Desktop background slideshow or desktop wallpaper slideshow feature was first introduced with Windows 7. The feature allows users configure Windows to automatically rotate desktop background at predefined time interval.
In short, you can select a bunch of wallpapers and enable desktop slideshow feature to automatically change desktop background every minute, every 10 minutes, 30 minutes, 1 hour or every day. This way, you don’t need to stare at the same desktop background every time you turn on your PC.
Desktop slideshow feature is present in Windows 10 as well but the feature is not easily visible because of the omission of the classic personalization window. The desktop slideshow feature settings have been moved to the new Settings app.
Enable and configure desktop background slideshow in Windows 10
In this guide, we will see how to enable and configure desktop background slideshow feature in Windows 10.
Step 1: Right-click on the empty area of desktop and then click Personalize option to open Personalization section of Settings app.
Step 2: Click Background. Under Background section, select Slideshow from drop-down menu to enable desktop background slideshow feature.
Step 3: Now that you have enabled desktop slideshow, it’s time to choose a couple of pictures. Click the button labelled Browse under Choose albums for slideshow, and then select a folder where pictures that you want to see as desktop background are saved.
Note that all photos in the selected folder will be used to decor your desktop background. So if you have a picture or two that you don’t want to see as desktop background, please move those pictures to a different folder. Also, make sure that all pictures under the selected folder are of high-resolution.
Step 4: Finally, you need to select time interval for automatically changing desktop background, and choose a fit for desktop wallpaper. By default, Windows 10 rotates background every 30 minutes but you can change this value to 1 minute, 10 minutes, 1 hour, 6 hours, or 24 hours.
As you can see in the picture, by default, desktop wallpaper slideshow feature will be turned off when on battery. If you want Windows 10 to automatically change the desktop background when your PC is running on battery, turn on the option labelled Allow slideshow when on battery option.
Tip: When desktop background slideshow is turned on, you can quickly switch to the next background in the queue by right-clicking on desktop and then clicking Next desktop background option.