Daily Archives: May 10, 2017

How To Automatically Save Windows Spotlight Images In Windows 10

The Windows Spotlight image refreshes frequently. You get a new Windows Spotlight image for your lock screen almost every day. The images are great and you can fine-tune what you get by providing feedback. It takes a little while for it to lock down your preferences but once it does, you get great images. You can set the Windows Spotlight image as wallpaper. They’re high resolution images that will always fit your screen perfectly. The only problem is that no one really changes their desktop wallpaper that often. If you don’t want to lose an Windows Spotlight image, but aren’t ready to set it as your wallpaper you can just save them to your disk. Dynamic Theme is a free Windows app, available in the Windows Store that will automatically save Windows Spotlight images for you.

Download Dynamic Theme. This app does a lot of things including customizing your desktop wallpaper if you allow it to. Windows 10 just handles it better so that’s not the app’s strong suite. Dynamic Theme can automatically save the Windows spotlight images and the daily Bing images to your drive.

Open the app and go to the Daily Windows Spotlight Image tab. You can ignore all the options in this tab and scroll down to the ‘Autosave’ option. Enable it, and select where you want the app to save Windows Spotlight images to. If you want to save the daily Bing images as well, go to the ‘Daily Bing Image’ tab and enable the ‘Autosave’ option there.

Dynamic Theme is a little slow to start but when you come back to it after a few days, it will have saved all the images that appeared on your lock screen.

For Dynamic Theme to work, you must enable Windows Spotlight image for the lock screen. Open the Settings app and go to the Personalization group of settings. Go to the Lock Screen tab and open the dropdown under ‘Background’ and select ‘Windows spotlight’ from the options.

Dynamic Theme works pretty well. It won’t save Windows Spotlight images that you don’t like. If you give feedback on your lock screen that you don’t like an image, it seems Dynamic Theme won’t save it. Dynamic Theme pulls the daily Bing image automatically.

The images can pile up over time so be sure to check the folder regularly and purge the images you don’t need. You can set these images as your desktop background by selecting the folder they are saved to as a wallpaper source in Windows 10. To do so, open the Settings app and go to the Personalization group of settings. In the ‘Background’ tab, select the dropdown under ‘Background’. Choose ‘Slideshow’ from the options and add the folder the Spotlight images are saved to as the source.

Download Dynamic Theme From The Windows Store

How To Share Photos On Instagram From Your Desktop

Instagram is a mobile only social network. It’s always been like that. It started out exclusive to iOS users but has since expanded to other platforms. It has a web interface that you can access from your desktop but it is extremely limited. You can’t do much from the desktop, and you certainly can’t upload photos from it. Of the countless Instagram desktop apps that are available for both Windows and Mac, none let you share photos on Instagram from your desktop. The good news is that Instagram is built for mobiles and not just smartphones. It has an okay-ish mobile app which just got a brand new feature; uploading photos. You can use the mobile website to share photos on Instagram from your desktop.

Change User Agent

In order to upload and share photos on Instagram from your desktop, you need to access the mobile website. You can access it if the website thinks you’re visiting from a mobile browser. To trick the website, you have to make your desktop browser appear to be a mobile browser i.e., you need to change the user agent.

It’s simplest to accomplish this with Firefox. Open Firefox and install the User Agent Switcher add-on. This add-on is the easiest way to spoof what browser and OS you’re using. Install it and drag its icon out on to the toolbar. Click the icon and select ‘iPhone 3.0’ from the list of default user agents.

Share Photos On Instagram

Visit Instagram and log in with your Facebook account. Instagram thinks you’re coming from an iPhone so it will take you to its mobile website. You will see a camera button at the top. Click it and select a photo from your desktop to upload.

Instagram’s mobile website isn’t big on features. You can only crop or rotate a photo. You cannot apply any of the in-app filters you get in the official apps.

This little trick is great if you don’t want to use Instagram’s filters. If you process and treat your images on your desktop with an app like Photoshop, this is the easiest way to share photos on Instagram from your desktop. If you want to use the filters, you’re going to have to move the photo to your smartphone and then apply filters in the app.

This is mostly for digital artists and photographers who share their work on Instagram without any filters etc. We’re going to go out on a limb here and say you will soon see apps crop up that let you do all this. The apps will do everything from spoofing your user agent to adding their own filters. This is going to get easier to do with time. The only barrier that might slow it down is if Instagram blocks apps. In that case, this is how you can still get to the mobile website.

Download Change User Agent Add-on For Firefox