How to Change Your Chromebook’s Desktop Wallpaper

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You spend a lot of time on the desktop of your Chromebook. Better make that system's wallpaper something worth looking at. Like Windows and Apple laptops, Chromebooks include plenty of wallpaper options for your aesthetic pleasure, including beautiful landscape shots, architectural landmarks and photogenic animals. You can also set your own pictures to be the wallpaper. Whichever option you want, here's how you can switch out that old backdrop for something a little more novel.

  1. Click your account icon in the bottom right corner
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  2. Select Settings
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  3. Click Set Wallpaper under Appearance
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    You can select any of the existing images by clicking its respective thumbnail or you can add your own wallpaper image.
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Add Your Own Image

  1. Click the Custom tab
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  2. Hit Choose File to select the desired image from the files saved on your Chromebook
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  3. Pick the image file and hit Open
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  4. Select the position, either centered, stretched to eliminate empty space, or cropped and centered.
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  5. Close the dialogue window.
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    Your desired image is now the new wallpaper.

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8 comments
  • wanda nelson Says:

    i need to know how to get rid of the black background with white writing on screen and the pictures are ghost like, dont think it is a wallpaper issue

  • Anna Says:

    Thank you, the instructions were very simple to follow. Now I just need to figure out how to get my non-bluetooth printer to work with this thing.

  • rhiannon Says:

    Same problem:My wallpaper selection seems to be locked up with small black & white pictures & clicking on them does not access them so there is no selection I can make. Can someone please help me

  • tamaria Says:

    boriiiiiiiiiiiing

  • adele Says:

    My wallpaper selection seems to be locked up with small black & white pictures & clicking on them does not access them so there is no selection I can make. Can someone please help me

  • Deanna Moyers Says:

    My wallpaper selection seems to be locked up with small black & white pictures & clicking on them does not access them so there is no selection I can make. Can someone please help me.

  • admin Says:

    This does not work for the guest account.

  • Aunna Henry Says:

    This was super helpful. Thank you. But it only works for landscape pictures. Otherwise the picture gets completely distorted and stretched out, but now I know :) thanks again!