How to Create Background Slideshow on Windows 11

This post shows students and new users how to create wallpaper slideshow and replace the desktop background on Windows 11 with photos or images that are special to them. This might help users who want to display photos of family, pet or other important people and places in their lives.

Windows 11 will allow you to change the desktop background with any photo you like. You can also create a slideshow of images in folders that you want to display. You don’t have to settle for default pictures that come with your computer. Go and personalize your desktop to suit your taste.

To create a slideshow, all you need to do is create a folder, and add as many images you want to display. Then go to the personalization settings pane and choose the folder with the images.

The new Windows 11 will come with many new features and enhancements that will work great for some while adding some learning challenges for others. Some things and settings have changed so much that folks will have to learn new ways to work with and manage Windows 11.

Creating wallpaper slideshow is nothing new. This feature has been part of Windows since XP. You can do this in the Windows settings pane, under Personalization, or by right-clicking a blank area on the desktop and selecting Personalization to take you to the settings pane.

To get started changing Windows 11 background with slideshow of your images, follow the steps below:

How to create wallpaper slideshows in Windows 11

For those wanting to replace the default desktop background with photo slideshow of their choosing, the steps below show them how.

Windows 11 has a centralized location for majority of its settings. From system configurations to creating new users and updating Windows, all can be done from its System Settings pane.

To get to System Settings, you can use the Windows key + i shortcut or click on Start ==> Settings as shown in the image below:

windows 11 start settings

Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar and search for Settings. Then select to open it.

Windows Settings pane should look similar to the image below. In Windows Settings, click Personalization, and select Background on the right pane of your screen shown in the image below.

windows 11 background slideshow

The Background section’s option lets you create a background from a picture, a color, or a slideshow. A slideshow is a combination of photos that automatically changes at preset intervals.

If you have multiple images you want to set as desktop background, then select Slideshow instead of Picture from the drop-down options.

windows 11 browse for picture album

Once you select Slideshow, next click the Browse button to browse your photo album that contains all your images you want to display as slideshow.

Browse to where you have your photos and select it. Background files can be stored as BMP, GIF, JPG, JPEG, DIB, or PNG files.

windows 11 browse photo album

Your images will immediately begin as slideshow of your desktop background. By default, images are changed every 30 minutes. If you want it change quickly, select 1 minute.

windows 11 slideshow background

Photos in the selected folder will begin playing as slideshow immediately.

windows 11 background slideshow changed

Windows tries to choose the best looking setting for your photos. Not all photos will fit neatly on your desktop especially if your desktop is quite large. Small photos might not look as good on your desktop and may need to be stretched to fit the screen which might make it look distorted. If the background photo you select doesn’t fit or look right on the desktop background, try the Fill or Fit option to select a good fit for your desktop. 

windows 11 slideshow fit desktop

That should do it! Windows should start playing your photos as slideshow.


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1 Comment

  1. Looking for just being able to do an immediate (not saved, not used as screen saver, not a lock screen) just a quick slide show of a selected folder/file or individual photos. A quick look at the photos you’ve taken so you can choose what needs to be tossed, what needs to be massaged, etc. It was in Windows 10 File Explorer under Picture format . . . Where is it now?

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