How to Make Your Desktop Background Smaller

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How to Make Your Desktop Background Smaller
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Desktop backgrounds, also called desktop wallpapers, are images displayed on a computer screen behind all of the desktop icons and windows. A customised desktop background can be a nice way to personalise a computer, but if you set your own image or photograph as a background, it may appear larger or more zoomed in than you would like. If your background image appears too large, you can make it smaller using a simple image editing program such as Paint, which is built in to Windows PCs.

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Things you need

  • Image editing software

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  1. 1

    Browse your computer for the image you are using as your desktop background.

  2. 2

    Open the image with an image editing program. Windows PCs come with an accessory called Paint, which can be used to edit an image; to open an image with Paint, right click on the image, select "Open With," and then select "Paint"

  3. 3

    Resize the image using your image editing program. Most image editing programs have an option to resize or scale an image under an edit, image, view or effects menu. You may even be able to click on the edge of the image and simply drag the edge to resize the image. In Paint, click "Image," "Resize/Skew," type values less than 100 in the fields called "Horizontal" and "Vertical" and then click "OK."

  4. 4

    Save the resized image.

  5. 5

    Browse your computer for the resized image, right click on it and select "Set as Desktop Background."

Tips and warnings

  • You can set any image to your background by right clicking on it and selecting "Set as Desktop Background."
  • Increasing your display resolution can make a background image and icons appear smaller, though the image itself will not actually be smaller.

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