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Desktops and wallpaper.
Talk about mixed metaphors... The central aspect of a typical modern GUI interface is the "desktop", where things live unless they are contained in a "window". The image displayed on the desktop, visible unless icons or windows obscure it, is called "wallpaper".

So your desktop has wallpaper and windows. Weird desktop, if you ask me.

At work, I've got two monitors, both about 17", and on the left one I've got a window maximized, and on the right one I've got a different window maximized. Usually, when I'm at home, I've got a window maximized. I'm trying to accomplish a task in the application I'm using now, so I don't want to waste any screen real estate.

With windows maximized all the time, I rarely see the wallpaper I choose. As such, it's just not important to me. Even when I don't have at least one window maximized, I usually have multiple windows per monitor open

But I see a lot of postings on Life Hacker and other sites which talk about really tricked out desktops, wallpaper designed to span multiple monitors, etc.

Am I unusual in using maximized windows all the time? Do most people really look at their wallpaper?

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I always maximize my programs, and use the desktop toolbar to pull different ones to the fore, as needed. (Sole exception being WinAmp, which is occasionally minimized.)

I see my wallpaper when turning the computer on and off, usually, and occasionally when shutting down a program, but otherwise not all that frequently.


I maximize my windows (or sometimes tile them vertically if there's something I need do be doing in both), and I generally use alt-Tab to switch windows.

I see my wallpaper in the morning when I log on and in the evening when I log off, and that's about it. Nevertheless, I do change it periodically (every few months, I guess) when I run up against something really cool that I'd like to look at.

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