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    Background Photo

    I have used an image for my desktop backgound, to which image I would now like to add some text using my image editor. The problem is that I cannot find the image file on my computer or disks, and it now only exists as my desktop background. Is there any way to find a copy of the mage so that I can edit it?

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    Re: Background Photo

    It's got to be somewhere!

    Right_click on the desktop > Properties....
    What does it say is the background picture?

    Windows Explorer > Tools > Folder Options > View...
    Check you have selected to show hidden files - chjances are the pic resides in your Windows folder which may be hidden.

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    Re: Background Photo

    It must be on your disk somewhere. Right click on an empty part of the desktop>Properties>Desktop tab and determine which file is being used for the background. These are usually .bmp files and are usually stored in the Windows directory. If the file is not in the Windows directory, you can search for it using the file name and wildcards - eg. myimage*.*. In your search, make sure that "Search system folders", "search hidden files and folders" and "Search subfolders" are checked in the Advanced search options.
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    Re: Background Photo

    Leif and John, I can't search for the file since I do not know its name. It came from my digital camera.

    I have opted to show all hidden files and the opened the Folder Options to View. The Background selection is "Internet Explorer Wallpaper".

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    Re: Background Photo

    If you click on 'Browse' (to select an alternative background) which folder does it take you to? I'm not sure if it will take you to the home of the current picture, or the default Windows folder.

    Was the picture in a specific folder you had downloaded to from your camera when you picked it as your background? If so, it may be there.

    I suspect your only option may be to search for it manually using the 'Thumbnail' view in Windows Explorer. It may be worth sorting the folder by 'Type' (under the Details view) first so that at least all the picture files will be grouped.

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    Re: Background Photo

    It goes to the default folder. I'm not sure what folder I put it in from my camera. I'll try searching thumbnails by jpg.

    Thank you both very much for your suggestions.

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    Re: Background Photo

    The name part should be the same as listed in Properties. The extension could be either .bmp or .jpg. My system shows those types that are in either Windows or My Pictures but if you used Browse then I think it could be anywhere.

    If you search for the name (no extension) then you should find it.

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    Re: Background Photo

    When ever I open the Display properties and select the desktop tab, the wall paper file NAME is hi lighted. You should be able to do a SEARCH on that file file name.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Background Photo

    Calvin, Dave,
    I think the whole point is that it doesn't tell you the name of file!
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    Re: Background Photo

    OK - I tried a little experiment by setting a graphic being viewed in IE as the background, then did a search for it.

    Although I'm running XP, you should hopefully find it in the same place:

    Cocuments and Settings<username>Application DataMicrosoftInternet Explorer
    with the name
    Internet Explorer Wallpaper.bmp

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    Re: Background Photo

    You get a similar result by looking in the Windows 2000 Registry at

    HKCUSoftwareMicrosoftInternet ExplorerDesktopGeneral

    at the Wallpaper key, which contains something like

    Wallpaper REG_EXPAND_SZ %SystemDrive%MyTestDirRebecca.jpg

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    Re: Background Photo

    The file "Internet Explorer Wallpaper.???" is the result in "right clicking" a image and selecting "Set as Desktop background". This will always over write the existing "Internet Explorer Wallpaper" file with the new selection. This is how people will LOSE the image and not be able to reselect the image in the display properties, since it is no longer there. I found this out when using Windows 95 early on, and it has NOT changed.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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