How to stop pictures from stretching on wide computer screens

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How to stop pictures from stretching on wide computer screens
Fitting your favourite picture to your desktop is quick and easy. (wide screen laptop computer image by Flashon Studio from

When you want that perfect picture to be the wallpaper on your computer, you don't want it stretched just to fit your widescreen monitor. Setting up your desktop wallpaper not to stretch the picture is quick and easy. You may not be able to fill the screen, but you will have the two choices of centring it or tiling it across the whole screen. If you want to fit the picture to your whole screen, you can try cropping your picture and changing the aspect ratio to better fit a widescreen monitor's resolution.

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Things you need

  • Computer
  • Picture file
  • Photo editing software

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  1. 1

    Click your Start menu and choose Settings.

  2. 2

    Click Control Panel under Settings.

  3. 3

    Open the Display folder and choose the Desktop tab.

  4. 4

    Choose "Tile" or "Center" in the pull-down menu under Position.

  1. 1

    Open your picture with photo-editing software.

  2. 2

    Choose the crop function in the software.

  3. 3

    Save a copy of your original photo. Crop your photo so that the aspect ratio is 640x480 pixels. Most photo-editing software displays this information as you crop. If your software does not, you'll have check your aspect ratio by right-clicking on the picture after cropping and choosing properties. When you have found the correct size, save and choose the file as your new background.

Tips and warnings

  • If the suggested aspect ratio does not work for your picture you may try larger aspect ratios, including 640 x 480 pixels, 800 x 600 pixels, 1024 x 768 pixels, 1280 x 960.

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