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Folder Background Images in WinXP

This brief tutorial explains how to add a background image to any folder in Windows XP. Really enables you to customize your workflow and experience using WinXP. Estimated time to completion: around 5 minutes (it’s easy).

Step 1

First, make sure all hidden files are visible on your system. Then, open the folder for which you wish to add a background image. Within the folder, right-click and select Properties » Customize tab » Customize. There, choose any icon, click Apply and OK.

Step 2

That process should have created a desktop.ini file. Open that file with a text editor and add these lines of code:

[ExtShellFolderViews]
{BE098140-A513-11D0-A3A4-00C04FD706EC}={BE098140-A513-11D0-A3A4-00C04FD706EC}
[{BE098140-A513-11D0-A3A4-00C04FD706EC}]
IconArea_Image=C:\path\folder\background.jpg

To customize this according to your needs, edit the path in the last line to reflect to the location of the image you wish to use as the background image for that folder. Refresh the folder and the new background should appear.

Step 3

Finally, to remove the default icon chosen during the creation of the desktop.ini and restore the default folder icon, delete these lines of code from within the desktop.ini file:

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

And done! Time for a little break :)

Jeff Starr
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26 responses to “Folder Background Images in WinXP”

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    Perishable 2008/02/26 5:31 pm

    Hi enche rajoo,

    The desktop.ini file may already be there, but it might be hidden from view. Try going into Tools > Folder Options > View and checking the option to “Show hidden files and folders”. After doing that, check for the file, and if you still don’t see it, you will have to create it. Simply right-click within the target directory/window and select “New > Text Document”. Name the new file “desktop.ini” and you are good to go!

  2. enche rajoo 2008/02/27 2:58 am

    thanx pal!:)

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