Posted by Anuraj on Thursday, May 8, 2014 Reading time :1 minute
This post is about setting Bing wallpaper as your desktop wallpaper using C# and Windows Forms. Bing.com is famous for having some nice pictures as wallpaper, updated on daily basis. The Bing Desktop application comes with same feature. Here is the code snippet, which has two parts one, download the wallpaper image from bing.com and set it as wallpaper using WIN32 APIs.
The URL for getting wallpaper is used by bing WP7 application. http://appserver.m.bing.net/BackgroundImageService/TodayImageService.svc/GetTodayImage?dateOffset=0&urlEncodeHeaders=true&osName=wince&osVersion=7.10&orientation=480x800&deviceName=WP7Device&mkt=en-US&AppId=1
In the URL, you can change the orientation to 1024Ã—768, landscape mode in Windows Phone to get the wallpaper. And the mkt parameter specifies the region, I am keep it as en-US. The following snippet will download the wallpaper and save it in the Temp folder as wallpaper.bmp. The SetWallpaper function will set the wallpaper.bmp as desktop wallpaper using Win32 API.
Here is the SetWallpaper method
You require following WIN32 API declarations as well.
In the SetWallpaper function, I am setting the wallpaper picture position as Stretched. You can change this by changing the WallpaperStyle and TileWallpaper values.
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Happy Programming :)
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