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    HOWTO: Change the Desktop Wallpaper

    HOWTO: Change the Desktop Wallpaper

    Document ID: IR04010
    The information in this article applies to:
    • AutoPlay Media Studio 4.0

    SUMMARY

    This article explains how to change the desktop wallpaper.

    DISCUSSION

    Changing the desktop wallpaper on a user's computer is very easy; basically the "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\WallPaper" registry value must be edited. The "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\WallPaper" registry value contains the full path to the image file that will be used as the desktop wallpaper.

    The following file types are supported as wallpapers: *.bmp, *.gif, *.jpg, *.dib, and *.htm.

    So in order to change the end use's desktop wallpaper simply use a Registry.SetValue action to set the value of "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\WallPaper" to be the full path to your desktop file.

    Example:

    For example, here is a Registry.SetValue action that will set the desktop wallpaper to "C:\MyProgram\MyGraphics\Me.bmp":

    Main key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER
    Sub key: Control Panel\Desktop
    Value name: WallPaper
    Value type: REG_SZ
    Value data: C:\MyProgram\MyGraphics\Me.bmp

    Note: The changes will not take effect until the system is rebooted.

    You can set the desktop wallpaper to use three different styles: Center, Tile, and Stretch. In order to apply those settings you will have to modify the value of the following two registry keys:

    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\WallpaperStyle
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\TileWallpaper

    In order to apply the styles use the following guide:

    Center

    • WallpaperStyle = 0
    • TileWallpaper = 0

    Tile

    • WallpaperStyle = 0
    • TileWallpaper = 1

    Stretch

    • WallpaperStyle = 2
    • TileWallpaper = 0

    MORE INFORMATION

    KEYWORDS: Wallpaper, Background, Desktop, AutoPlay Media Studio 4.0, Registry.SetValue


    Last reviewed: October 2, 2002
    Copyright 2002 Indigo Rose Corporation. All rights reserved.
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