When setting a wallpaper in Ubuntu 17.04 I could choose from tile, zoom, center, scale, fill or span options.

Where can I found option for 'center' wallpaper behaviour in Ubuntu 17.10?

Background: I use two monitors with different resolutions. So I was more than happy to use small image as a wallpaper with white colour filling the rest of the screen.

This was done through All Settings -> Appearance -> Look tab in Unity, where I could select option "center" and white colour to fill the rest.

After updating to Ubuntu 17.10 I was not able to select my custom wallpaper from Background -> Wallpaper menu, so I went to the directory with the image and tried to "Set as Wallpaper" option in the menu, but it zoomed image to every screen resolution (it looks awful).

So I wonder - How can I set wallpaper to be centred without zoom and to use plain white colour for all the space left?


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You may try using (GNOME) Tweaks. You may install it by running

sudo apt install gnome-tweak-tool

Launch Tweaks and go to Desktop section and select "Centered" in Adjustment under Background:

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To fill the rest of your background with while colour, run

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.background primary-color '#FFFFFF'

(Or follow the advanced option of my answer here: Change background color to pitch black , for white you'll have to use #FFFFFF instead of #000000).

  • Cool, thanks. I was able to centered image as suggested! How can I change background colour to be white?
    – SBond
    Oct 23, 2017 at 14:07
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    Thank you. I've installed dconf-editor and set primary-color to #FFFFFF for /org/gnome/desktop/background/. It did the trick!
    – SBond
    Oct 23, 2017 at 14:14
  • @StanislavBondarenko Also added a command-line way to change the background colour easily so that one doesn't have to use dconf Editor.
    – pomsky
    Oct 23, 2017 at 14:45

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