How to set Spotlight as desktop wallpaper in Windows 11

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Those backgrounds that appear on lock screens in Windows 10 and Windows 11 are bliss to watch. They change every day. If you don’t like the current background, you can send feedback about that to Microsoft and request a new image on your screen. If you’re missing Spotlight images in Windows 11 for desktop, Microsoft has introduced them with the name Windows Spotlight in the new OS to use as wallpaper.

Windows 10 uses the Windows Spotlight feature to show beautiful images on the Lock screen.

Free apps are also available to set (or download) spotlight lock screen images as desktop backgrounds.

Recently launched Windows 10 successor, Windows 11 also uses Spotlight tech to show interesting pictures on the lock screen.

But the new OS lacks the Spotlight feature for desktop background, Microsoft has added it in insider dev build 22518 and is available in Windows 11 build 22000.708 with an Optional update (KB5014019).

The Windows Spotlight feature on a desktop will be available to all Windows 11 users in the second week of June with the Patch Tuesday update anyway.

 Set Spotlight as Windows 11 desktop background

  1. Right-click on dekstop
  2. Select Personalize in the context menu
  3. Click on Background
  4. In the dropdown for “Personalize your background“, select “Windows Spotlight
    Windows Spotlight option in Windows 11 background Settings

This adds a new icon with the text “Learn about the picture” at the right top corner on the screen, dekstop wallpaper immediately changes to reflect the change.

windows Spotlight icon desktop right click menu options

You can know more about that image by clicking the Spotlight icon.

Or, you can also right-click and select ” open”, the information about that image will be displayed on the Bing website in Edge browser.

You can right-click on it and select the option to “switch to the next picture”, you can even tell Microsoft from Windows 11 desktop what you like or dislike about the picture. This will be taken as feedback and different Spotlight images will be displayed which further improves your wallpaper experience on dekstop.

As of writing the article, the option is available to insiders in the following countries in Dev build 22518.

Australia, Canada, China, Finland, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Norway, Spain, Sweden, the U.K, and the U.S

Microsoft promises to roll out the Spotlight collection to insiders in more countries in the coming time.

As usual, like other features, new features will be delivered first to Dev insiders for testing and further feedback, after that to beta and release preview, and then after to the public.

It may take months, or you may experience Spotlight on Windows 11 dekstop in production or a stable build in the year 2022.

If you’re upgraded to Windows 11 from Windows 10 and missed the Spotlight feature for desktop background, you should be happy that the feature is made into the dev version of OS, and it might show up in the public build for sure.

Windows 11 now allows you to personalize your dekstop background with a “picture” or “solid color” or “slide show” or “Windows Spotlight”.

The new Personalization option is nice in Windows 11, what do you say? Let us know in the comments below.

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