What Are Your Options?
It isn’t very often that we here at Bright Hub tell you that you can’t do something. Unfortunately, this is one of those times.
In the days of Windows XP and Active Desktop, you used to be able to use a webpage as your desktop wallpaper, which was great for Gmail or Hotmail users or those people who used online time management or calendar systems. You had active links on your desktop which worked just like a standard page, and offered extra interactivity to your system.
However, in Vista and more lately Windows 7, you can’t use a web page as wallpaper. Active Desktop was dropped in Vista because it was viewed as a security risk. You used to be able to work around it in Vista by using the Web tab in the Customize Desktop option of the display properties. You can’t even do that now if you use Windows 7.
Active Desktop was a mixed blessing in XP. It allowed us to play with our desktop, personalize it, tweak it and do all sorts of things to it. It was also, as already mentioned, a security nightmare. Microsoft spent a lot of time and energy trying to plug holes in it to get it to work, but gave up in the end because there was no sure-fire way to lock it down.
Security restrictions mean that you can only use approved image formats for desktop backgrounds. You can convert your favorite web page into a .jpg, but you won’t be able to watch it update or use the links. So if you came here looking to find out how to use a web page as wallpaper in Windows 7, you’re in for a disappointment.
I don’t like to be negative though, so I have found a little something else as a consolation prize.
I don’t know about you, but I change my wallpaper all the time because I get bored with them. I recently found out that I can have my wallpaper dynamically updated via RSS.