Having used ubuntu for over 3 years, I switched to lubuntu today. I downloaded a photo from gmail inbox and it saved in the downloads folder. When I set it as wallpaper it appears upside down. I have tried it with a couple of other photos but no change. The standard lubuntu ones are fine. Has anyone got any ideas as there seems to be no option to change it? Many thanks, Ian.

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    what happens, if the image you'll set up as your wallpaper is added by you upside down? maybe a temporarily fix for the moment, if it works?! Also you could replace on of the original wallpapers with your own, leaving the original filename name, resolution and file ending intact, to see if that work, until there is a better solution (if it works at all) – v2r Feb 15 '14 at 22:32

My thought after hearing this is that the pictures that you are trying to set as desktop wallpaper contain some EXIF data that define their orientation.

While the photo ought to have been taken upside down, the EXIF data (that the camera included in the photo) inform your system that the picture was taken this way, and thus it displays the picture as it should be. This should be true for the file manager and for the picture viewer, in your case, but not for the application drawing your desktop.

My suggestion would be to open the picture in a program like Gimp, that will open it as is, and rotate it normally, then overwrite the original (or save it as a new image) and set it again as desktop background.

  • Thanks for the helpful answer. I had already found an option to turn off exif in the image viewer preferences, but the pictures i downloaded were before that. I just downloaded another with exif off and it's fine. It's nice to see my 2 boys the right way up! Thanks. – scorpian81 Feb 16 '14 at 11:02
  • Thanks, if this answer actually solved your problem, please mark it as accepted. – hytromo Feb 16 '14 at 19:59

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