How to Change the Position of the Desktop Wallpaper

Unfortunately Windows only gives you the limited options of center or tile for the placement of the desktop wallpaper. With this setting you can move the image anyway on your desktop.

Open your registry and find the key below.

Create two new string values of ‘Wallpaperoriginx’ and ‘Wallpaperoriginy’. If the values already exist then you simply modify them.

Set the value of ‘Wallpaperoriginx’ to equal the horizontal offset, and set the value of ‘Wallpaperoriginy’ to equal the vertical offset. Then either restart Windows, or change your background image through the Control Panel.

Note: The image is offset from the center of your desktop, so you can use positive and negative values.

Registry Settings

User Key: [HKEY_CURRENT_USERControl PanelDesktop]
Value Name: Wallpaperoriginx, Wallpaperoriginy
Data Type: REG_SZ (String Value)
Value Data: Distance in Pixels


Using Regedit to modify your Registry
Once you have started the Regedit you will notice that on the left side there is a tree with folders, and on the right the contents (values) of the currently selected folder.

Like Windows explorer, to expand a certain branch (see the structure of the registry section), click on the plus sign [+] to the left of any folder, or just double-click on the folder. To display the contents of a key (folder), just click the desired key, and look at the values listed on the right side. You can add a new key or value by selecting New from the Edit menu, or by right-clicking your mouse. And you can rename any value and almost any key with the same method used to rename files; right-click on an object and click rename, or click on it twice (slowly), or just press F2 on the keyboard. Lastly, you can delete a key or value by clicking on it, and pressing Delete on the keyboard, or by right-clicking on it, and choosing Delete.

Note: it is always a good idea to backup your registry before making any changes to it. It can be intimidating to a new user, and there is always the possibility of changing or deleting a critical setting causing you to have to reinstall the whole operating system. It’s much better to be safe than sorry!

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