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How To Set E-mailed Photo As Desktop Background?

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013 by | Filed Under: File & Disk Management, Photo Editing, Windows Explorer

Patricia from Buffalo, NY writes:

An email was sent to me with an attachment containing a photo. I would like to use the photo(of my grandson) as the Desktop background on my PC. How do I do that? I am somewhat computer illiterate. Thanks in advance for your help.


To set a photo as your background you want to start by saving the photo to your local computer. Right-click on the photo and select save as or save image as and save it to your pictures folder (or a folder of your choice). Now right-click on a blank area of your desktop and click Personalize.

Click on Desktop Background on the lower bar and then click Browse and select the folder where you saved your picture, then press OK. Click on your photo from the displayed photos and choose Save Changes.

The image should now appear as your desktop background.


P.S. Using Windows XP still? You can read Microsoft’s directions for setting a desktop background photo by clicking here.

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2 Responses to “How To Set E-mailed Photo As Desktop Background?”

  1. Colane says:

    That is a lot of steps for a simple process. I would save the photo to wherever. Then right click on it and click on Set as Background.

  2. Bill B. says:

    You did not explain to the person that the photo may not fit the screen because it is too large or too small to look decent on the desktop….And you did not explain how to change its size to fit !

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