How To Set Spotlight Picture As Desktop Background In Windows 11

One of the first things that I do after installing/reinstalling Windows 11 is to change the lock screen picture to Windows Spotlight so that I can see a new magnificent picture/place each day on my PC’s lock screen.

While Windows 11 allowed a Windows Spotlight picture for the lock screen, the same feature was not available for the desktop background until now. As a result, we had to either use third-party tools or the official Bing Wallpaper tool to avail this functionality.

Many users had requested the Windows development team to offer a built-in option to set the Windows spotlight picture as desktop wallpaper. Luckily, the feature is finally available.

If you like to see a new spectacular desktop background every day, you will be glad to know that Windows 11 now allows you to set a spotlight picture as desktop background.

Starting with Windows 11 build 22518, users can configure Windows 11 to use desktop backgrounds from the Windows Spotlight collection.

Set Windows Spotlight Collection picture as Windows 11 wallpaper

This guide will show you how to set spotlight as desktop background in Windows 11.

Step 1: Right-click on the desktop and then click the Personalize option.

How To Set Spotlight Picture As Desktop Background In Windows 11

Step 2: On the right side, click Background.

How To Set Spotlight Picture As Desktop Background In Windows 11

Step 3: In the Personalize your background section, select the Spotlight collection option from the drop-down menu to set the spotlight picture as desktop wallpaper.

If the Spotlight collection is missing, it’s likely because you are running a build older than 22518. Type winver in the search and press the Enter key to know your build number.

How To Set Spotlight Picture As Desktop Background In Windows 11

In rare cases, Windows 11 might take up to a minute to apply the spotlight picture as the desktop background. So, if the desktop wallpaper is not changed immediately, please wait for a while. And if you see a black background instead, refer to our fix to black desktop background in Windows 11 guide.

Once you set Spotlight collection as the desktop background, a Learn about this picture icon will show up on the desktop. You can double-click on the Learn about this picture icon to know more about your current desktop background. Right-clicking on the icon shows Open (shows more information about the picture), Switch to next picture, I like this picture, and Not a fan of this picture options.

How To Set Spotlight Picture As Desktop Background In Windows 11

If you click the “I like this picture” option, Windows 11 more display similar pictures in the future. Likewise, select the “Not a fan of this picture” option if you do not like to see similar images in the future.

How to know where a Windows Spotlight picture was taken?

If you like a Windows Spotlight desktop background and are curious to know where the picture was taken to know more about the location and visit the place, right-click on the Learn about this picture icon and click Open. A page with full details about the picture will be opened in the Edge browser.


1.Can you make Windows Spotlight your desktop background?

Firstly, if you aren’t currently using Windows Spotlight, right-click the desktop and select Personalize. Click on ‘Lock screen’, and change the Background setting to ‘Windows Spotlight’. Once installed, run the app and make sure ‘Enable Windows Spotlight wallpapers’ is checked to activate the feature.

2. How do I change my desktop background on Windows 11?

Follow this step:

  1. Click the on-screen Windows button or press the Windows button on your keyboard.
  2. Click Settings.
  3. Go to Personalization.
  4. Choose Background.
  5. Select an already available image or click Browse to search for an image you’ve saved to your PC.

3. How do you set a spotlight image in Windows?

Open the Settings app and go to the Personalization group of settings. Select ‘Lock Screen’ and open the ‘Background’ drop-down. Select ‘Picture’ instead of Windows Spotlight and select an image. Lock your system once to make sure the image has been updated.

4. Where are desktop backgrounds stored Windows 11?

Default Windows 11 wallpapers are stored in C:\Windows\Web\.

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