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Windows 11: How to Save Spotlight Images

Have you ever wondered where the wallpaper graphics on your Windows computer originate from? These photos are curated by Windows Spotlight. The computer downloads fresh photos on a regular basis and utilises them as the lock screen backdrop using Windows Spotlight. The Spotlight function also includes suggestions for increasing productivity.

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Spotlight downloads photographs on a regular basis, but they aren’t in a format that allows them to be used for other reasons. That indicates they aren’t standard.JPG or.PNG files. As a result, you’ll have to put in some effort to preserve them and utilise them elsewhere.

How to Save Spot­light Images on Win­dows 11

As a result, if you want to utilise Spotlight Images or save them for personal use, follow these steps.

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LOCATING PREVIOUS SPOTLIGHT IMAGES IN A FILE FOLDER ON WINDOWS

By default, Windows saves Spotlight images in a folder called AppData. However, this folder is hidden. Here’s how to locate it:

Step 1: Launch File Explorer.

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Step 2: Select the View tab.

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Step 3: Within the Show/Hide group, tick the check box beside Hidden items to ensure all the hidden folders and files become visible.

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Step 4: Navigate to the Assets folder by copying and pasting the following path in the File Explorer’s address bar:

%userprofile%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.Windows.ContentDeliveryManager_cw5n1h2txyewy\LocalState\Assets
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Once you access the Assets folder, you see several files which represent the Spotlight Images. However, these files do not have extensions, making them unusable unless extensions are added.

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CHANGING THE FILE EXTENSION TO A USABLE IMAGE FILE TYPE

To change the extension of the Spotlight images and make them usable, here’s what you should do:

Step 1: Create a new folder on a preferred location on your PC.

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Step 2: Select all the files within the Assets Folder containing the Spotlight images by pressing Ctrl + A on your keyboard.

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Step 3: Copy the files by pressing Ctrl + C on your keyboard or right-clicking on your selection and selecting Copy.

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NOTE: You may receive a warning notice from Windows while attempting to copy the files, suggesting that some of the files may harm your computer. You’re moving them from one of the system directories, and they don’t have any extensions associated to them. As a result, Windows is unable to identify the “file types.”

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Step 4: Press Ctrl + V on your keyboard to paste the files into the new folder. You may also right-click within the folder and choose Paste from the drop-down menu.

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Step 5: Select File at the top of the File Explorer window.

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Step 6: Click on Open Windows PowerShell and select Open Windows PowerShell as administrator.

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Step 7: On the new folder containing the transferred Spotlight Images, place your cursor at the top of the bar, right-click and copy the Path address.

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Step 8: On Windows PowerShell, type cmd, leave a space, and paste the copied path.

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Step 9: Enter the command below and press Enter on your keyboard and this should change the file extension to jpg.

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ren * *.jpg
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Step 10: Exit Command Prompt then press F5 on your keyboard to refresh the folder.

The images should now be in jpgs and ready for use.

AUTOMATICALLY DOWNLOADING SPOTLIGHT IMAGES

While following the procedures above can assist you in identifying prior Spotlight Images and turning them into useful files, doing it on a regular basis might be tedious. Although Windows 11 does not have an automated download option, you can get around this by downloading third-party programmes from the Microsoft Store. The steps are as follows:

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Step 1: Launch the Microsoft Store.

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Step 2: Search for Dynamic Theme and select Get.

Get Dynamic Theme

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Step 3: Launch the Dynamic Theme app from the Start menu.

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Step 4: On the left side of the app window click on Daily Windows Spotlight picture.

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Step 5: Scroll through the list of options and enable the toggle to Autosave.

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Step 6: Choose the folder where you want to save your images.

After taking these steps, you should have the Spotlight images downloaded to your PC daily.

CHANGING THE THEME IN WINDOWS 11

You might want to change the theme of your Windows 11 PC now that you know how to preserve those lovely backgrounds that appear on your Windows lock screen.

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