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How to Create a Desktop Slideshow in Windows 7
Published by Brink
10 Nov 2008
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How to Create a Desktop Slideshow in Windows 7

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This will show you how to create a slideshow of wallpaper images (pictures) on your Windows 7 desktop. You will have the option to select how often the pictures change and to shuffle them.

The default folder that Windows 7 uses to store the pictures in is located at:
C:\Windows\Web\Wallpaper.

Note   Note
The Windows 7 Starter and Home Basic editions do not include the Desktop Slideshow feature.

Lets talk about Windows 7 Starter - Windows 7 Team Blog - The Windows Blog

Instead, you will need to use the tutorial in the link below to have a Desktop Slideshow in the Windows 7 Starter and Home Basic editions.

How to Change the Desktop Background in Windows 7 Starter Edition

warning   Warning
If you checked the Turn off all unnecceassary animations box in the Ease of Access Center, or uncheck the Animate controls and elements inside windows option in the Visual Effects settings, then this will also remove the fade effect between wallpapers in the desktop slideshow.

You must also be using a Aero theme to be able to use and set the desktop slideshow.





Here's How:
1. Right click on a empty space on the desktop and click on Personalize.

2. Click on the Desktop Background link at the bottom of the window. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: The name in gray under Desktop Background is the current desktop background file name.
Desktop Slideshow-personalize.jpg
3. You will now see this window. (see screenshots below)
NOTE: You may need to scroll down or enlarge the window to see all available options like below.
Desktop Slideshow-change-2.jpg

Desktop Slideshow-desktop_background.jpg

4. Select a Picture Location
A) Click on the drop down arrow menu to select from the list of available picture folder locations, or click on the Browse button to navigate to the picture folder location. (see screenshots above)

B) Select the picture folder and click on Select Folder.
5. Select Desktop Background Pictures
A) Select more than one picture by right clicking on an available picture, or clicking on the check box (to check) in the upper left corner of the picture. (see screenshots below and below step 3)
Desktop Slideshow-select_images.jpg
6. Select the Picture Position
A) Click on the drop down arrow menu, and click on the picture position you want for the desktop background images. (see screenshots below and below step 3)
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7. Select How Often to Change Pictures
A) Click on the drop down arrow menu, and click on how often you want the pictures to change. (see screenshots above and below step 3)
8. To Shuffle the Pictures
A) Check the Shuffle box to shuffle the selected pictures to change in a random order. (see screenshot below step 3 and below step 6)
NOTE: Uncheck the Shuffle box to have the selected pictures change in order.
9. To Pause Slide Show when on Battery Power
A) Check or uncheck the When using battery, pause the slide show to save power box for what you would like. (see left screenshot below step 3)
NOTE: This option is only available if you have a PC that has a battery (ex: laptop), or a destop with a UPS and it's data cable connected.
10. Click on Save changes to apply the changes. (see screenshots below step 3)

11. Close the Personalize window when done. (see screenshots below step 2)

12. Open your Advanced Power Plan Settings. Under Desktop background settings for Slide show, make sure that you have the setting as Available for both "Plugged in" or "On battery" (if available), and click on OK. (see screenshots below)
NOTE: The "On battery" option is the same setting in step 9 above.
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13. You will now have your selected images (step 5) change automatically on your desktop for how often (step 7) you set it to.

Tip   Tip
You can now also right click on your desktop, and click on Next desktop background to change or scroll your desktop background to the next image you had selected (step 5) in the slideshow.

The keyboard shortcut for this is:
Shift+F10 and press N

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That's it,
Shawn







10 Nov 2008   #1
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello Brink....

Oh my goodness; this is way cool! I already had a folder with well over 125 images from interfacelift; all loaded at 1920 x 1200. I set the whole folder to "shuffle" every 30 seconds. It's awesome! I had heard about this but wasn't sure how to go about it.

Thank you so much for this excellent tutorial!...











Later Ted

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10 Nov 2008   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're welcome Ted. Did you ever get the Sidebar back on?

Shawn
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12 Nov 2008   #3
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello Brink....

Do you have any idea how big (in GB) a file the slideshow can handle; is there too large a file it won't be able to deal with?

No I haven't got the sidebar working again. I would believe that sooner than later people will be asking for a tutorial on this subject.

Thank you again for all the hard work you're putting in here at Seven Forums!









Later Ted
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12 Nov 2008   #4
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hi!

I guess I wasn't clear.......I meant many seperate images in one file. Like from interfacelift.

Sorry for the confusion.












Later Ted
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12 Nov 2008   #5
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

I do not know if a file like that can be used. You might try it and see to let us know if it will work.
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12 Nov 2008   #6
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Thanks!

I'll do that; as I'm adding to the file I'm currently using. About three quarters of a GB at a time.

I'll keep you informed!













Later Ted
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28 Nov 2008   #7
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello all....

I've got the file up to 4.01GB in size with 647 images contained therein. As Brink has said it does take "many minutes" to open the file completely. Fortunately (so far) file size doesn't seem to have any effect on how Desktop Slideshow operates. The only thing I've noticed; if it's on "shuffle" it doesn't seem to go through the entire file; it seems to 'get stuck' around a certain group of images; and continually repeat the same section of the file.

I will continue to keep you updated.









Later Ted
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28 Nov 2008   #8
garysgold

Vista Ult 64 bit Seven Ult RTM x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
The only thing I've noticed; if it's on "shuffle" it doesn't seem to go through the entire file; it seems to 'get stuck' around a certain group of images; and continually repeat the same section of the file.[/COLOR]
Hi Ted,

I've noticed this also and I only have 8 files @ 2.5 MB. Uncheck shuffle and everything is fine.

Gary
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28 Nov 2008   #9
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

...
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
Hello all....

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid
As Brink has said it does take "many minutes" to open the file completely. Fortunately (so far) file size doesn't seem to have any effect on how Desktop Slideshow operates.
I just wanted to clarify; this has nothing to do with how long it takes for DS to start functioning. It starts 'doing its thing' as soon as the OS starts up.


Hello Gary; thanks for the input!


Later Ted
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