One of the cool new features that made its way onto Windows 10 was the new lock screen that comes with high-quality images of landmarks from around the world. Microsoft called this the Windows Spotlight lock screen, and it helps keep things fresh by showing new pictures each time you log on, as well as make it more appealing to want to log in your Microsoft or local user accounts.

There is another thing you can do once you are logged into your account to spice things up a bit with pictures if you want, and that is to enable the desktop background slideshow so that the desktop also shows a different picture.

Background picture

Windows developers have made it possible to set a time interval for the slideshow to change. So, if you set it to 30 minutes, a new picture will be on the desktop for you to view every 30 minutes of the day that passes. You can choose to add your own images to be displayed on the desktop, or you can keep the same images tat automatically display from the Windows 10 Spotlight lock screen feature by Microsoft.

If you aren’t fussed with what you look at, then we recommend using the picture that Microsoft has managed to use in Windows 10 because the resolution of these pictures coupled with the photo taking skills makes all of the images you see from them incredibly professional. It can be challenging finding images that look as good just browsing the web.

Turning on the desktop background Slideshow in Windows 10

Close any web browser that you might have open so you can see the desktop and right-click anywhere on the desktop that has an empty area. Click on the “Personalize” option from the menu you get.

Click on “Background” from the left-hand side pane and then look over at the options available on the right-hand side of the screen. Click where it says “Background” so that the drop-down menu opens and then click on the “Slideshow” option from the list.

Directly beneath the “Background” heading is the rest of your options that you need to choose. The first option available is the “Browse” button. You need to click on that Browse button to find the pictures that you want to set as the slideshow. As we’ve already mentioned, we recommend using the same images that are used for the Windows 10 Spotlight lock screen feature that you see before logging into the computer. However, you can pick any pictures that you want to use. It doesn’t matter if the pictures are saved in a folder or if you still need to rely on a search engine like Google to help find the images you need. Just click on the “Browse” button again and then open the folder where you saved the images. If you don’t recall choosing the location for the saved images, it is probably the “Downloads” folder that has acquired the new images that you saved because the “Downloads” folder is the default folder for all downloads to end up when using the Windows operating system.

Once you’ve got that done, it’s time to focus your attention on the timing. Under the “Change picture every” heading is another drop-down menu for you to play with. Click on it and choose the period that you want the pictures to change. For example, if you set it to 10 minutes then a new background picture is going to be on the desktop every 10 minutes and so forth.

If you don’t want the pictures to play in the order that you have saved them in the folder that they are stored in on the computer, then you can turn on the “Shuffle” option which works the same way Shuffle would work for your music. Instead of picking the pictures in order from the folder, they are going to start showing at random. Those random times are chosen by the Windows 10 operating system and are not something that you can control.


The desktop background slideshow is now going to be playing when you close the Windows settings page from the personalization options. Like most modern operating systems that focus on you being able to do things as quickly as possible, there is no button that you need to press to confirm your actions. Just close down the Settings screen, and it remembers your preferences.

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