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Thread: Vista desktop background won't fit screen, extends above and below

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    Bunting Guest

    Vista desktop background won't fit screen, extends above and below

    I'm trying to set a photo from my own pictures as my desktop background. In
    Windows XP, when I have done this in the past, I tell it to center the
    picture and the picture appears as my desktop background at its normal size.
    When I set the same photo as my desktop background in Windows Vista, Vista
    magnifies the photo so that it extends above the screen (thus you can only
    see part of the picture) and looks very grainy. I've tried centering, fitting
    to screen (it doesn't fit to the screen, either!) and tiling, and nothing
    works. How can I get Vista to display the picture as the desktop background
    in the correct size?

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    Clevo Guest

    Re: Vista desktop background won't fit screen, extends above and below

    You can but what's happening is that the pixel dimensions of your
    picture is too small for the amount of pixels your monitor has.

    Lets say your pic is 500x500 and your monitor is 1280x1080. Fiting that
    picture to fit the screen means that it will look pixilated because
    pixels need to be "invented"...when it looks good it's too small. Unless
    you have a small pic with a very high resolution (dpi)

    To solve your problem you need to a better quality pic or a smaller
    resolution monitor...

    I don;t know the dimentions of your picture or your monitor so can;t
    really advise further.

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    Crystaaaahl Guest

    Re: Vista desktop background won't fit screen, extends above and below

    I am having the same exact issue!

    It's not am image size issue for the originating file like the "answer"
    The "Desktop Background" section of the Personalization window is
    simply not working. The background image resolution is fine if you go
    to the picture file, right-click on it, and set the file as the
    background image. But like the original poster, I'd like to set my
    image to center as well. But it just won't center my image, just
    expands it. It's almost as if the computer thinks my monitor is 32"
    (seriously, I'm not over exaggerating) ... except that my desktop icons
    and taskbar seem to be just fine. This is the only topic that comes
    up when you google this problem as well. At least I know I'm not the
    only one with this problem.

    Has the original poster found any solutions to this issue?

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    Join Date
    Nov 2008

    Re: Vista desktop background won't fit screen, extends above and below

    I think I've found the issue. You can't just right-click an image and set it to background to get it to center at the appropriate size. To get the image to work properly, use the Personalize Desktop window's browse function to find and select the image from it's location that way.

    As inconvenient as it is, I think the usual right-click method is actually creating a copy of that image, resized. From then on, it's referencing this copied image file in some temp folder, which is why it wouldn't change when selecting the "Center" option. It is centering the image it's referencing, it's just using a poorly inflated copy of the image you actually want.

    Hope that clears this up. It was bothering me for a while, too.
    Last edited by Typhon; 16-11-2008 at 06:39 PM.

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