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How to change the desktop background in Windows 11

The Windows 11 default theme is pretty nice, but everyone likes to feel more at home with their laptop or desktop, and customising the background is a great way to do that. Here’s how.

Windows 11 offers plenty of options to tailor the look of your PC to your liking. The simplest way is to add a dose of your personal style to your background and it’s extremely simple. You can either opt for something like a treasured picture you’ve taken yourself, go for one of Windows’ own selection of backgrounds, pick from a range of solid colours or, if you can’t choose one photograph, settle on a slideshow of memories.

Whatever one of these routes you decide to go down, it is a super simple process that should really take you less than 10 clicks – we know because, of course, we tested it ourselves. This is our step-by-step guide on how to change the desktop background in Windows 11.

What you’ll need:

  • A Windows 11 PC or laptop

The Short Version:

  • Open Settings
  • Click Personalisation
  • Select Background
  • Choose your preferred option from the “Personalise your background” dropdown
  • Select your Picture, Solid Colour or Slideshow of choice
  1. Step

    Open Settings

    Open the Settings app by selecting Start and searching for Settings. Then, click Settings.

  2. Step

    Click Personalisation

    On the left side of the window, select Personalisation.

  3. Step

    Select Background

    The first option on the Personalisation will be Background, click that.

  4. Step

    Choose your preferred option from the Personalise your background dropdown

    You’ll see a dropdown with options for the type of background you’d like. Choose your preference.

  5. Step

    Select your Picture, Solid Colour or Slideshow of choice

    Once you’ve chosen the type of background, select the Picture, Solid Colour, or Slideshow you’d like to use. Windows Spotlight selects a background for you.


How do I change the classic theme in Windows 11?

A speedier way to switch up the look of your Windows 11 machine is to swap the theme. Open Settings, then Personalisation and you’ll be presented with six quick Themes to choose from.

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