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One thing that's always annoyed me about Windows XP is how there's no "scale" option for the desktop background. It either has to be stretched or centered. It's a pretty simple algorithm to scale the image so that one of the dimensions (usually height) fits on the screen.

Does anyone know of a good program that does this, or is there a way to enable it?

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Any image processing or paint application will be able to do this. There's lots to choose from:




To name but three.

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true, but I'm looking for something automatic. – jweede May 21 '10 at 18:44
Although irfanview has a fairly automatic process. "Set as desktop background" -> "scretched (proportional)" seems to do what I'm after. – jweede May 21 '10 at 18:49

Wallmaster seems to have options to do this (amongst other functions like changing automatically background, etc.)

wallmaster screenshot

I haven't tried it though, so I can't guarantee it actually does what you need.

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