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Use active desktop to save memory used by wallpapers
By  Super Admin  | Published  02/23/2005 | User Interface Page 1 | Rating:
Use active desktop to save memory used by wallpapers

Then instead of having a nice 220K wallpaper, you get a 3,15MB wallpaper. To get rid of this, try using active desktop's web capabilities, like this:

1. Right click on your desktop and select "properties", then select the "desktop" tab.
2. Click on "Customize Desktop".
3. Select the "Web" tab and click on "New..."
4. Browse for your favorite image and click OK when you are done.
5. Make sure "Lock desktop items" is uncheck.
6. Click OK, and OK again.
7. Now your image is like another window. Drag it to where you want and then right clik over it.
8. Select "arrange icons by" and the check "Lock Web Items on Desktop".
9. That's it. Now you have a "low memory usage wallpaper".

With this you can make interesting things, like using various small wallpapers, or even animated ones!! (you can select an animated .gif too!!). Simply select various images, and when you click OK, drag all them to its right location, and lock the content again.

PS: If you want to check the huge wallpaper windows makes, select a wallpaper the standard way, then browse to "C:\Documents and Settings\USER PROFILE\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft" (where USER PROFILE, is the profile you're using, i.e. Administrator). There should be a file called Wallpaper.bmp, open it and you'll see your cureent wallpaper.

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  • Comment #1 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Interesting tip, tried it, didn't find the big wallpaper.bmt file though, I use XP Pro.. What I found helpful is that, instead of dragging the window with the desktop picture where you want it ( I couldnt get it to cover the upper part of the screen, if you click on the little button at the right side up and select "Cover Desktop", it works better.
     
  • Comment #2 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Good, clear and informative article. I found two WallpaperX.bmpS under my profile! My only concern is what "memory" you save on storage, you may lose in program memory by enabling Active Desktop.
     
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