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Desktop Background Picture
May 16, 2011
10:28 pm
William Utter

When I place a picture from “create” to the background of the desktop, the picture

is way too big!  How do I control this so that the entire picture, as on Picasa 

comes up correctly on my desktop?

In the previous version of Picasa this was not a problem.


May 17, 2011
5:46 am
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Hello William – and welcome to our forum!

I assume you mean that you're using Picasa's Create / Set as Desktop command …

One thing I've realized is that, when you issue that command, Picasa automatically crops your picture to dimensions that will fit your screen – this may be what is preventing you from seeing the 'entire' picture.

To check this out, try manually cropping your picture – click the drop-down list to specify the dimensions and choose the Standard Screen: 4:3 ratio (or one of the widescreen settings if that is appropriate) and see what it does.  Does that match what you're seeing when you 'set as desktop'?

If you don't want this crop to happen at all, then I don't think you can use the Picasa command to set your desktop.  You would need to use Picasa to Export the picture as is to a folder for desktop backgrounds, then use the Windows commands to use that picture as your desktop.  If you need help with that, let us know which operating system you're using (xp, vista, 7)

May 17, 2011
1:11 pm
William Utter

Thank you for the suggestions.  I'll keep trying.  I've used the export to desktop shortcut  and then

successfully made the transfer to desktop background. ~ WU

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