Wallpaper Resizing Procedure in Windows 10

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Written by Kelly Houstan

Wallpapers basically come in different sizes. If you guys like an image and it’s a good, HD image then you can use it on a large screen even if it isn’t the right size. Windows can also stretch an image so that it fills the screen and normally, and it does a good job. Most of the time though, it doesn’t work and the image is cut off at the wrong end. The best course of action is actually to resize an image to fit your desktop. Here’s the best way in order to resize an image to desktop wallpaper. Just read this article to know all about Wallpaper Resizing Procedure in Windows 10. Let’s begin!

Find Your Screen Resolution

Before you resize an image to desktop wallpaper, you have to know what size it should be. This isn’t a one-size-fits all deal. You are cropping and resizing a picture for your screen. It’s also a custom job so use your screen’s resolution.

Just open the Settings app and go to the System group of settings. Choose the Display tab and look at the value set under the Resolution dropdown. This is basically the size an image should be to fit your screen perfectly.

Wallpaper Resizing Procedure in Windows 10

For this, we are going to use an image through Unsplash user John Fowler @wildhoney. This image is 4288x4800px. The width is less than the height so it’s a really poor fit for the average monitor that is mostly landscape oriented. There are two ways to treat an image just like this; resize, or crop, or both.

You can resize the image and change its width to 1920px too. The height will change proportionally and it will not be 1080px. Whenever you set it as your wallpaper, some of it will still be cropped out as well. If this is acceptable, use IrfanView to resize the image and set it as your wallpaper actually.

Given the dimensions of this specific image, at least half of it will be cropped out even after you’ve resized it to fit the width of your screen. There’s no way around this, however, what you can do is crop the image. So that it includes the better parts of the image that you’re using.


Again, you can also use IrfanView to crop it. Open the resized image in IrfanView and cut out the part that you guys want to include in the background. Remember to trim only from the top and bottom if you’ve already resized it in order to fit the width of your screen. Just save the cropped image and then set it as your desktop wallpaper.

You can use this same method to crop and resize an image for your phone. However, you will have to get the size absolutely right. Not all phones will fit an image on the screen so that it’s best to crop and resize it to fit.

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