Center, Fill, Fit, Stretch, Tile, Span wallpapers in Windows 10

With Windows 10 now on more than 100 million PCs worldwide, we have covered almost every basic topic including the tutorials and how-to’s on our blog. After learning about the Windows 10 Settings and features, today we are today going to discuss about changing and setting the desktop wallpaper on your Windows 10 PC and the options available. You will learn how to Center, Fill, Fit, Stretch, Tile, Span wallpapers in Windows 10.

It’s really easy and straightforward to change the background image of your Windows 10 desktop. You can set any of your personal picture, an image from Windows or a solid color as your desktop wallpaper. You can also display a slideshow of pictures as your Windows 10 wallpaper.

To start with, you need to open the Personalization settings to change Theme, Lock Screen & Wallpaper on your Windows 10 desktop.

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Select a picture you want for your wallpaper. You can also use the Browse button and select a picture saved in your PC.

Center, Fill, Fit, Stretch, Tile, Span

Once you are done with the selection, scroll down and check the drop-down menu of Choose a Fit. You will get the options like Fill, Fit, Stretch, Tile, Center and Span.2 setting wallpaper in windows 10

  • Choosing a Center fit centers your wallpaper on the screen. Smaller images will set with a border on your screen whereas the larger images will display only the center part of the image leaving the rest out of view.
  • Choosing a Fill fit will enlarge or shrink the image according to your screen’s width to get a proper fit. The resizing is done with proper related perspective and the smaller images are often stretched in this wallpaper setting. If you select Fit, the wallpaper image will be enlarged or shrunk height wise. Though everything stays in perspective, but large images are ripped off from sides and smaller images are displayed with small borders.
  • Choosing the Stretch fit will edit the wallpaper with no perspectives. This setting will stretch the image and fit it on your PC screen but may distort it.
  • Tile setting for a wallpaper is meant for the tiny images. This setting sets the multiple tiles of the image on your monitor and suits best to the small texture images.
  • Span option will edit the wallpaper from end to end covering your entire screen.

You can set your wallpaper to change after a set time interval. Select the option of Slideshow instead of an image and set the timer from the drop down menu of  ‘Change picture every’.

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Setting a wallpaper is an integral part of personalizing your Windows 10 experience. Set your favourite image as your wallpaper as it may perk up your mood as soon as you turn your computer ON.

Read: Where are Wallpapers and Lock Screen images stored in Windows 10.

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  1. Mick

    How can you set the interval in the slideshow to say 15 or 20 min? Through the registry?

  2. Mick

    Finally had some time to find out, so replying to myself, just in case someone might be interested.
    Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USERControl PanelPersonalizationDesktop Slideshow,
    then modify the value data of Interval (in milliseconds, choose decimal as base). That’s it!

  3. anton8604

    How do you prevent larger than display wallpapers from automatically re-sizing according to the fit?

  4. Walid

    when i chose center, the background remains black whereas i want to have a white one. is there any option to do so?

  5. .
    Make your background white in display properties, or make your images have a white canvas that is the same size as your screen.

  6. .
    Select [ Fill ] in Desktop background settings to allow the wider or taller parts of a picture to fall off the edges.

  7. .
    How to force BGInfo to leave the Desktop Background setting — it resets it to [ Tile ], and repeats ( sadly, BGInfo seems only capable of making a 1536×864 image for my 1920×1080 screen, and instead of my preference to [ Fit ], it resets to [ Tile ] no matter what I do — change permission in the registry? ).

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  9. SejeRejensReje thomsen

    well i already knew that what I wanted to know was how to fit the LockScreen background so it actually looked like something i woud have there 😀

  10. kimpatsu

    How do I get more tiles, so the image is smaller but there are more of them?

  11. Ellen

    how do I center a picture on lock screen

  12. Bryan Stairs

    I am using Wally as my wallpaper slideshow. It is somewhat irritating that personalization always sets to centre everytime the picture changes. I want it fill and stay that way. How to make it it work?

  13. Bryan Stairs

    Locked screen has very little change possibilities unless using network version.

  14. Larry H. Gentry

    Hello out there! I have tried the above solution many times and it has never worked for me. No matter which choice I select the photo does not resize as indicated. Nothing happens. Got some neat photos to use as desktop but they are usually too big and don’t appear as I’d like. Any help…thanks.

  15. Julie Cover

    Is there a way to shift an entire photo background to the left on the screen?

  16. ShutUpKaren

    THANK YOU! I tried to find this information in a Microsoft help app, the community, all of it. They couldn’t just explain what each setting for “choose a fit” meant. It was maddening.

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