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Background Images on Folders!!

Here's a trick to set background wallpaper to a folder-
1. Open the folder you want a background on.

2. Make sure you can see ALL files. To do so: Go Start > Control Panel > Folder Options > View tab > Under "Hidden files and folders" click the one that says "Show hidden files and folders" AND UNCHECK "Hide protected operating system files (recommended)"

3. Check to see if that folder has a file called "desktop.ini"

If the folder does NOT have that file desktop.ini, you need Windows to create it for you... Right click in an empty area of the folder > Properties > Customize tab > Click "Customize" button > select the normal folder icon, Apply, OK. You do this creates only to create that file. You delete this choosing of the folder icon later. All you want is the file, not the folder icon.

4. Open desktop.ini and add the following lines of code:

[ExtShellFolderViews]
{BE098140-A513-11D0-A3A4-00C04FD706EC}={BE098140-A513-11D0-A3A4-00C04FD706EC}
[{BE098140-A513-11D0-A3A4-00C04FD706EC}]
IconArea_Image=C:\My Folder Background.jpg

If you had to perform the second part of number 3 (You had to select an icon for the folder so Windows would create the file), you can delete the following code, which was used to change the folder icon:

[.ShellClassInfo]
IconFile=%SystemRoot%\system32\shell32.dll
IconIndex=(some number)

This lets the folder have the default icon back, but the desktop.ini file which you want still remains, and now only contains the code for a background image.

5. Edit the last line of code (IconArea_Image=C:\My Folder Background.jpg) to the path of your picture, save the file and close it. Refresh your folder and it should have the new background.


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