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Desktops and wallpaper.
blaisepascal
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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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.)



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