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How to Create a Custom Desktop Background

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How to Create a Custom Desktop Background: Organize your desktop with a visual blocked organizer

A custom desktop background is helpful if you find yourself constantly battling a cluttered screen.  If you’re like me, then your computer desktop has a tendency to get out of control sometimes.  I have been using some sort of organizational background for years, but finally decided to do a little tutorial on it!  It is really easy to do! 

What You Need:

This is simple.  You need like 10 minutes of your time and a program that will allow you to create a full page graphic.  There are several you could do this on, but I recorded one for PowerPoint below. 

You will also need to determine the size of your screen.  Here’s how:

  • Mac – Click on the apple icon in the top left corner.  Select “About This Mac.”  A little box will pop up.  Select the “Displays” tab and it will give you the details on your screen.  
  • PC – I should be under “Advanced Display Settings.”  Again, I own Mac’s, so it’s been a while since I’ve worked on a PC.  If you know for sure, send me a message and I’ll update this! 
  • You could literally measure it with a ruler/measuring tape.
  • OR you can use this handy little website to determine the size.

 

You can make your design the exact same size as those specifications OR you can use it as a ratio if you don’t want such a large file.  For example, I have a Macbook Pro (and an iMac, but I’m working on the couch currently) and it’s 16-inch (3072 x 1920).  I don’t necessarily need to make it that large in pixels (because that’s a rather large file), but for sure that same ratio.  I made mine 2000 x 1250 pixels and it looks fine.

(Canva tutorial coming soon!) 

Video Tutorial: Using PowerPoint to Create a Custom Desktop Background

I hope this helps you get (and stay) a little more organized!  Here’s my current one!  Y’all know me.  Super simple, clean, and light.  I can’t handle the visual clutter.  

MOVE the little arrow bar to see it blank and then how I use it!

How to Create a Custom Desktop Background: Organize your desktop with a visual blocked organizer How to Create a Custom Desktop Background: Organize your desktop with a visual blocked organizer

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Hey there! Welcome to the blog. I’m Ashley Hughes, kindergarten teacher turned web and graphic designer.  I love helping educators and creative entrepreneurs build their brand and business.  

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