Windows 7 Rotating Desktop Backgrounds–Using Your Own Pictures

I had a question in a class I was teaching that I thought deserved an answer.  We were discussing the beautiful rotating desktop backgrounds that come with Windows 7, and someone wanted to know if there is a way to use your own images.  After a little sleuthing on my part, I found out that it is very easy to add your own backgrounds to Windows 7.

First minimize all your open applications by clicking on the little bar on the Taskbar, on the end by the clock and Tool Tray.  (Another cool feature of Windows 7.)  The right click on the Desktop and choose Personalize from the context menu.  Make sure you have already chosen one of the slide show backgrounds.  At the very bottom of the Personalize window, click on the link that says “Desktop Background".”

This opens the “Choose Desktop Background” window.  Note at the top the “Picture Location” drop down box.  Click on the Browse button, and navigate to your Pictures Library, and select your image from there.  I found it is easier to do if all the pictures you want in the background slide show are in the same folder already.  When I did this I chose pictures from our recent vacation in South Dakota.

You will see your pictures in the large windows below the selector.  Checking the check box selects an image, unchecking will keep it out of your slide show.  The save the selections as a desktop theme, and it will be added to the other selections already available in the Personalize window.

If you would like this explained with pictures, please check out the tutorial on  And have fun with this feature.  I am planning to add a few other slide show desktop backgrounds myself.


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I am a cybersecurity and IT instructor, cybersecurity analyst, pen-tester, trainer, and speaker. I am an owner of the WyzCo Group Inc. In addition to consulting on security products and services, I also conduct security audits, compliance audits, vulnerability assessments and penetration tests. I also teach Cybersecurity Awareness Training classes. I work as an information technology and cybersecurity instructor for several training and certification organizations. I have worked in corporate, military, government, and workforce development training environments I am a frequent speaker at professional conferences such as the Minnesota Bloggers Conference, Secure360 Security Conference in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, the (ISC)2 World Congress 2016, and the ISSA International Conference 2017, and many local community organizations, including Chambers of Commerce, SCORE, and several school districts. I have been blogging on cybersecurity since 2006 at

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