E. C. from Philadelphia is having an issue with his dekstop appearance. He writes: “I CAN’T ROTATE MY DESKTOP PHOTO. I FOUND OUT HOW TO ROTATE IT IN MY PICTURES AND ON MY FACEBOOK. BUT I POSTED IT ON MY DESKTOP BEFORE I FOUND OUT HOW TO ROTATE. CAN YOU HELP ME, PLEASE ?”

I’ll be happy to, EC.

You didn’t mention which OS you’re using, but the process if pretty similar for Windows 7, 8.1 and 10.

First let’s start with the basics of applying a picture as your desktop photo.  Start by right-clicking on the desktop, and then clicking on PERSONALIZE.

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This will open up your personalization window.  Here you can change your background, color, sound and screen saver.  Click on BACKGROUND.

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Here you can decide what pictures to show, how they’ll fill your screen, and how often it changes the picture.

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 Since the Windows default for the background is a slideshow, you’ll notice that all of the pictures in the selection window are checked.  To select just one picture, click CLEAR ALL at the top, then check the box next to the picture that you want from your directory.

Now for the bad news.  There’s no way to rotate the picture within the desktop chooser.  The good news is that there’s an easy way to rotate the picture in your directory, so that when you choose it will be rotated correctly. 

First, click on the DOCUMENTS icon on your desktop.

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Open the directory that you want.  If WINDOWS PHOTO VIEWER isn’t your default for opening pictures, then right-click, hover over OPEN WITH and choose WINDOWS PHOTO VIEWER.

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Once it opens, you’ll see your picture options at the bottom of the screen.  Two of these are looping arrows, one to the left and one to the right.  This will rotate your image ninety degrees to the left or the right.

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 Once you close the photo viewer, it will save your picture with the new orientation.  Then, when you select the image in your background chooser, it will have the correct orientation.

I hope that this helps!

~ Randal Schaffer