How to Change Desktop Background in Ubuntu Linux

This post describes steps one can take to change their desktop background in Ubuntu Linux.

Using your desktop background in Ubuntu Linux, you can display photos of your family, pet or other important people and places in your lives.

Ubuntu Linux allows you to change the desktop background with any photo you like. You don’t have to settle for images that come with your computer. Go and personalize your desktop to suit your taste.

There are multiple ways one can change their background wallpaper in Ubuntu Linux. You can use images that are already included in Ubuntu Linux or set your own.

One way to set one of your own photos as the background is to right-click on the image file in File Manager and select Set as Wallpaper, or open the image file in Image Viewer, click the menu button in the title bar and select Set as Wallpaper.

How to set background wallpaper in Ubuntu Linux

As described above, Ubuntu Linux allows users to use their desktop background in Ubuntu Linux to display photos of family, pet or other important people and places in their lives.

Below is how to change your background desktop in Ubuntu Linux.

Ubuntu Linux has a centralized location for majority of its settings. From system configurations to creating new users and updating, all can be done from the System Settings panel.

Alternatively, click on the System menu at the top-right corner of the top bar on your desktop.

On the System menu, select Settings as highlighted below.

In the Settings app, click on Background tile to open the panel.

The currently selected wallpaper is shown at the top of the screen.

To change the desktop background, click one of the background images which are shipped with the system.

The image you select will immediately apply and change the background right before your eyes.

Wallpapers that you see with small clock at the bottom right corner are dynamic. These wallpapers change throughout the day.

If you do not want to choose wallpapers that come with Ubuntu Linux, you can add you own.

Click Add Picture… to use one of your own photos. By default, the Pictures folder will be opened, since most photo management applications store photos there.

Choose a folder from Pictures folder or where you saved it and make it your background.

That should do it! You can now close the Settings app.


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