How to Create a Slideshow in Windows 7

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A desktop background slideshow can serve as a screensaver and give you something fun to look at while in the same room as your computer but not using it. You can create this type of slideshow using the pictures that came with your Windows 7 operating system or using your personal pictures, whichever you prefer.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer with Microsoft Windows 7 installed
  • Images

Windows 7 Photos

  • Click the "Start" button and "Control Panel." Type "personalization" into the search box and click the "Personalization" link in the results.

  • Click to choose a theme under Aero Themes. All except the Windows 7 theme include a desktop slideshow.

  • Click "Desktop Background."

  • Click to check each picture in the theme that you want to include in your slideshow. All will be included if you don't click any.

  • Click to choose your viewing options in the Picture Position list. Do the same in the Change Picture Every list. Click "Shuffle" if you want your pictures to change randomly.

  • Click "Save Changes."

Personal Photos

  • Create a folder on your computer to hold the pictures you want to use in your slideshow. Add the pictures you want to use for the slideshow to the folder by dragging and dropping or copying and pasting them.

  • Click "Start" and "Control Panel." Type "desktop background" into the search box and click "Change desktop background" when you see that option appear.

  • Click the down arrow in the Picture Location box or click the "Browse" button and locate the folder holding your slideshow pictures. All of the pictures in your folder will be selected by default.

  • Make your choices in the Picture Position list and in the Change Picture Every list. Click "Shuffle" if you want the pictures to appear in random order.

  • Click "Save Changes."

Tips & Warnings

  • For the best-looking slideshow, use high-resolution images.

References

  • Photo Credit Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images
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