want to have all of the files you need for a project all in one easily accessible place? Create a spot for them on your desktop. An image with columns, divided into sections, or a photograph of actual shelves can help you prioritize the items you are working on. While this is particularly handy for work, it’s also great for personal use. Been meaning to organize files? Throw them into the to-do list on your desktop background.

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Kid Desktop Organizer from

One of the best way to find these organizational desktop backgrounds is through Pinterest. If it sounds too easy, that’s because it is. Pinners have already saved a number of different styles for you to choose from. also has a nice variety of styles.

To get this look, all you have to do is download the wallpaper you want to use and follow steps 1 and 2 from above. Instead of Slideshow, select Picture and choose your photo by clicking on the Browse button. You can organize from there!

Customize It

Why not take it one step further and try a free customizable skin like Rainmeter to transform your desktop background image. You can start off with the simple skins that are provided or check out ones created by other people. You can even learn to build your own custom skin.

Rainmeter is a self-described “robust toolkit”, allowing you to keep an eye on things like memory, battery power, email and the weather from your desktop. You can interact with some of the skins, taking notes and writing your own to-do lists. Whether you are looking for something minimal or really out there, there will be a Rainmeter skin to suit your needs.

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Elegance 2 by lilshizzy
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IronMan-Jarvis by scrollofaryavart






Don’t feel stuck in a wallpaper rut. There are plenty of options out there to keep your desktop background interesting, entertaining and even informative. Have you got any other ideas? We’d love to hear from you in the comments.

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