How to remove a wallpaper from the list of desktop wallpapers

How to remove a wallpaper from the list of desktop wallpapers
How to remove a wallpaper from the list of desktop wallpapers
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Desktop wallpapers let you express your love for your favorite celebrities or view a collection of your favorite quotes. New possibilities allow you to rotate between multiple desktop wallpapers so that you can change them regularly. But sometimes you feel overwhelmed because there are too many files on this list and you need to delete a few. This article teaches you how to remove wallpaper on Windows.

Steps

Method 1 of 2: Windows 7

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Step 1. Right click on your desktop and select “Personalize”

  • At the top left of the window that appears, click on "Home control panel".

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Step 2. Under the "Appearance and Personalization" heading in the right column, click "Change desktop background"

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Step 3. You will see a screen with the list of all the backgrounds currently available for your desktop

Find the background you no longer want and uncheck the box to remove it from the desktop background options.

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Step 4. If you want to completely remove the file from your computer, read the caption above the desktop backgrounds thumbnail and note the image location folder

In this example, the unwanted image is on the desktop.

Go to this folder using your Windows Explorer and right click on the image to delete it from your computer

Method 2 of 2: Windows XP

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Step 1. Open “My Computer” from the Start menu

  • Then select Tools and then "Folder options".

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  • Click on the "View" tab and then on "Show hidden files and folders". Then click on “OK”.

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Step 2. Navigate to drive C: \ and find the Windows folder. If a warning message warns you that it is dangerous to modify system files, click "Show files" to continue.

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Step 3. When you are in the Windows folder, locate and then double-click the Web folder

  • Then double-click on the “Wallpaper” folder.

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  • Find the wallpaper / image you want to remove.

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  • If you are using Firefox, it can be stored in C: \ Documents and Settings \ Application Data \ Mozilla \ Firefox

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  • If you are using Internet Explorer, it can be stored in C: \ Documents and Settings \ Application Data \ Microsoft \ Internet Explorer

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Step 4. If you still haven't found it, go to the Start menu, search

  • Click "All Files and Folders," then enter the name of the background you want to locate.

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Step 5. When you have located the file, you can delete it or move it to a new folder

Try creating a file called "Moved backgrounds". If you move this file to this folder, it will be removed from the list, but still available on your PC if you change your mind later.

Advice

  • If you are having trouble finding the right directory, look for one of the names of the wallpapers, for example "Stonehenge". When this is found, right click to open the file location folder.
  • A well-known problem in XP is that images stored in My Pictures end up somehow in the background image list. The only remarkable thing is that these are all.bmp images. In this case, every time we add and create a new.bmp image, it is automatically added to the background list. One option could be to create a new folder (eg “My Pictures”) and move all your images to this new folder. This would clean up the list of these images.
  • You can also re-save a.bmp image to a.jpg" />
  • The image files listed in the background display options are stored in … \ Windows \ Web \ Wallpapers, plus the wallpaper in use if selected via the "Browse" button.

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