I would like to add a custom folder location as the source for my Windows 7 Desktop Background (wallpapers), so that Windows 7 can auto-switch all the pictures in that path to set as wallpaper.

In the 'Control Panel- Choose your desktop background', there is a Browse button, that seems to allow me to browse to a custom location (for e.g. d:\wallpapers), but it does not seems to work. Any ideas?

  • What do you mean by it doesn’t work? What happens when you try? That should work; when you select a folder, Windows should allow you to use whatever’s in there as a slideshow and remember the folder in the future. – Synetech Feb 15 '11 at 6:23
  • After browsing to my custom folder containing all my wallpapers, it doesn't show any of those wallpapers for me to select. – chethong Feb 15 '11 at 6:38
  • ? Create subfolder in your Images folder, put your images there and try again... On the desktop, right click -> personalized... :) – climenole Mar 1 '12 at 7:59

The default place for wallpapers is in the Windows directory:


If you have administrator rights, it is easy to make additional folders there - e.g. Nature, Travel, Sea, Mountain, Space, etc. Place nice well-formatted JPEGs there. There is a Microsoft site that provides beautiful ones in 1920x1200 (Widescreen format).


So it seems I can change the location as follows:

Right click Desktop -> Personalize -> click Desktop Background -> click Browse -> Choose the location (whatever folder you need).

It should populate and allow you to switch between like the default desktop does. I confirmed it worked on my 32-bit build.

  • That's the exact steps I take, but it doesn't show my custom wallpapers. Perhaps I have too many other customizations like Custopacks installed on my system, screwing up Windows... – chethong Feb 15 '11 at 7:35

just to answer this problem: there is another thread that describes the same problem and provides a solution that worked for me and others: Windows 7 and wallpaper folders


There is a program called desktop fusion that allows you to change it easily. I would recommend trying that, works pretty well for me c:

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