How to Set a White Desktop Background in Windows 10

Ben Stegner 05-09-2016

Your computer’s desktop wallpaper is an extension of your personality, so it makes sense to set one that you love. Many people use top wallpaper sites Need A New Wallpaper? These 5 Awesome Sites Will Get You There Your choice of desktop wallpaper says a lot about who you are. So, if your wallpaper is an expression of who you are, where can you find wallpapers that fit your personality? Read More to grab cool prints, sometimes even setting them in a slideshow so you don’t have to decide on just one image.


However, sometimes simplicity wins, and you’d just like to make your background a solid color. Windows 10 allows you to choose from a wide spectrum of colors for this, but white is curiously missing from the Personalize section of Settings. Visiting Personalize in the Control Panel doesn’t do you any good either, as choosing to use a color just redirects you to the Settings app.

While white definitely won’t match if you’ve decked out Windows 10 in a black theme How to Change the Look and Feel of Your Windows 10 Desktop Want to know how to make Windows 10 look better? Use these simple customizations to make Windows 10 your own. Read More , you can still set it using a small workaround if you’d like.

For this one, we need to use some specifics in the Run dialogue Everything You Must Know About The Run Dialog & Most Useful Commands Are you using the easiest way to save time on Windows? It's the Run dialog. We show you how to quickly create custom commands to open any program or file in two easy steps. Read More , a utility that’s easy to miss but carries a lot of helpful commands. Press Windows Key + R to open Run, then type the following:

control /name Microsoft.Personalization /page pageWallpaper

Running this will bring up the Windows 7-style desktop wallpaper options. Here, you can select the drop-down box by Picture location: and choose Solid Colors. From here, you’ll be able to select any color you can select in Settings, with the noticeable addition of white.

Why you aren’t able to set a white background in the normal wallpaper options is a curiosity, but at least there’s a quick way around it.


Do you have any interest in using a white wallpaper? Let us know what kind of wallpapers you like below!

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Related topics: Wallpaper, Windows 10, Windows Tricks.

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  1. Sarah
    January 22, 2017 at 4:26 am

    Thank you so much.... worked perfectly

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