How to Make a Slideshow for Your Desktop Wallpaper

by Jason Artman

The Internet has no shortage of high-quality photographs to use as desktop wallpaper. Some might even say that there are too many because choosing a single image from the plethora that are available may seem nearly impossible. Alleviate this issue by using a utility that will turn your desktop into a constantly changing slideshow.

Windows XP

Place all the images for your wallpaper slideshow into one folder. Download and install the Microsoft Windows XP Wallpaper changer (see the link in the Resources). Launch the program.

Browse to the folder where your wallpaper images are stored using the folder tree on the left side of the window. All the images in the chosen folder will be used for the slideshow.

Set the duration that each image will be shown using the slider. Click "OK" to start the slideshow.

Windows Vista

Place all the images for your wallpaper slideshow into one folder. Click the Windows logo and "R" keys on the keyboard simultaneously to display the Run dialog box. Type "Sidebar" without the quotation marks. Press "Enter."

Download and install the Desktop Wallpaper Gadget (see link in Resources).

Click the "+" icon on the Vista Sidebar. This launches a new window, allowing you to add new gadgets to the Sidebar. Drag "Desktop Wallpaper" gadget to the Sidebar. Click the wrench icon on the Desktop Wallpaper gadget to bring up the configuration screen.

Use the "Folder" drop-down menu to select the folder where your wallpaper images are stored. Use the "Show Each Picture" drop down to select the frequency at which images should be changed. Click "OK" to start the slideshow.

Windows 7

Place all the images for your wallpaper slideshow into one folder. Right click on the desktop and choose "Personalize."

Use the drop-down menu or the "Browse" button at the top of the screen to navigate to the folder where your wallpaper images are stored. Select each picture from the chosen folder that you would like to be displayed in the slideshow. Use the drop down menu at the bottom of the screen to choose how often the desktop wallpaper should be changed.

Click "Save changes" to start the slideshow.

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About the Author

Jason Artman has been a technical writer since entering the field in 1999 while attending Michigan State University. Artman has published numerous articles for various websites, covering a diverse array of computer-related topics including hardware, software, games and gadgets.