How to select a new wallpaper in Windows 8

Your desktop background can be a different picture set for each specific monitor, a single picture set for all monitors, or a slide show playing selected pictures randomly on all monitors.

In this tutorial we will show you how to select the images of your choice as your desktop background wallpaper or slide show in Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1.

[alert-note]To get the best results, you will have to select a screenshot with the same resolution as your monitor.[/alert-note]

If you are using a Microsoft account and have the Personalize setting turned on to sync, then the desktop background you currently have set will also be displayed on any PC that you sign in to with the same Microsoft account.

Let’s get started

  1. Go to your Desktop, right-click and select Personalize
    Peronalize How to select a new wallpaper in Windows 8 wallpaper

    Personalize

  2. The Personalize screen will open
    Personalize Screen How to select a new wallpaper in Windows 8 wallpaper

    Personalize Screen

  3. Click on the Desktop picture
    Select Desktop How to select a new wallpaper in Windows 8 wallpaper

    Select Desktop

  4. Select the ‘Browse’ option
    Select Browse How to select a new wallpaper in Windows 8 wallpaper

    Select Browse

  5. Find the map or individual wallpapers you would like to add
  6. Add them and you are done!

Using multiple Wallpapers

  1. Get to the Personalize -> Desktop screen
  2. Add your files or maps to the Wallpaper selection
  3. Click the select box on multiple picture to add them to the slide show
    select multiple How to select a new wallpaper in Windows 8 wallpaper

    Select Wallpapers

  4. Go to the bottom of the Personalize screen and set yourslideshow settings
    Slideshow Settings How to select a new wallpaper in Windows 8 wallpaper

    Slideshow Settings

That’s it!

Free Wallpapers

You can find wallpapers for free on the microsoft site or take a look at our WindowsInstructed Wallpaper list.

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Pepijn van Gastel
Pepijn has always been passionate about technology, but found his vocation in medicine. As of today he has focused it's experience on his new startup company PuurHost.nl and is therefore not an active participator of WindowsInstructed anymore.

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