Tech Tuesday: Windows 8.1, Part 1

Each Tuesday, pleasureinlearning brings you Tech Tuesday.  Come back each week for more ways to become efficient and effective in your use of technology. 


This is the first part of a series on Windows 8.1.  You’ve got to make the transition sometime!

This summer I have camped and/or hiked in TX, NM, AZ, NC, TN, OK and Mexico.  After spending half of my summer outside (and the other half moving – yuck!), I’m back to sitting in front of a computer 8 hours a day.  I’m missing the great outdoors!

Today, I’m increasing my Pleasure in Working by changing my desktop background.  You should too!

Here are the quick steps to get it done. The procedure is nearly the same for previous versions of Windows.

  1. Right click on your Desktop and choose Personalize.
  2. Click the icon labeled Desktop Background near the bottom.
  3. Use the dropdown at the top to determine if you want to use a Windows Desktop Background or Pictures from your computer.  If your pictures are not stored in the Pictures Library, use the Browse button to find them.
  4. Click Save Changes.

Before (boring):

Boring Background

After (Awesome!):

Awesome Background


4 comments on “Tech Tuesday: Windows 8.1, Part 1

  1. Karen Dougherty says:

    Thanks for another great post, Kristen. We three at the Boomer Box arrived to find our new Windows 8 desktops a searing school-bus yellow. (Make it stop! Make it stop!) With the able assistance of Chris the Tech Genie, we all immediately personalized our desktops. Can you match the Boomer with the image? Anne, Brian, Karen…..soft solid blue, decorated skull & flowers on hot pink, blue brain with lightning bolts on black.

  2. Brian – blue; Karen – Skull; Anne – brain ????

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