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Windows 7: How can I save the desktop wallpapers I've chosen from web

18 May 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
How can I save the desktop wallpapers I've chosen from web

In Windows Vista, your web wallpapers would stay saved in a directory in case you wanted to chose them later. I want to do the same thing with Windows 7. Assuming it worked the same way, I've lost at least 10 desktop wallpapers that I meant to keep for use later. I've searched far and wide in the web for an answer to this, but all I find is how to get to your default wallpapers; and how to delete wallpapers you no longer want. I do not want to delete anything, I just want to be able to select desktop wallpapers I've selected straight from web, into my computer for use later.

If this is a browser related issue, I use all of these browsers: IE, Firefox and Safari and want to keep everything I choose as wallpaper. How can I do this?

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18 May 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x86

Put them here, that's where usually Windows walls are, too
You can even organize them by creating different Sub directories
If you don't want to go through to search those directories from every browser, just save to Desktop and move the pics from there

But there is a second way: if you use a theme pack you can also put the pics in


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18 May 2011   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

Thanks for your help,

I will try to do that, but in Vista they'd auto save themselves there when you'd chose them as wallpapers. I don't want to have to click save and have to navigate there all the time, I'm constantly downloading images from the web as I work in wikis, imagine me having to navigate to three or more different directories per day, I'd go insane

Well, I'm going to put a desktop shortcut for it in that case, I wish there was an easier way... I already have several shortcuts to several image folders - one more it's only making my life a bit harder.
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18 May 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x86

Well you could always just make your own folder somewhere and specify the pics there as Desktops

How can I save the desktop wallpapers I've chosen from web-capture.jpg

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18 May 2011   #5
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1

i can just drag pictures from my browser right onto my desktop - then i right-click it and 'set as desktop background' - it will save itself, and i can then delete it from my desktop.

i've just tried it by dragging sledge's signature to my desktop and rightclicking - warning: it looks awful as a wallpaper!

How can I save the desktop wallpapers I've chosen from web-wall.jpg

i've found the picture saved in 'c:\users\[yourname]\appdata\roaming\microsoft\windows\themes' phew.

note that you have to have 'show hidden files' enabled in windows explorer.

oh, and welcome to sevenforums, molokaicreeper

*edit* on second thoughts, this doesn't really answer your question. maybe i should delete this post?

no, i'll keep it, because maybe it's interestingly unusual to use somebody's signature as a wallpaper. )

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18 May 2011   #6
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1

Wow Mickey, I never thought of doing it that way. If ya tile the sig it looks better.
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19 May 2011   #7

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

MS Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1

Just to add, when using wallpapers try to download the original wallpaper and put it into a folder, then do what SledgeDG says.

My experience with windows 7 is if you right click a wallpaper from the web and use the 'set as desktop background' from the right click menu, windows 7 re-samples it to jpeg, even if it is a jpeg, this degrades the quality of the image.

e.g. If you download one of the carbon wallpapers from here Gfx-effects | Free High Quality Desktop Wallpapers & Tutorials using the 'set as desktop background' feature then look at the carbon, its all messed up, However if you download and put it into a folder then use that folder as SledgeDG suggests the wallpaper is clean and crisp!!

Try it you will see what I mean
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19 May 2011   #8

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64

You could make a symbolic link.

If you direct your wallpaper downloads to %userprofile%\downloads\pics for example, then you could do something like this:

from cmd prompt

mklink /D /J %windir%\web\wallpaper\pics %userprofile%\downloads\pics

Edit - ooops forgot the /J
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