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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