How To Reduce Windows 10 Background Image File Size (2020)
- April 7, 2020
- Posted by: Craig Chamberlin
- Category: Microsoft Windows
Step By Step Instructions
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This lesson can be found within my book 27 Amazing Windows 10 Performance Boosting Tips: A Complete Visual Guide For Beginners, Intermediates & Experts. The goal of this lesson is to teach the user How To Reduce Windows 10 Background Image File Size in 2020, This lesson is performed using a complete visual guide. First, we will assess the primary skill one user will obtain through the lesson. Second, a brief risk analysis of how the lesson can impact system performance and security. Finally, we conclude with learning why this particular lesson is important.
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Why Learning How To Reduce Windows 10 Background Image File Size (2020) Is Important:
The “Personal” In Personal Computer
Ever since the computer has had a user interface, there has been a desktop experience. The desktop is your user’s little home base on your computer. They’re free to organize it to their wishes. If you’re like me, and you are obsessive about things you may do everything in your power to not have anything on your Microsoft Windows desktop. However, that’s just the thing; it’s your desktop.
That said, there is one aspect of the desktop environment that can take away from Windows performance. This aspect is the desktop wallpaper. The desktop wallpaper uses as much memory as required for the photo you choose. Higher memory usage for a wallpaper might not seem like a big deal until you realize some photos are enormous. As of the writing of this article, the app camera is anywhere between 10 and 15 megapixels. this is 10 to 15 million pixels.
Do High-Resolution Desktop Backgrounds Slow Down My Computer?
When using a high-resolution image as a desktop wallpaper, it can significantly reduce desktop load times. How does one figure out if their wallpaper is large? If you use one of the wallpapers included with Windows, then you don’t need to worry about it. The included Windows wallpapers have already been optimized to have a smaller file size. If you’re using a raw phone photo, then it likely is likely enormous. It’s easy to see how big a picture is by right-clicking on the image and choosing properties.
Generally speaking, if your image file size is larger than 100 megabytes, then you should consider optimizing it. Optimization can be done right within Windows using the built-in Photos app. You need to open up the photo inside of the Photos app, and you can quickly resize the image to match your desktop resolution. I cannot count the number of times I’ve sat down at someone else’s machine and saw a family photo in their background. Celebrating family on a desktop is sweet, but optimizing the photo is essential to prevent system performance issues.
A quick resize of the image fixes the problem. Once you’ve saved the image at the newer resolution, in our example we’re only going to do 1920 by 1080 pixels, you can right-click on the image again and view the properties to see the new file size.