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Published: 11/12/2014

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Desktop Background Wallpaper Resizing

An easy solution for most, but for those that are not sure please feel free to read on.

For some time now I have been using Themes from Microsoft with some great looking desktop background pictures and they can be found here:
Microsoft Windows Themes -

I wanted to use my own pictures and art for my desktop background and as always it's a breeze to set up. But I had noticed that some of my pictures were either too large and off the screen or the opposite and not filling the screen. Then I had remembered there used to be a stretch option that you can use in previous versions of windows to make all pictures stretch and fill your whole desktop background.

To stretch your pictures and make them fill up the whole desktop background screen, follow the instructions below.

Windows 7 Wallpaper Resizing 1

Right click your desktop and choose the option 'Personalize'.

Windows 7 Wallpaper Resizing 2

Your Control Panel will pop up showing your desktop personalization options to change the visuals and sounds on your computer.
At the bottom of this window, click the 'Desktop Background' link as shown in the image above indicated by the red arrow.

Windows 7 Wallpaper Resizing 3

A further windows will pop up allowing you to choose your desktop background, along with other options.
We want to stretch our images to fit our whole desktop background, to do this click the drop down arrow on the box at the bottom of this window titled 'Picture position:' and select the 'Stretch' option as inidicated with the red arrow.
Finally in order to save these settings click the 'Save changes' button at the bottom right of the window as indicated by the second red arrow.

That's it, enjoy full size desktop background pictures and photos.

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