Bing is probably never going to be the legit Google contender it hopes to be, but that doesn’t mean that Microsoft’s search engine doesn’t have some great qualities. Those lovely daily backgrounds on the main search page, for example, look great, and with a little tweaking you can get them to appear as your desktop background.
It used to be the case that you had to download the official Bing Desktop app to get the daily backgrounds. You can still do that, but having to untick all the boxes to make sure you don’t get barraged with Bing-related changes to your PC is more trouble than it’s worth.
Instead, go to the Microsoft Store and get this little app called Dynamic Theme.
Once you’ve installed it, open Dynamic Theme, and you’ll be greeted with an interface that looks almost identical to the Windows Personalize settings screen.
In the pane on the left you’ll see several options that we’ll get to later.
For now, to change your desktop background to the Bing daily image, select “Background” in the pane on the left, then click the Background dropdown menu and select “Bing.” (You can also choose Windows Spotlight here, which is the daily changing image that appears on the Windows 10 lock screen by default.)
Once it’s selected, you should see the Bing Daily Wallpaper in the Preview pane. Click “Update” to set it as your background.
There’s more to it, though. You can go through the back-catalogue of Daily Bing wallpapers to see previous ones, set those as your background instead, or download the images.
To do this, just click “Show history,” then click the left arrow at the bottom of the new window to scroll through past images. To set one as your background, right-click it and click “Set as background” (or you can save it by right-clicking it and hitting “Save”).
From the “Dynamic Theme” main screen, click “Daily Bing image” in the pane on the left to load more options relating to the daily image.
You can, for example, autosave each Daily Bing image to your PC under the “Autosave” heading. Or, if you want to fine-tune which part of the world you want to see in your Daily Bing images, you can change it under the “Source” heading.
To keep your Windows accent colours (the colour of live tiles, highlighted Start menu and so on) in sync with the background, right-click an empty space on the desktop and click Personalize. In the Settings window that opens, click Colours, then tick “Automatically pick an accent colour from my background box.”
And there you have it – a beautiful new image every single day, helping to inspire and relax you as you work. Note that the entire guide above can also be applied to the lock screen (just select “Lock Screen” from the pane on the left), or you can use the Dynamic Theme app to pull images from Daily Windows Spotlight as well.