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Activating Windows 11 Spotlight Images for Your Desktop Background

Many Windows users see different images on their lock screen, not knowing that it’s something available for desktop backgrounds too, in Windows 11.

The feature of generating unique images in the background is often referred to as the “Spotlight Collection.”

To enable spotlight images for your Windows 11 desktop background, follow the two-stepper guide below.

Step-by-Step Instructions on Enabling Spotlight Collection Pictures in Windows 11 Desktop Background

Step 1: Open Background Settings in Windows 11

In general, to make any adjustments to Windows 11 desktop background, you’d have to navigate to the “Personalization” settings.

To get there:

  1. Open your main settings.
  2. Then, click on Personalization, followed by a click on Background.
  3. Take a look at the image below for a visual reference.
opening background settings in Windows 11
Opening background settings in Windows 11.

Step 2: Select “Windows Spotlight” As Your Background

Once inside the Background settings, and as easy as it sounds, literally, the next step is to choose “Windows Spotlight” as your desktop background.

To do so, divert your attention to the card titled ‘Personalize your background’ with an associated dropdown arrow. Click on it, and as your last step, select “Windows Spotlight.” When executed correctly, your changes will take effect immediately, and Windows 11 will start displaying images from its spotlight collection. (See the image capture below for some context).

enabling Windows Spotlight as desktop background in Windows 11
Turning on Windows Spotlight as a desktop background in Windows 11.

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Spotlight Images Provide Excellent Variety

If sameness is not your style, you’ll find that the Spotlight images as a desktop background in Windows 11 would be more amenable to your tastes.

Plus, if a specific image piqued your curiosity, you can learn more about it by right-clicking the camera icon that resides at the top right corner of your desktop — once Spotlight images are set as your background.

Moreover, if you feel like it, you can provide feedback to Microsoft about what you think of that image, and can even switch to the next picture if it doesn’t jibe well.

What’s great is that all of these additional interactions can be accomplished by right-clicking on that same camera icon. Check out the screenshot below for an idea of how that manifests.

Windows 11 spotlight images' context menu
A real-world example of what the Windows 11 spotlight images desktop background’s context menu looks like.