The default Windows Explorer does not offer many customizations. Users who prefer to spice up Windows Explorer can now do so with the Windows 7 Folder Background Changer which, despite its name, is compatible with Windows 7 and Windows Vista.
The portable program makes the selection of custom background images easy. All it takes is to select a folder at the top of the screen and a background image afterwards. The changes will be automatically applied to Windows Explorer.
The first change will be visible right away, consecutive changes will become visible after switching to another folder first and then loading the contents of the folder with the new background again.
It might be necessary to change the text font color as well depending on the color of the background image. The folder information are for instance not visible if a black or dark background folder image is selected.
Switching the text color for that folder to white or another lighter color will make the file information readable again.
Subfolders can be automatically included so that they sport the same background image as the selected root folder.
The program was recently updated to include a reset feature to reset the background of a folder so that no background image is shown when opening it in Windows Explorer.
Windows 7 Folder Background Changer is available from the Windows Club website. It is compatible with 32-bit and 64-bit editions of Windows and needs to be run as an administrator to function properly.
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