internet explorer wallpaper

Microsoft Windows xp home edition with s...
May 23, 2010 at 12:17:54
Specs: Windows XP
My niece downloaded a picture for the desktop and it works fine - but I can't find it to put on her computer (she is not on the net). Where do I find this picture? I have looked at every bmp, and jpg in windows.

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May 23, 2010 at 15:35:12
Firstly let me make sure I am reading you right.

1. You mean Desktop Wallpaper (not Internet Explorer Wallpaper - as per subject).

2. You've download a desktop picture which working fine on a computer.

3. You want to find the saved file so that you can transfer it to another machine to use as wallpaper.

If that's what you mean it should be here:

If the second machine is also XP you need to put it in the same location on there. You then have to select it by right clicking the desktop > Properties > Desktop.

Note that you might have discrepancies when displayed if the two computer screens are not the same ratio.

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May 23, 2010 at 20:02:22
I have looked but it isn't there. When I go to the control panel /display/desktop the picture I want says "internet explorer wallpaper". I have looked everywhere I know to look and I have searched all files and folders but can't find it. Now we can't find the website to try again,either.
Thanks for trying to help.

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May 24, 2010 at 05:13:23
Best guess is that you downloaded a zip file which contained wallpaper files.

Presumably the wallpaper is showing on the desktop so if you go to control panel/display/desktop you should be able to find the name of the actual walpaper in use.

I suspect I'm not properly understanding the situation. Maybe someone else will join in who can work it out.

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May 25, 2010 at 12:16:11
When you do the "Set as Wallpaper" thing, the image that you have right-clicked on is saved in C:\Documents and Settings\YOURNAME\Application Data\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Internet Explorer Wallpaper.bmp

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May 25, 2010 at 13:00:14
Aha. Seems I was not aware of the subtlety of "Internet Explorer Wallpaper",
so I'm glad timmycb came along.

Well then, if it is in the location given in #4 then probably you are not set to show hidden files and folders. The folder Application Data is hidden.

Go to Control Panel > Folder Options > View.

Put the blob in "Show hidden files and folders".

Untick "Hide extension for known file types" too.

Apply/OK your way out.

I would recommend you keep these settings anyway.

If you now follow the advice in #4 you should find your file. You will have to carry out the above procedure on the other machine when you move it over and if necessary create any missing folders.

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