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Pictures list - Display Properties Background tab

Published: June 2004
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For the Display Properties Background tab, Windows XP fetches the image files from the following locations:

BMP Files from %Systemroot% folder.

BMP, JPG, GIF, JPE, DIB, PNG, HTM files from the following locations:

  • %Systemroot%\Web\Wallpaper
  • %USERPROFILE%\My Documents\My Pictures (& sub-folders)
  • %AppData%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer
  • %ProgramFiles%\Plus!\Themes (& sub-folders)

If you want to clear a file from the background tab listing, move the file away from the above mentioned locations. To access each of the folders above, type the Path in Start-Run dialog.


  • %Systemroot% represents the folder where Windows is installed.
  • %USERPROFILE% represents the user profile home path
  • %AppData% represents the Application Data folder path
  • %ProgramFiles% represents the Program Files folder