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Chapter 3. Customizing and Personalizing... > Select Wallpaper for the Phone

Select Wallpaper for the Phone

Although you don't dig deeply into the Phone application until Chapter 7, “Using Your Treo as a Mobile Phone,” changing the phone's wallpaper is too cool of a personalization to wait until Chapter 7. Keep in mind that wallpaper applies only to the phone, and even then you have to specifically set the phone so that it displays the wallpaper instead of the familiar Dial Pad view. So before changing the wallpaper, follow these steps to change the phone's view so that it displays the current wallpaper instead of the Dial Pad:

1.
Press the Phone/Send button to launch the Phone application.

2.
Press the Menu button and scroll over twice to the Options menu. The first menu item, General Preferences, should already be selected, so press the Center button to issue the menu command and open the General Preferences screen.

3.
Tap the Show Dial Pad setting and change it to Show Wallpaper. The small preview image next to the setting changes to show the wallpaper (see Figure 3.13).

Figure 3.13. You use the General Preferences screen in the Phone application to change the phone's view to show wallpaper instead of the Dial Pad.


4.
Test the wallpaper by tapping the OK button and returning to the phone. The wallpaper should now appear instead of the Dial Pad. To view the Dial Pad, just start dialing a number by using the number keys on the keyboard.

Changing the phone's view to show wallpaper instead of the Dial Pad is neat, but I'm sure what you really wanted is to change the wallpaper to an image of your own choosing. This change is much easier than you might have thought. In fact, if you have a picture you've taken recently with the Treo's digital camera, I encourage you to try using it as wallpaper. Just follow these steps:

1.
In the Phone application, press the Menu button and scroll over twice to the Options menu. The first menu item, General Preferences, should already be selected, so press the Center button to issue the menu command and open the General Preferences screen.

2.
Next to the Show Wallpaper setting is a small preview image of the wallpaper. Tap this image to select a new image for the wallpaper from the Select Picture screen, as shown in Figure 3.14.

Figure 3.14. The Select Picture screen shows all the pictures stored on your device and allows you to select one of them for wallpaper.


3.
After selecting a wallpaper image, test the wallpaper by tapping the OK button in the General Preferences screen and returning to the phone. The wallpaper now appears instead of the Dial Pad (see Figure 3.15). To view the Dial Pad, just start dialing a number by using the number keys on the keyboard.

Figure 3.15. The new wallpaper now appears on the main phone screen.


The wallpaper for the phone isn't the only image customization you can make for your Treo, but it's certainly the easiest. You can also customize the splash screen that appears when you turn the mobile radio on and off on your device. However, this customization isn't as simple as tapping to select an image. In fact, you have to install new splash screens for the phone as you would install a full-blown application, using the Palm Desktop software. To find out more about how to install custom phone splash screens, visit the Dialer Patches page on the Shadowmite website at http://shadowmite.com/p-f.html.

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