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Bing Wallpaper Tricks

I just read a blog post by Steve Clayton that pointed out a little feature I had overlooked in the new Bing.com – a wallpaper changer. It’s a small thing, but it’s kind of fun. In the bottom-right corner of the Bing.com homepage, you’ll see two arrows that let you scroll through the previous wallpapers featured on the site. Since Bing changes its wallpaper every day, there’s sure to be some great images you missed. Now if there was only an easy way to make the Bing wallpaper my desktop wallpaper, I’d be thrilled! In the meantime, though, there is a way to get to the URL of the image – it’s just not that easy. First, you first have to go to “View Source” in your web browser. Then do a search for the “g_img” (without the quotes.) Here, I found a funny-looking URL. I’m not a developer, so I wasn’t sure what it meant. For example, today’s URL found in the code was:'\/fd\/hpk2\/CinqueTerre_EN-US2206014527.jpg. Obviously, that’s not a normal-looking URL. I knew I was close though, so I experimented with the URL and ended up with one that worked: http://www.bing.com/hpk2/CinqueTerre_EN-US2206014527.jpg. You can compare the two URLs to see how I got there. Unfortunately, the image isn’t the ideal size for a desktop background (at least on my PC) but Windows can still make it work – you’ll just lose a bit of the image in the process when it’s centered on your screen.

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  • pokeystuffpokeystuff

    It seems that none of this functionality is available where I live, The buttons to go to previous images do not appear, and the little "hover infos" do not appear. I have to change my locale to USA before I get this stuff. I do get the background images which are nice but yet again it seems that other countries are an afterthought. I'm in Australia. Should I blame MS Australia or MS USA for this. Sad

    I suppose that in the USA you get "The Full Bing" in other countries you get "Half Bing", I'm Dissapointed.

  • pokeystuffpokeystuff

    It seems that none of this functionality is available where I live, The buttons to go to previous images do not appear, and the little "hover infos" do not appear. I have to change my locale to USA before I get this stuff. I do get the background images which are nice but yet again it seems that other countries are an afterthought. I'm in Australia. Should I blame MS Australia or MS USA for this. Sad

    I suppose that in the USA you get "The Full Bing" in other countries you get "Half Bing", I'm Dissapointed.

  • Mario Albertico MaganaMario Albertico Magana

    I've been doing Right-Click>Save Background As for every wallpaper since January 23 of this year...so now the slider is awesome for when I've missed the previous day's (usually when that would happen I would resort to cached versions on other search engines...hehe).

  • Mario Albertico MaganaMario Albertico Magana

    I've been doing Right-Click>Save Background As for every wallpaper since January 23 of this year...so now the slider is awesome for when I've missed the previous day's (usually when that would happen I would resort to cached versions on other search engines...hehe).

  • Pramod S GPramod S G

    Hey, u do get the "Save Background As" option on Bing.com if the country u've chosen isn't US...Bing.com of US has got its backgrounds embedded in Silverlight n as u would know, it can't be saved...Also, there ain't any arrows on the right bottom corner of the worldwide sites of Bing.com cuz its not Silverlight powered...

  • Pramod S GPramod S G

    Hey, u do get the "Save Background As" option on Bing.com if the country u've chosen isn't US...Bing.com of US has got its backgrounds embedded in Silverlight n as u would know, it can't be saved...Also, there ain't any arrows on the right bottom corner of the worldwide sites of Bing.com cuz its not Silverlight powered...

  • Pramod S GPramod S G

    Hey guys, i noticed a weird thing in Bing.com US site...The background is encrypted in Silverlight, but sometimes suddenly goes out of Silverlight and am able to save the background with a simple Right Click!! Pls enlighten me...

  • Pramod S GPramod S G

    Hey guys, i noticed a weird thing in Bing.com US site...The background is encrypted in Silverlight, but sometimes suddenly goes out of Silverlight and am able to save the background with a simple Right Click!! Pls enlighten me...

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