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Windows 7: Desktop Background Shortcut - Create


Desktop Background Shortcut - Create

How to Create a Change "Desktop Background" Shortcut in Vista and Windows 7
Published by Brink
30 Apr 2011
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How to Create a Change "Desktop Background" Shortcut in Vista and Windows 7

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This will show you how to create or download a change Desktop Background shortcut to change your desktop background to either a wallpaper picture (image), solid color, or slideshow (Windows 7 only) of you choice in Vista and Windows 7.

The Windows 7 Starter and Home Basic editions do not have this feature included in them.


EXAMPLE: Desktop Background in Vista and Windows 7
Desktop Background Shortcut - Create-vista_desktop_background.jpgDesktop Background Shortcut - Create-windows7_desktop_background.jpg



OPTION ONE
To Download the "Desktop Background" Shortcut
1. Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
Desktop_Background.zip
download
2. Click on Save, and save the .zip file to the desktop.

3. Open the .zip file and extract (drag and drop) the Desktop Background shortcut to the desktop.

4. Right click on the Desktop Background shortcut, and click on Properties, General tab, and on the Unblock button.
NOTE: If you do not have a Unblock button under the General tab, then the shortcut is already unblocked and you can continue on to step 5.

5. You can now Pin to Taskbar (Windows 7 only) or Pin to Start Menu this shortcut, assign a keyboard shortcut to it, or move it where you like for easy use.

6. When done, you can delete the downloaded .zip file on the desktop if you like, or save it to use again.






OPTION TWO
To Manually Create the "Desktop Background" Shortcut
1. Right click on a empty area on desktop, and click on New and Shortcut.

2. Type the command below into the location area, and click on the Next button. (see screenshot below)
rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL desk.cpl,,@desktop
Name:  Step1.jpg
Views: 1463
Size:  93.6 KB
3. Type Desktop Background for the name, and click on the Finish button. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: You can name this anything you would like though.
Name:  Step2.jpg
Views: 1432
Size:  71.5 KB
4. Right click on the new Desktop Background shortcut on the Desktop and click on Properties.

5. Click on the Shortcut tab, then click on the Change Icon button. (see screenshot below)
Name:  Step3.jpg
Views: 1440
Size:  60.5 KB
6. In the line under "Look for icons in this file", type the location below and press Enter. (see screenshot below)
%windir%\System32\desk.cpl
Name:  Step4.jpg
Views: 1425
Size:  27.9 KB
7. Select the icon highlighted in blue above and click on OK. (see screenshot above)
NOTE: You can use any icon that you would like instead though.

8. Click on OK. (see screenshot below)
Name:  Step5.jpg
Views: 1442
Size:  62.0 KB
9. You can now Pin to Taskbar (Windows 7 only) or Pin to Start Menu this shortcut, assign a keyboard shortcut to it, or move it where you like for easy use.
That's it,
Shawn





22 Feb 2012   #1
Fairway

Win7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Sorry doesnt work

Tried both solutions and both resulted (of course) in the same result: in Windows 7 Ultimate x64 it doesnt work:
I end up with the result that the chosen shortcut opens the desktop personalisation window and within that the desktop background panel of the current theme.
So, not what I was looking for.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Feb 2012   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Fairway, and welcome to Seven Forums.

That's what this shortcut is suppose to open to as in the example screenshots at the top of the tutorial.

Could you post a screenshot of what you wanted to be opened by a shortcut instead? I may be able create one for it for you.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Feb 2012   #3
Fairway

Win7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thanks for the quick response.
What I was looking for is a shortcut to change the wallpaper in a theme to the next wallpaper. So, not by opening the wallpaper manager but a one keystroke solution instead of: going to desktop, rightclick and select next wallpaper, or with keystrokes: Winkey+D, Shift+F10, n.

Screenshot of your shortcut applet result when applied is not the next wallpaper in my current theme, but:
My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Feb 2012   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Fairway,

I'm not sure of any other way than those though.

Desktop Slideshow
My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Feb 2012   #5
Fairway

Win7 Ultimate x64
 
 

My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Feb 2012   #6
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

That should work.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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