Bing is probably never going to be the legit Google contender it hopes to be, but that doesn’t mean that Microsoft’s search engine doesn’t have some great qualities. Those lovely daily backgrounds on the main search page, for example, look great, and with a little tweaking you can get them to appear as your desktop background.
Bing has an official Wallpaper app that lets you automatically change your desktop background to match the daily wallpaper. This article will show you how to use that app and, as an alternative, a dynamic daily-rotating desktop background on Windows.
Set Daily Bing Wallpaper Using Bing App
Through the Microsoft website, you can download and install the official Bing Wallpaper app. Once you’ve downloaded it and opened the installer, remember to uncheck the boxes trying to dupe you into switching your various defaults to Bing. (Sneaky Microsoft will be sneaky Microsoft.)
Once you’ve installed the Bing Wallpaper app, it will sit in your system tray and should apply the Bing wallpaper of the day automatically.
If you want to see the name of the place shown on the wallpaper, open your system tray and right-click the new Bing Wallpaper icon.
In the Bing Wallpaper right-click menu, you can also change the wallpaper to a previous one used as the daily Bing wallpaper, and if you want to stick with that wallpaper for a while, you can deselect the “Enable a daily refresh” option in the Bing Wallpaper menu.
Use Dynamic Theme to Set Daily Bing Wallpaper
The second option to get Bing daily wallpapers is to go to the Microsoft Store and get this little app called Dynamic Theme.
Once you’ve installed it, open Dynamic Theme, and you’ll be greeted with an interface that looks almost identical to the Windows Personalize settings screen.
In the pane on the left, you’ll see several options that we’ll get to later.
For now, to change your desktop background to the Bing daily image, select “Background” in the pane on the left, then click the Background drop-down menu and select “Bing.” (You can also choose Windows Spotlight here, which is the daily changing image that appears on the Windows lock screen by default.)
Once it’s selected, you should see the Bing Daily Wallpaper in the Preview pane. Click “Update” to set it as your background.
There’s more to it, though. You can go through the back-catalogue of Daily Bing wallpapers to see previous ones, set those as your background instead, or download the images.
To do this, just click “Show history,” then click the left arrow at the bottom of the new window to scroll through past images. To set one as your background, right-click it and click “Set as background” (or you can save it by right-clicking it and hitting “Save”).
From the “Dynamic Theme” main screen, click “Daily Bing image” in the pane on the left to load more options relating to the daily image.
You can, for example, autosave each Daily Bing image to your PC under the “Autosave” heading. Or, if you want to fine-tune which part of the world you want to see in your Daily Bing images, you can change it under the “Source” heading.
To keep your Windows accent colors (the color of live tiles, highlighted Start menu and so on) in sync with the background, right-click an empty space on the desktop and click Personalize. In the Settings window that opens, click Colors, then tick “Automatically pick an accent color from my background box.”
And there you have it – a beautiful new image as your desktop wallpaper on Windows every single day, helping to inspire and relax you as you work. Note that the entire guide above can also be applied to the lock screen (just select “Lock Screen” from the pane on the left), or you can use the Dynamic Theme app to pull images from Daily Windows Spotlight as well.
Now that you’ve taken care of the wallpaper, how about exploring a few awesome screensavers for your desktop or customizing the startup sound?
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