Windows

How To Quickly Shuffle Windows 10 Background Slideshow

You might not think that wallpapers are very important in the grand scheme of things when it comes to assessing a new OS, but they still remain the face of any system. A few days back we covered the best Windows 10 wallpapers, and the method to enable the Hero wallpaper by default. Both these posts dealt with single desktop backgrounds though. There is also the possibility of setting up a slideshow as the background of your Windows 10 system. While you can choose the photos that are part of this slideshow, it is not possible to make the photos cycle quickly. So, if you want to gain this ability, as well as the option to shuffle Windows 10 background images, there is a roundabout way of doing so.

It is possible to shuffle Windows 10 background images by going through the relevant directories. However, the shorter route is via registry editor, and here is how you can do that.

Shuffle Windows 10 Background

Shuffle Windows 10 Background Images

  1. From the universal search option, access the registry editor by simply keying in ‘Regedit’. If you know the direct path to it, you can use that as well.
  2. In the left-hand pane, hit the HK_USERS option.
  3. Select the folder with the name of your computer’s admin account.
  4. Navigate to the following path;
    Control Panel\Personalization\Desktop Slideshow
  5. Look for the registry entry named ‘Shuffle’ and right-click it. In the ‘Values’ field, change the current status to ‘1’
  6. Restart your computer for good measure.

Your system should now shuffle Windows 10 background images within the desktop slideshow. There is one other customization feature though, which you can’t get by default. If you want to shuffle the images very quickly (1 image per minute) the default options don’t allow that. Here is how you can enable this.

  1. In Windows Explorer, go to the following path;
    %localappdata%\Microsoft\Windows\Themes
  2. The file accessed in the previous step should be right-clicked. Hit the ‘Open with’ option and choose to load the file with notepad.
  3. Look for the value labeled ‘interval’ in this file and change its value to ‘20000’ if you are looking to set a shuffle period of 20 seconds. Any value can be chosen in seconds, just make sure you follow it up with three excess zeros.

Thanks to the above steps, you can shuffle Windows 10 background slideshow images and control their change rate.