Up until a couple months ago, if I changed my wallpaper/background image, I could choose between tile, zoom, centre, scale, fill or span. These options no longer appear in GUI for changing the background image.
I am using Ubuntu 17.10.


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These options are removed from the default GUI wallpaper settings (accessible from the Settings application) in the recent versions of GNOME 3 for some reason.

As an alternative, you may use another GUI application called (GNOME) Tweaks to get those extra options. To install it first run

sudo apt install gnome-tweaks

Then launch Tweaks and go to the 'Appearance' section on Ubuntu 18.04 and later (or the 'Desktop' section on Ubuntu 17.10). You'll get options to adjust the background and lock screen images.

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    thx, works also in Debian Stretchy Apr 27, 2019 at 11:33
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    For those like me who are looking for the "tile" option, it's called "Wallpaper."
    – Wildcard
    May 29, 2019 at 2:36
  • this option is now available under appearance instead of desktop Dec 2, 2019 at 5:50
  • Yes, on Ubuntu 18.04 and later, as mentioned in the Q&A linked at the end of the answer.
    – pomsky
    Dec 2, 2019 at 6:01
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    Thank you!! it worked
    – coderina
    Jul 9, 2021 at 8:14

On Ubuntu 18.04 and later, the settings can be found under Tweak's 'Appearance' tab (instead of 'Desktop').



You can use a terminal tool called gsettings.

  • gsettings list-schemas -- among others you will get,

    org.gnome.desktop.background : Option 1

    org.gnome.desktop.screensaver ( for lockscreen, just in case ) : Option 2

  • gsettings list-recursively org.gnome.desktop.background, must try!

    You will what different options are supported by the schemas with there default values, you'll get something like this,

    org.gnome.desktop.background picture-options 'zoom'

    now if you want to know what are the other values supported by the options, other than default, do, for example.,

  • gsettings range org.gnome.desktop.background picture-options

    And voilà:

    • 'none' (blank screen/ color black),
    • 'wallpaper',
    • 'centered',
    • 'scaled',
    • 'stretched',
    • 'zoom',
    • 'spanned'.
  • And how to change to 'centered', for example, using this command line? For future readers it is important
    – sugab
    Dec 14, 2020 at 5:44
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    use gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.background picture-options[KEY] 'centered'[VALUE], that single quotes around centered is compulsory not KEY and VALUE and try using man gsettings. Dec 15, 2020 at 14:09
  • concrete command example "gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.background picture-options centered" Nov 12 at 22:04

The work-around provided by @pomsky no longer works for Ubuntu 22.04. The wallpaper files using the Tweaks application have no effect any more and are overwritten by the default Background settings.

You now have to use a combination of the two. First set the desired background file though the default Background settings. Next open the Tweaks application to set the adjustments like spanned, etc


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