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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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if you mean the wallpaper that keeps my computer monitor from getting wonky? Heck yeah ;) But I think you already knew that *lol*

i think you mean the screensaver, not the wallpaper. the wallpaper is the background image behind everything else - if the icons were dishes and silverware, the wallpaper would be the tablecloth (to further mangle a metaphor).

I don't have a steady wallpaper- I have a collection of imges that gets ranfdomly chosen from- I get about a half hour for each of the sexy, spiritual,silly & perverted images that I have ganked over the years into a folder (roughly 5,000)

that's an interesting idea - wallpaper that changes, like the "slideshow" screensavers, only all the way in the background. i think i'd find it personally too distracting, though... i've got a lot of images, many of which are absurdly unsuitable as wallpaper.

skitten has her slideshow wallpaper and screensavers both looking at the same directory of images. The timing of the two is different; about 1min or less per image for the screensaver, about 30min for the wallpaper.

Many of her images I consider "unsuitable for random guests", but she doesn't mind.

it's not the content that's unsuitable, it's the picture itself - wrong aspect ratio, too small (and would look horribly pixelated if enlarged), or possibly a partial picture that was one step in constructing something else.

(my screensaver simply blanks the screen and puts the monitor into "standby" mode.)

so do I but do it anyway *lol*

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