I don't like to use the pre-made folders. I want to organize the things the way I want and with the names I want. Moreover I don't want to have to move a picture every time I want to try and see how it looks as a background wallpaper. So, how can I quickly select an image in any folder as a desktop background.
There are many ways to do so:
a) In Appearence Settings choose an image via the "+" button:
b) Open an image you like by doubleclick, rightclick and choose "Set as Desktop Background":
c) Shotwell (photo manager) features this, too: Select an image and choose
d) With the extension nautilus-wallpaper you was able to set an image as background out of the file manager. But this doesn't work since Ubuntu 11.10.
As a workaround you can install nautilus-actions. Start it and add a new entry via
In the "Command" tab do following settings:
Label: Set as Wallpaper
Safe your edits by
Close Nautilus Actions and restart Nautilus (file manager) by pressing Alt+F2 and running
From now on you can set your preferred images as desktop background directly out of the file manager via rightclick:
Excellent answers given, and also another simpler way that doesn't need the installation of any extra program or opening heavy programs, is the use of nautilus-scripts. Specifically, open Gedit, and paste these:
Next, save the file as 'Set as Background' under ~/.gnome2/nautilus-scripts. To access the directory ~/.gnome2/nautilus-scripts you will need to go to your home directory through the save dialog of Gedit and press Ctrl+H so as to show the 'hidden' directories (the ones starting with a dot ".") and select the .gnome2 folder and next the nautilus-scripts folder.
Next, you have to make the saved file executable. You will need to open your home folder, press Ctrl+H so as to show the 'hidden' folders, navigate to .gnome2 and next to nautilus-scripts, right click on the saved file 'Set as Background', click on Properties, click on 'Allow executing file as program' and close the dialog.
Now, right-clicking on every file will result on this:
Click the + sign at the bottom left of the 4x4 wallpaper icon grid.
You can also place links in the main pictures folder, that take you elsewhere (drag a folder with middle button, instead of left, to create a link)
You can also open picture in Image Viewer and then on the top of the screen select Image>Set As Desktop Background.