How to Remove Desktop Backgrounds


Most new computers come preinstalled with several image files that can be used as backgrounds or wallpapers for your desktop. These files are often basic images, like solid colors or simple animations, and you probably won't ever use many of them. Image files can take up valuable space on your hard drive, so if you have backgrounds on your system that you won't ever use, you can delete them from your computer for good.

  • Go to "Display" or "Desktop" on your computer. Getting to "Display" or "Desktop" will be slightly different on different operating systems, but the general idea is the same. Click on "Start," then click on "Appearance" or "Display." Choose "Change Desktop Background" or click over to the "Desktop" tab. You will see a list of backgrounds.

  • Find where the desktop backgrounds are located on your system. Use the search function on your computer and search for the name of one of the desktops you found listed under the "Desktop" tab. When you find the file, it will show you which folder it is located in. This will be where all of the wallpapers are stored on your system.

  • Go to the folder where the wallpapers are stored. Oftentimes it is stored under C:\WINDOWS\Web\Wallpaper.

  • Change the view to "Thumbnails." This allows you to more easily identify which files are pictures and see each image in case you want to keep any of them on your system.

  • Delete the backgrounds that you don't need. Click on the image and press "Delete" on your keyboard. You will get a message that asks if you are sure you want to delete the file. Click "Yes," and the file will be removed.

Tips & Warnings

  • Check the Windows directory. You may have additional images on your computer. You can delete these as well.
  • Be very careful deleting files, especially from the Windows directory. Deleting the wrong thing from the directory can cause major issues. Delete only .bmp files.

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