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

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Music, Pictures and Video' started by Bunting, May 2, 2008.

  1. Bunting

    Bunting Guest

    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?
    Bunting, May 2, 2008
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    Clevo Guest

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

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

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

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


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    Clevo, May 3, 2008
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    Crystaaaahl Guest

    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?
    Crystaaaahl, Sep 26, 2008
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    Typhon Guest

    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

    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.
    Typhon, Nov 16, 2008
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