When running Raspberry Pi on a fresh install it has a default background of a photo. I’m not really a fan of the default photo so I often change this to a lighter wallpaper or a solid dark background.
Below are the steps to change the Desktop Background.
How to Change Desktop Wallpaper to Another Image
If you want to change the Desktop Wallpaper of the Raspberry Pi to another photo, click on the
Applications Menu (Raspberry Pi Icon on the upper left), then hover over
Preferences, then click
This will open the Appearance Settings window.
Here click on the filename beside
This will open a file selection window where you can select your target wallpaper photo. Once selected click
In the photo example below, I will select the RPiSystem.png photo. This is great for me since it has an excellent light background, the only issue is that the text of the Wastebasket icon is not visible.
To solve this, click on
Then select a darker text color. Then click
I selected black, so this is what my Desktop should look like after changing the wallpaper photo and text color.
How to Change Desktop Background to a Solid Color
If you want to change the Raspberry Pi’s Desktop Wallpaper to a solid color, then go to
Appearance Settings. Then click on the selection menu beside
This will change the Desktop Background to the color indicated in
Text Colour to your desired target.
In the example below I selected Dark Gray for
Colour and White for
Below is the resulting Desktop with a Solid Colored Background.
I hope this helps you change the Background Wallpaper of your Raspberry Pi Desktop.
Let me know what you think in the comments below.