Background Picture Location


  1. Posts : 3
    windows 10
       #1

    Background Picture Location


    Hi all,

    I have a folder with about 2000 pics in it which I use as background pics being randomly selected. When a pic is displayed as the current background, is there any way to find the file in the folder. I don't want to have to scroll through each pic to find the current background pic to be able to delete it. I only have one folder where all the pics are.

    I have used the ...
    %AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Themes\CachedFiles

    command but that only gives the cached file location, not the actual location.

    Let me know if I need to provide more details.

    Thanks in advance

    AliG
      My Computer


  2. Posts : 1,721
    Windows 10 Home
       #2

    If I understand, you want to find the original picture used as wallpaper in a File Explorer folder. Unless someone has another option, I'm afraid that you do have to scroll through your folder, as Windows only makes a COPY of the current desktop picture in this hidden file here - C:\Users[YOURUSERNAME]\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Themes\TranscodedWallpaper (no extension but you can r-click and open with your default photo viewer). If you deleted the original, the wallpaper would remain the same.
      My Computer

  3. Bree's Avatar
    Posts : 18,790
    10 Home x64 (20H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #3

    alig301 said:
    is there any way to find the file in the folder.
    Yes. @mrgeek's post gave me the clue I needed to find it. Open Regedit and look at:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop

    Here you will find a REG_BINARY value called TranscodedImageCache. Being a Binary value it's difficult to read, but with care you can make out the file name. Here my background is using random images from my Pictures\Wallpaper folder, the currently transcoded image is 309732.jpg

    Background Picture Location-current-wallpaper-file.png
      My Computers


  4. Posts : 1,721
    Windows 10 Home
       #4

    Bree said:
    Here you will find a REG_BINARY value called TranscodedImageCache. Being a Binary value it's difficult to read, but with care you can make out the file name. Here my background is using random images from my Pictures\Wallpaper folder, the currently transcoded image is 309732.jpg Background Picture Location-current-wallpaper-file.png
    Bree; where did you learn 'hieroglyphics' ?
      My Computer

  5. Berton's Avatar
    Posts : 10,571
    Win10 Pro Versions 2004 and 2009/20H2, Win10 Pro IP_Dev, Win10 Home 1909
       #5

    If wishing to dig further, the first line here is the location of the installed Themes images and the second line is the image currently displayed, will change if selecting Next desktop background:

    C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Themes\RoamedThemeFiles\DesktopBackground

    C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Themes\CachedFiles
      My Computers


 

  Related Discussions
Our Sites
Site Links
About Us
Windows 10 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 10" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd
All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:14.
Find Us




Windows 10 Forums