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How to change the background color in Windows Photo Viewer.

As it turns out, Microsoft has not for-seen the need for an option that would allow you to do this with two clicks. But thankfully there are kind and knowledgeable people who go one step further than Microsoft and share their solutions to common problems like these.
So the way you can change the background color is by editing your Windows registry.
  1. Press Win+R key to open the Run prompt.
  2. Type in regedit and press Enter. Click Yes if prompted by UAC.
  3. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows Photo Viewer\Viewer
  4. From Edit menu, select New and then DWORD (32-bit). Name it BackgroundColor.
  5. From Edit menu, select Modify.
  6. Type in "ff" followed by the hexadecimal value for the color you want (e.g. ff000000 for black).
  7. Click OK and close the Registry Editor. Done!
When you open a picture in Windows Photo Viewer now you should see a black background color.


How can i stretch my background over 2 monitors?

I think I may have found the solution.  Bear with me, as stupid problems require stupid solutions/workarounds.
I think Windows Photo Viewer may be to blame.
When I first downloaded a dual screen background, I saved it, and opened it with the standard default of Windows Photo Viewer.  It previewed the picture like normal.
From within Windows Photo Viewer, if you right click the image and choose “Set as desktop background” it gets cached to:
C:\Users\%yourprofilename%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows Photo Viewer (1)
You will see the above location displayed if you go to the Desktop Background screen (Right click your desktop, choose Personalize, click Desktop Background)
Apparently this is the kiss of death for dual screen wallpaper expanding, because anytime I had a picture here, despite being on Tiled mode, (or switching modes and going back to Tiled), it WOULD NOT DISPLAY ACROSS TWO SCREENS.
Retarded, right?  So here’s what I did.  Using my vast powers of anti-logic, I navigated to the location on my drive where the image was actually stored, and then from explorer I right clicked the image and chose “Set as desktop background”.
Wouldn’t ya know it, BAM!  The background expanded correctly across both screens, no more cloning, or expanding the height while still tiling.  It just worked.  If at this point it’s not working for you, be sure to go back to the Desktop Background screen, and reselect Tile mode.  (you should also see that the file path referenced above has changed to reflect the file’s actual location)

System specs as follows:
Win 7 Enterprise 64bit SP1
Dual GTX460s (Running my 2 displays just off the one card though at the moment)
Dual screens, 1920x1080 for 3840x1080 spanned image dimension.


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