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Windows 7 - How to Make Your Own Desktop Slideshow

Windows 7 provides an all-new desktop customization feature in the form of desktop slideshows. A long-requested feature, it is no longer necessary to use third-party software to add this functionality. You can add as many images as you want to your desktop slideshow and you can choose how frequently you want the images to change. Follow this guide to learn how to customize your Windows 7 desktop with your favourite set of photos.

First, copy all of your photos to the same folder or library. When you're done, right-click on the desktop and click "Personalize." The personalization section of the control panel will appear. Here you can choose existing themes including desktop backgrounds, slideshows, colour themes, system sounds and screensavers. Click on "Desktop Background" at the bottom of this window.

Click "Browse" beside the picture location above the thumbnails. Browse to the folder containing the pictures you want to use. If you copied them to the "Pictures" folder in your user account, they'll appear in the pictures library by default. If you want to make a desktop slideshow containing all of the pictures in your library, choose "Pictures Library" from the dropdown box. Libraries are a new feature in Windows 7 providing convenient access to specific types of files such as pictures, music or videos stored in multiple folders.

When you've chosen the folder or library, a list of thumbnail previews of all of the images will appear below. Select the images you want or just click "Select all" to use all of them in your desktop slideshow. Choose the best picture position from the button in the bottom-left corner of the window and choose how frequently you want the pictures to change. You can also check the box beside "Shuffle" if you want a random image from the collection to be displayed each time. Click "Save changes" when you're done.

You may also want to save the theme and name it, so that it's easy to identify in the future. This is useful if you frequently change between different desktop themes. To do this, click "Save theme" and enter a new name for it. The new theme will always appear under the section entitled "My Themes" and you can display it at any time simply by left-clicking on it.


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