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How to Make the Start Screen Share Your Desktop Wallpaper on Windows 8.1

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In Windows 8.1 you now have the option of making the Start Screen use your Desktop wallpaper as a background. Here is how to enable it.

How to Make The Start Screen Share Your Desktop Wallpaper on Windows 8.1

Right click on the taskbar and click on Properties when the context menu appears.

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Next you will need to switch over to the Navigation pane of the Taskbar and Navigation properties dialog.

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Here you are going to want to check the “Show my desktop background on Start” setting.

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That’s all there is to it.

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  • Bob D

    Alternatively, you can also do this from the charms bar when on the start screen. Tap the "Settings" charm, then "Personalize." The last pattern should be your desktop wallpaper; select this to make your start screen use your current desktop wallpaper for the background. You can also still select colors to be used on the Modern UI menus and logon screen.

    Also, if you have your desktop is set to rotate through a series of wallpapers, the start screen will also rotate through the same set, in sync with your desktop.

Taylor Gibb is a Microsoft MVP and all round geek, he loves everything from Windows 8 to Windows Server 2012 and even C# and PowerShell. You can also follow him on Google+

  • Published 07/3/13

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