Tech Gen Mag’s Tip of the Day: Universal Wallpaper for Windows 8.1


By setting a universal wallpaper for both the desktop and the start screen in Windows 8.1, you will minimize the feeling that these were meant to be two different experiences.

Choose the “Personalize” option from the “Settings” charm on the start screen and you’ll see your current desktop wallpaper appear as the final option. This simple act will create a sense of unity between both screens that is lacking when the start screen is set to any of its default wallpapers.

  • Open “Start” by swiping in from the right edge of the screen and then tapping “Start” (or, if you’re using a mouse, point to the lower-left corner of the screen, move your mouse all the way into the corner, and then click “Start”)
  • Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap “Settings.”
    (if you’re using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, and then click “Settings”)
  • Tap or click “Personalize,” and then tap or click the preview of your desktop background.


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Poet, web designer, and tech writer, Brad Bailey is co-founder of Tech Gen Mag. Having once been a regular in the Orange County poetry circuit, Brad set his notebooks aside to assist childhood friend, Kristian Markus, with the task of building a web-based tech magazine. Born into the Nintendo generation, Brad is a longtime fan of video games, gadgets, and computers.

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