Last Updated on: Wed, Jun 11 2014

Calendar Installation

Ok, so you've searched our site and found the perfect calendar wallpaper, now how do you get if from the Internet to your Desktop?

Read On!

  1. Download and save the Calendar zip file to your computer. You might want to create a folder just for them in My Documents or on your desktop.

  2. You will need to unzip the file. Windows ME, XP & Vista users can just right click on the zipped file and choose extract to here or extract all. This will create a new folder with the unzipped images inside it inside the same folder you downloaded it too. This new folder will have the same name as the Zip file.

    • Alternately you can use an unzipping program. There are many available at places like CNET and ZDTV. You can also download a trial copy of Winzip here. Although it's not freeware, it will continue to work after it's expiration date.

  3. Once you have your wallpaper unzipped it's time to install it as your desktop wallpaper. The easiest way to do this is to right click on the image that's the size of your Desktop and then choose "Set as Desktop Background."

    • If you don't know your screen resolution and choose the wrong size your display might not look good. The next section "How to use your Calendar" will show you how to find your screen resolution and give you some suggestions that give you more control over your desktop.

How to use your Calendar as Wallpaper

VISTA, Win 7 & Win 8 users click here to continue.

  1. Right click on any bare spot of your desktop and choose Properties down at the bottom of the menu.

  2. There are a lot of options available that you can customize here. For now let's just look at what your screen resolution is. Click on the Settings Tab.

    In the image on the right you can see that my screen resolution is 1024x768. So my best choice of wallpaper will be that size.

    These days with Large monitors that are 17 inches or more this may seem a small size. A good rule of thumb is that the larger the numbers of your resolution the smaller everything is on your screen. So, if you don't have a really large monitor but are able to use a high resolution you might find it difficult to read text.

  3. Now that you know your screen size, let's go back to the Desktop Tab. This is where you can install wallpaper by using the Browse button to find and select it. Clicking the Apply button will change it to the one you choose.

    There are a couple of other options here that you should look at. Especially if you have a higher screen resolution than 1024x768.

    • First is the Position Drop down. You can see my example is set to Stretch. This will stretch the image so that it fits the entire area of your desktop. If the image you are stretching is close to the size of your desktop this setting wouldn't be a problem. But if there's a large difference what you get on your desktop would be distorted.

    • The other choices are Tiled and Center. Tiled will cause a smaller image to repeat to fill the space. Center is the one I want to discuss here.

    • Center does just that. It displays the image in the center of your desktop with a colored border around it.

    • That brings us to the Color button. Here you can choose the color of the border when you center an image. So you can have a contrasting or complimentary color.

  4. Now let's look at your desktop. Notice all those pesky Icons over there to the left. Or are yours taking over the whole desktop...? Why are there so many...? Well every time you install a program it wants to place an shortcut or icon on your desktop so you can find it without going to the Start button. That's great if you use them and like them but if you don't you can do a few things to control them.

    • One thing you can do is to remove the ones you don't need. I am willing to bet you have one or two Icons that will help you sign-up for Internet service with AT&T or another provider. Since you already have an Internet provider service you don't need them.

    • Find one and right click on it and delete it. You will likely get a pop-up warning which explains that you are not deleting a program, just a short-cut Icon. Click on the Delete button and it will be gone.

  5. You probably still have Icons over the top of something like I do here. Yuck..! What a mess and they're all over the top of my calendar too! There are a couple of ways to deal with them.

    You can choose how they are arranged (Windows 98SE and higher versions including 2000, ME XP & Vista).

    Right click the desktop and choose Arrange Icons By or View and then click on Align to Grid. This will create an invisible grid on your desktop. You can now drag an Icon anywhere you want it and drop it there.

    Here you can see that I moved Icons in between the calendar where they don't interfere so badly with the wallpaper.

    I could also have spread them all around the outside edge.

    Now this looks pretty good but you will have to rearrange them every time you install a new calendar.

  6. So why not get rid of them all together..?

    Now I know you don't want to lose them, they are important. So here's a way to do that without losing quick access to them.

    First we need to add a new toolbar to the one where your Start button is (the taskbar).

    Right click on your Taskbar and then highlight Toolbars. Depending on where you clicked another menu will appear to the right or left. Click Desktop

  7. Now look at your Taskbar again. There's something new there. This new button is to the right near the clock. If you click where you see >> a menu will pop up with all your desktop Icons on it.

    If you see the icons spread out across your Taskbar instead you can click on the dotted area to the left of the word Desktop and grab the handle, then drag it to the right until only the word Desktop and the >> remain.

  8. Ok, almost done. One last step is needed to turn the Icons display off on the desktop so the won't show any more.

    Right click the desktop again and choose Arrange Icons By

    Then from the next menu you will see a check by Show Desktop Icons. Click on that to de-select it and they will disappear leaving your desktop clean as a whistle.

  9. Ok only one more thing to do. We need that Taskbar to go away too and there's an easy way to solve that.

    Right click on your Start button and choose Properties. Here you can change how your Start Menu looks. But what we are interested in is the Taskbar, so click the Taskbar button at the top and then choose "Auto-hide the taskbar."

    And you have done it. Anytime you want an item formerly on your desktop just touch your cursor to the bottom edge of your screen and the taskbar will move up.

Help just for Vista, Win 7& Win 8 Users

Accessing the options to change your desktop are just a wee bit different.

  1. You still begin by right clicking in an empty area of your desktop. But your menu is a little different. You want to choose Personalize on the bottom.

    Now look down to the bottom of the new Menu and find Display. You don't need to do this if you already know what your screen resolution is. You will see a screen that shows your monitor and near the bottom the all important size in Pixels. Next you need to find that calendar you downloaded and unzipped.

    So back on the first menu choose Desktop Background (second choice on the personalize menu).

  2. The menu that opens may show you the wallpaper or calendar currently being displayed. Also there's a "browse" button. Use that to find your calendar. Now look to the bottom of the menu. Here you find the options for how it will be displayed on your desktop.

    There are three choices with small examples of what they do. Left to right they are Stretch, Tile and Center. If your chosen calendar is the same size as your Desktop, then choose that first button on the left.
    If it's smaller, choose the one on the right. If you choose the one on the right, text will appear on the right saying Change Background Color and when you click it you can select a complimentary color to go with your calendar.

    Do not choose the center one to tile unless you are using a small image of around 256x256 pixels.

    I recommend you return to the previous section of the tutorial and learn how to get rid of the icons without losing the use of them...

  3. Here's a tip from one of our Artists who is a Win 7 user and it works the same in Win 8. You can also choose to have your color scheme be a palette. What this does is color match all your windows to the currently displayed calendar.
    This will create a slide show of your chosen calendars on your desktop. This is not a screensaver, but a rotation of your wallpaper!
    In Windows 7, go to Control panel/Personalization.
    At the bottom go to Desktop background/ Slide show. Now you can browse to your calendar folder and holding down the control key, pick as many calendars as you want. There are settings at the bottom for how many minutes between changes and also settings for proper fit for your screen. ie stretch, fit, tile, etc.
    Click on Save Changes and you're done!

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