Saturday, February 19, 2011

2011 Desktop Calendars

As promised, here are the links to your 2011 Desktop Calendar Backgrounds.  At the end of this post are some help/instructions for setting each picture as your background (in case anyone needs a hint).

February 2011
Resolution Size 1280x1024
Resolution Size 1152x864
Resolution Size 1024x768

March 2011
Resolution Size 1280x1024

April 2011

May 2011

So far, May is my favorite.  I'll get the rest of the 2011 months to you soon!


These are the first five months of 2011 Desktop Calendars I made.  Now, they're not perfect or anything, but I personally, prefer to have a desktop background that has a calendar on it.  Makes my life sooooo much easier!  So I put these together for you.  (Sorry February is already halfway over!)


If you don't know how to save an item as your desktop background, just select an image and right click on it. It should give you the option to save as wallpaper/background.   Also, you may need to be aware of your screen resolution.  I know, I know, "Cheryl, don't give me a bunch of that techy talk.  I don't got time for that!  You're lucky that I'm even on here reading your blog entry."  But, for those who might not know, but would like to, you can check your screen resolution by doing the following:

  • Click the START button at the bottom left of your screen
  • Select DISPLAY
  • Click on the SETTINGS tab
  • You will then see a little left to right slider bar in the middle.  Notice where your pointer is on that bar.  Is it far to the right, the middle, far to the left?  Remember.  
  • Try sliding the bar back and forth left and right a little bit slowly.  You may notice your screen change.  If you slide it all the way to the right.  You will select 1280x1024 (pixels) resolution.  That's what I prefer to use because it means I can see the most stuff possible at a time on my computer screen.  It also makes things more crisp for viewing, though smaller (which you can also change the size of your screen text if you desire, but that is another topic--email me if you need help).  If you slide your bar to the left, there are 3 other "notches" of resolution you can choose:  1152x864, 1024x768, and 800x600.  Most people use the "standard" 1024x768 resolution.  But, you can decide whichever one you prefer.  If you increase your resolution, you'll see a whole new world on some of your web pages.  For example, most people have a "background" pattern on their blog.  If you go to someone's blog, you may see very little of this "background" on the left and right sides of your screen.  However, if you increase your screen resolution to 1280x1024 you will likely see a LOT more of this background pattern.  Play around with the resolution, visit other webpages and see what you prefer.  Or, keep it right where you have it if you wish.
  • Choose your resolution size and click APPLY
  • After your screen is altered, click OK
  • Close everything up
Now you are ready to go grab one of my desktop background images and save it as your background/wallpaper.  I made the images in 3 resolution sizes (1280x1024, 1152x864, and 1024x768) so it would work for you with whichever screen resolution you've chosen.  (Except for the lowest resolution because no one really uses that one.)  Be sure to select the image with the same resolution you selected in the DISPLAY SETTINGS.  If you don't, it will still work, but it won't fit your screen just right.

  • After you’ve determined which picture you are going to download as  your background, click the link and go to the image.  When you see the image at Image, right click it.  Select “Save Image As”.  Save the image somewhere on your computer (desktop?) where you will know where to go back to get it.  If you’re forgetful (like me), you may even want to write down which folder you filed it in!
  • Once you have saved the image to your computer, go back to where you saved it.  Open it.  Right click on the image.  Select “Set as Background”.  Viola!  There you have it! 

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