Previously, Spotlight images were available exclusively for the lock screen, but it is now available for the Windows 11 desktop. That means you can also set Spotlight collection images as a desktop background.
Windows 11 now lets you set curated Bing search engine background images as Windows 11 desktop backgrounds and even lock screen backgrounds. Once you set Spotlight collection as desktop background, Windows 11 automatically downloads and applies new backgrounds each day.
If you need, you can enable the Spotlight collection feature by navigating to Settings > Personalization > Background/Lock screen and selecting Spotlight collection.
The beauty of the Spotlight collection is that it always brings new beautiful images to your Windows 11 desktop and lock screen each day. So, you will never get bored by seeing the photos on your PC.
Once you see a beautiful picture as your desktop background and want to save it, by default, Windows 11 does not allow you to save Spotlight collection. That means you can always set Spotlight collection as Windows 11 desktop background and Lock Screen, but no built-in ways to keep those images for future use or to share with your family or friend.
Even if you right-click on the Spotlight desktop or lock screen background, Windows 11 does not offer to save those images on your PC.
This Spreeowl guide focuses on saving Spotlight collection desktop and lock screen pictures in Windows 11. Here is how to do it.
What is the Location of Spotlight collection desktop and lock screen pictures in Windows 11?
Before going in deep, you should know the location of spotlight images. By default, Windows 11 save these spotlight images in the following location on your computer:-
Open the Run command box by pressing Windows + R keys on the keyboard to access this location. Then copy and paste the above path in the Run box and hit Enter key on the keyboard.
But, as you can see in the above image, there is no actual image saved on your PC that you can use in the future. Also, you should note that Windows 11 automatically deletes old spotlight collection pictures, so you may not be able to save old images.
How to save Spotlight desktop and lock screen pictures in Windows 11?
To save the spotlight desktop and lock screen pictures in Windows 11, do the following:-
Step 1. First, open the Run command box using Windows + R hotkey.
Step 2. In the Run box, copy and paste the following path, then hit the Enter key on the keyboard to open the folder that contains all Spotlight collection images.
Step 3. Then, copy all the contents of the folder into a new folder.
Step 4. Now, open that folder and rename the files one by one. You need to add .JPG or .PNG at the end of the current file name and then hit the Enter key to save it.
That’s it. Now, you can open those images using any image viewer software.