Friday, August 19, 2022

Set A GIF Wallpaper For Your Windows 10 Desktop!

Setting up your desktop is extremely important. Looking at the same old boring looking desktop can soon become agitating, especially if most of your work is on your PC. Setting up a nice desktop or theme is important to keep one’s anger in check over such simple issues (at the same time keeping them sane).

Most prefer stunning wallpapers as wallpapers. However, there is another alternative. GIFs can also be used as wallpapers on Windows 10.

So, how to have a GIF wallpaper for Windows 10? Here I have given a complete step by step guide on doing it. You can also learn the method of creating a GIF if you are unfamiliar with it from this article.

What Are GIFs?

GIF or Graphics Interchange Format is a bitmap image format that supports up to 8bits per pixel for each image. The unique thing about GIFs, which lead to its widespread usage is that it also supports animations.

Nowadays, GIFs are in widespread use for multiple purposes. From capturing stunning video moments as pictures to making memes.

How To Have A GIF Wallpaper In Windows 10?

Windows 10 doesn’t have native support for GIF wallpapers. This doesn’t mean that you cannot use GIF wallpapers. Like for everything that Windows doesn’t have support for, there are 3rd party applications that make it happen.

To have a GIF wallpaper for Windows 10, you will need to install a desktop customization software. But which one to use? Here I have suggested a few that you can use with how to use them.

1) Plastuer

Plastuer is a great application for setting up GIFs, videos and HTML5 webpages as wallpapers. It is sadly not free and costs around $5. The app is portable and doesn’t require installation.

It uses Chromium’s open source browser and allows wallpapers to support HTML5 canvas, CSS3 Animations, and WebGL. It is also quite smart as it automatically stops all animations in the background when it detects a full screen or maximized application opening on your PC. This prevents any processing power hog while you are playing games. It also supports multiple monitors, which is quite impressive.

To pick GIFs on Plastuer, follow the steps given below:

  1. One way to pick a GIF is using the URL field to point to a source for a GIF.
  2. Several URLs can also be added with the Create Playlist field box.
  3. The select file option is what you will use to select a GIF file from your PC.
  4. The Browser Gallery option opens the official gallery for GIF selection.

Once you have selected the GIF, choose the monitor you want it setup and click on Save to complete the process. The set wallpaper can be easily disabled by clicking on the Disable Wallpaper option.

It also supports customizability on how it behaves on Fullscreen and on Maximize. It can also be set to apply wallpapers on Startup.

2) BioniX

BioniX is an extremely popular application for setting GIF background in Windows 10. It is free, which leads to why it is so popular compared to Plastuer. BioniX at its essence is quite simple in while being effective. Some of its notable features are:

  1. It is portable and doesn’t require any installation.
  2. BioniX works with GIFs and AVI wallpapers.
  3. There are options for either painting the animation over or under the desktop icons.
  4. Zooming in/out of animation is also possible with this application.
  5. It requires very low RAM and CPU support, so it works well with low end PCs.

Using BioniX is as simple. Open the application and drag and drop the GIF file on it. The GIF file will get added to a playlist. Choose the GIF from the playlist to be set as wallpaper. That’s it, the GIF will now be set as your Windows 10 wallpaper.

How To Find Or Make GIFs?

Now, you may be wondering how to download GIFs, or make your own? Making GIFs is extremely simple and doesn’t require much work. The easiest way to create GIFs is using GIF making tools such as Giphy Maker.

Simply loading the file on the Giphy Maker website and converting it will get you the GIF you desire. If you don’t want to go into the trouble of making GIFs and simply want to find ready made ones, then it can be done by visiting the following websites:

  1. Tenor
  2. Reddit
  3. Gfycat
  4. Giphy
  5. Pixelstalk

Closing Up

So, there you have it. Now you know how to have GIF wallpaper for Windows 10. Create your own GIF wallpaper and change your boring desktop. If you have any questions regarding this topic, ask them in the comments section below.

Sanmay Chakrabarti
Sanmay Chakrabarti
Sanmay is a Windows Insider and editor at BottoBotto. He is a Tech enthusiast and has been writing tech blogs for over 2 years now. He loves reading books, traveling to new places and listening to music in his free time.

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