Right now I’m gazing at the most beautiful pictures that Mark Wallace shot on the Isle of Man. They are on my desktop and dissolve one to the next every 10 seconds.
Because that is what I want from my desktop: obedience.
Next week I’ll change to the pictures from a long-ago trip to New Orleans, where I first discovered the photographic qualities of architecture.
What about the grandbabies? Where are the grandbabies? Well, the truth is that if I put my children or grandchildren on my desktop, I get so distracted staring at them that I can’t work. I’m hoping you are not afflicted in that way and can enjoy pictures of your loved ones staring out at you from the screen.
Wait! You’re saying that you’re seeing only the default Windows screen that came with the computer or a three-year-old picture of kittens that your daughter put on there for you–and they are not even YOUR kittens!
That is an easy fix.
Using your right mouse button, click in an empty space on your desktop. (If your desktop is full of random icons and every file in your computer, then we will talk later.)
A window will open. Click the last word: PERSONALIZE
In the new window, left, you will see the standard desktop choices that came with the computer. Feel free to click on one of these, right, and it will show up as your new desktop. Click SAVE CHANGES and you’re done. .
But, if you want to put personal pictures on your desktop, click BROWSE at the top of the window, left, and navigate to your picture files.
When you click the folder of pictures you want, the folder will open and all the pictures will be checked. If you want them all to play through, don’t do anything, but if you want to choose a specific picture, right, or set of pictures, click CLEAR ALL, then check the ones you want and click SELECT.
You’ll see your picture on the desktop, but it may look weird. So, click DESKTOP BACKGROUND at the bottom of the screen, left. Choose how yo want the picture to fit or fill the screen, (picture on the right.) Then choose the time you want each picture to stay on the screen before it changes.
Click SAVE CHANGES and you’re done. You should be watching your slideshow on your desktop or your very own little Chewbacca.
Now you see why I get distracted.