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Scott's Wallpaper Switcher is a system tray tool designed to allow you to quickly switch between wallpapers on your windows desktop. You can also configure the program to automatically switch wallpapers at predetermined intervals (like every 5 minutes). There is a built in "boss key" feature where clicking the system tray icon will bring up a "safe" wallpaper just in case you are in the habit of running inappropriate wallpapers on your windows desktop. This software is freeware, and is free for noncommercial use.
The install program will create a "Scotts wallpaper switcher" icon on your windows desktop.
The are three ways to use the "boss feature"
If you use any of the boss-key options, then auto-sequencing will be disabled until you re-open the main program window.
The boss paper is configured by the little <pick boss paper> button. By default, it will pick windows XP "bliss" if you've got it.
Buttons on the main window
The program is really self explanatory, but here's a run-down if you get stuck:
|<Add>||Add another wallpaper to the list|
|<Delete>||Remove the currently selected wallpaper|
|<Set Mode>||Toggle the mode between tiled, centered, or stretched|
|<Move Up>||Move the paper up in the list|
|<Move Down>||Move the paper down in the list|
|<Sequence Now>||Pick the next paper in the list right now|
|<Pick Boss Paper>||Select which paper will be the "boss" paper|
|<Switch to Boss Paper Now>||Immediately switch to the boss paper|
Configuration options on the main window:
|Auto-Sequence||Causes wallpapers to change at predetermined intervals|
|Enable Tray Icon Left Click "Boss" paper||Normally, when you click the tray icon, the program dialog will appear. However, you can also use this for boss mode. Select this option, and clicking the tray icon will display the boss paper. (You can still "right click" the tray icon to get a menu, open and close the program, etc)|
|Auto-Load on Windows Startup||This will make the program automatically load on windows startup|
There are several different modes that you can use to display your wallpaper. Generally, if your wallpaper is the same size as your desktop, then the mode does not matter. However, if your wallpaper is a different size than your desktop, then it'll have to be stretched, centered, or tiled to fill the whole desktop.
|Center||The wallpaper is centered on the desktop. If the wallpaper is smaller than the desktop, then there'll be blank space around it|
|Tile||The wallpaper is tiled (repeated) until it fills the entire desktop.|
|Stretch||The wallpaper is stretched to fill the desktop. If the wallpaper has a different aspect ratio than the desktop, then the aspect ratio may become distorted.|
|Nonlinear-1||Performs a nonlinear stretch on the wallpaper. This is intended to help with wallpapers whose aspect ratio does not match the screen. By using a nonlinear effect, objects near the center of the wallpaper will appear with a correct aspect ratio, while objects towards the edges will become distorted.|
|Nonlinear-2||Like nonlinear-1, but with greater effect|
|Nonlinear-3||Like nonlinear-2, but with greater effect|
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