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 Wallpaper

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4. You could pick any of Google's pre-loaded backgrounds, but let's have some fun and Click Custom to use an image we saved from a website.

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5. Click the + button.

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6. Click Choose File.image 2113031516648930

7. Pick the image file and hit Open

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8. To adjust how the image appears, Click Center Cropped.image 2113031516649194

9. Select a position, for our sake, we'll try Center, which zooms in larger images.

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10. Close out of all windows.

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You've changed your desktop background!

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Your desired image is now the new wallpaper.

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16 comments
  • Jessica xie Says:

    Every time I x it it comes back to the lizard pls help

  • Erin R Says:

    Everytime I make a custom background from a picture file, it turns sideways. I can not figure out how to turn it right side up.

  • alexandra Says:

    There is no option to adjust a customised picture, once you have already used it! If I re-select a customised picture, that I have previously used, how do then I adjust the picture?

  • Julia Says:

    Yeah, I understand, but how do you change the background of the background? Because I have a picture that doesn't look right when it's chopped centered or stretched, however it does when it's just put in the middle, but my chromebook then has a background to that picture of black, and I want to change it to white. HOW DO I DO THIS???

  • frances Says:

    i know how to do this way but how to set a picture you took as your backround?

  • Desk top photos Says:

    Thank you so very much for your tip how to put my own photo as a desktop on my Chromebook very well explained for novices like me. I do really appreciate that you took time in writing how to do it thanks a million, James

  • David Says:

    Instructions not clear, hand caught in meat grinder.

  • Dennis Says:

    Great tutorial,thanks! problem though the picture is turned to landscape is there a way to turn the picture? Thanks!

  • 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!

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