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Wallpapa is a lightweight application that can automatically switch your desktop backgrounds after a preset interval. Not only that, it also makes the process of changing your background easier than the built-in Windows interface. If you have been following MakeUseOf, you would know that I had recently wrote a post on High Resolution wallpapers Best Sites to Download Very High Resolution Wallpapers Best Sites to Download Very High Resolution Wallpapers Read More .

If you have downloaded a bunch of them, now would be a great time to try out Wallpapa.

And try out Wallpapa is what I did. I downloaded the small installer from here: http://download.cnet.com/WallPapa. Then, I installed it. Once it was installed, I saw this screen:

active desktop wallpaper

At the top, you’ll find folder list where you can add or remove folders. When you click the “Add or remove” button you will see a file browser that will let you choose the folders on your computer which contain backgrounds. You can also use a mapped drive to point to server files.

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After adding a folder, you can browse through the containing image files in the bottom portion of the program’s window.

Simply by scrolling down and selecting a background image, you can make it your desktop background afer hitting the “Set as Wallpaper” button. Next, we will look at how the program can shuffle through your images in the selected folder.

Hit the Shuffle button and Wallpapa will do its thing, randomly select and change your background image! Very cool, especially for someone like me who has a million pictures of my beautiful daughter. Next up, we will look at the Find feature. You can type in a query and hit enter or click on the magnifying glass. This will narrow down your search in your selected folders.

You can see it in action here:

And of course, what is an application if we don’t check out the Preferences! By hitting the Preferences button, you can toggle the Preferences sidebar which is shown by default on the right-hand side of the program.

The choices are simple enough. You may choose how often to swap backgrounds and how to display your images: Cover, Tile, Stretch or Scale. You can also set how it deals with small images and the default background color behind items.

This is a nifty application to set up active desktop wallpaper and that needs to stay running for it to work and uses very little memory. Give it a shot and let us know how you like it!

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  1. walid
    January 11, 2010 at 8:43 am

    No risks :D

  2. Code Monkey
    September 17, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    Any known security risks with this??

  3. anandarajeshwaran
    July 17, 2009 at 1:34 am

    Bionix wallpaper changer is what I am using.

  4. Bruce Schaller
    July 2, 2009 at 8:43 am

    A linux program which does something similar is called "Drapes" Works great.

  5. Juliana Peña
    July 2, 2009 at 8:24 am

    Just wanted to add that Windows 7 does this out of the box, no third-party programs or hacks required.

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