Python control of desktop properties

Simon Brunning simon.brunning at
Wed Oct 13 10:57:27 CEST 2004

On Tue, 12 Oct 2004 20:28:45 -0500, Mediocre Person
<mediocre_person at> wrote:
> One of my students is interested in using Python to control his
> (Windows) desktop, and wants to write a program to change the desktop
> background or wallpaper. I told him I'd look into this, but I've had to
> admit defeat.

I've been having a play in that area on and off. This isn't well
documented, but might get you started...

> Can someone point me in the right direction, possibly post the simplest
> Python program that can accomplish this. I understand this won't be
> portable. At school, we use Win98SE; the student in question is using
> XPHome at home, and I typically use Gentoo Linux/KDE 3.3. If there were
> a single solution that would address all three environments, I'd be...
> well, shocked.

Me too. ;-)

Simon B,
simon.brunning at,

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