Friday, 12 June 2020

Speed up your Windows wallpaper slideshow

Some of us like to personalise our devices; some of us stay with the manufacturers start up. For those of us who like to personalise, Microsoft offer a wallpaper slideshow that changes in our background. In the past I have loaded my latest holiday shots, paintings that move me, etc; I like some kind of emotional connection.

However, the fastest you can have a wallpaper slideshow deck tick over is every minute. That time is cumulative: I have three screens, so this means I will be staring at the same background image for three minutes until it rolls over on that screen. I thought it must be easy to change the image timing. but having tried the Control Panel, God Mode (read more on that here), and the Desktop right-click menu, I had to give up. Windows 10 doesn't seem to think there is any time smaller than a minute.

However, a Google search did provide a few answers, with the best one - that is, one that works - coming from SuperUser (8 September 2015). Apparently there used to be an easy way to go in behind and to change the timing, but with a Windows 10 update that option has gone. Users on the SuperUser thread have collectively provided an alternative:
  • Key Win & R to open the Run dialogue box
  • Copy & paste all the blue text following into the Run box
shell:::{ED834ED6-4B5A-4bfe-8F11-A626DCB6A921} -Microsoft.Personalization\pageWallpaper

  • The personalisation | Desktop background dialogue box will open. In the "Change picture every:" drop down list, change the timing to either 10 seconds, or 30 seconds. 

There are no other short timing presets. If you want different lengths of time, then you will need to do a registry hack. The SuperUser (8 September 2015) thread responses also detail how you can do this.


* And yes, if anyone has noticed the wallpaper images, I do indeed have a Fluevog obsession!

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