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Chapter 11. Creating a Background Library > Storing Background Files

Storing Background Files

Where you store your background images is really up to you. You can save them to the C:\Windows\Web\Wallpaper folder, which allows you to keep all the background files together. Or you can play it safer (I don’t advocate saving anything to the Windows folder or its subfolders if you can help it) and save the background images to the My Pictures folder, which is a subfolder of My Documents. This location actually makes a lot of sense because Windows defaults to this folder when you click the Browse button on the Desktop tab of the Display Properties dialog box.

Obviously, another alternative is to create your own folder for your backgrounds or save backgrounds with a particular theme or other theme elements in a folder created for that theme. Whichever choice you make in terms of a home for your background files (and all the other theme/skin elements you download and create), try to stay organized. It isn’t much fun spending a lot of time searching all over your computer for a background you’ve downloaded when it really takes only a few seconds and a couple of quick clicks to actually apply that background to the desktop.


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