Windows 7 – How to change the desktop background to a solid colour

Can’t find a background picture you like or just want a plain colour as the background?

This process details how to set the background to a single solid colour.

  1. Right click on a blank area of the desktop
  2. Select ‘Personalise’
  3. Click on the ‘Desktop Background’ icon at the bottom of the window
  4. Under ‘Picture Location’ select ‘Solid Colours’
  5. Select the colour of your choosing
  6. Then select ‘Save changes’


You may want to use the ‘More’ option to choose a more specific colour/shade.