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Chapter 11. Creating a Background Librar... > How Backgrounds are Stored in Window...

How Backgrounds are Stored in Windows

The background you use with a theme or a full-blown skin makes or breaks the overall effect you are trying to achieve. If you look in the C:\Windows\Web\Wallpaper folder, you will find several image files, such as Stonehenge and Tulips. These files are included with Windows and can be used as backgrounds. Most of these files are in the .jpg or .jpeg file format. The .jpeg format provides good compression of the image file without any obvious image degradation. The default background, Bliss, is a .bmp (bitmap) file. Bitmap files can be large in terms of file size (when compared to the .jpeg format) because they do not use any compression strategy. Bitmaps can also become ragged looking when you enlarge them too much. Windows allows you to apply image files as the desktop background in a number of file formats, such as .gif, .png, .jpg, .bmp, and .dib. Figure 11.1 shows the contents of the C:\Windows\Web\Wallpaper folder.

Figure 11.1. A number of background files are included with Windows.



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