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|Wallpaper and Screensaver FAQs
If you have any questions about my screensavers or wallpapers, please use the reference
materials I've created below. Please note that for the most part these instructions
involve basic computer operations. Individual support cannot be provided. Many answers
should be found below.
Your home page says you have a new calendar wallpaper, but I only see the old one.
Oftentimes when you visit a web page, your web browser will save ("cache") a copy of the page on your computer so that when you come back to it (like when you hit your 'Back' button or
something similar), it doesn't have to reload the whole page from the server again, thereby saving time. Occasionally a Web browser will
not want to "let go" of this local, saved version of the page, so when you go back to try to visit the page again, the browser will
load the page from your local copy instead of trying to go out to the server to grab the new version of the page. So, in order to force
your browser to go out and grab the newer copy from the server, follow these steps:
Go to the page you want to reload. Then hold down the 'Shift' key on your keyboard while you click on the
'Refresh' or 'Reload' button in your Web browser. Keep holding down the 'Shift' key on your keyboard while the page
reloads. It should reload the new version from the server.
If this does not work, you may want to clear your Web browser's cache, close your browser, and then restart it, and then try going
back to the page in question to get the updated copy.
I have a Windows OS. How do I install a wallpaper from a ".jpg" or ".gif" file?
- Click on the appropriate wallpaper name, thumbnail image, or size listing for your particular screen resolution. Wait for the larger version to load into your Web browser fully.
- Right-click on the large image. From the small pop-up
window, select the item which says "Set As Background" (if using Internet Explorer) or "Set As Wallpaper" (if using Netscape). This will automatically
set that wallpaper as your current desktop wallpaper. If you are using an older version of
Internet Explorer, DO NOT select "Set as Desktop Item..." This will not
set the image as your wallpaper; rather it will set it as part of Microsoft's "Active Desktop" which
will either overlap or show behind your wallpaper.
Please note that the next time you set an image as your wallpaper
using this particular method, it will overwrite the previous wallpaper completely.
When your Web browser converts the image into a wallpaper file, it will save the
image in a name like "Netscape Wallpaper.bmp" or "Internet Explorer Wallpaper.bmp,"
so it just overwrites that file each time.
I have a Mac OS. How do I install a wallpaper from a ".jpg" or ".gif" file?
Consult your Mac's 'Help' files for the proper way to set an image as your desktop wallpaper. Each version of the Mac OS varies slightly
in its procedures to set a wallpaper. Basically, you'll need to save the image (select the appropriate size for your screen resolution) to your hard drive first, and then you'll need to
use your system tools to set it as your wallpaper. If you're not sure how to do that on your particular system, you can always
save the image now and set it as your wallpaper later after you've figured out the right procedure for your OS.
Why is the wallpaper very blurry when I install it?
You may have right-clicked on the small, "thumbnail" view of the wallpaper and tried setting that
as your wallpaper. Instead, left-click (a normal click) on the appropriate linked name or size listing for your
screen resolution, or on the small thumbnail version and then wait for the large, full version of the wallpaper to download. Then right-click once that has fully downloaded and set that version as your wallpaper.
How do I uninstall a wallpaper originally in a .jpg/.gif file?
If you right-clicked on a large wallpaper image and set it as your wallpaper, your Web
browser will have saved it to its default filename. In other words, if you were using
Netscape at the time, it saved the wallpaper automatically as 'Netscape (version) Wallpaper,'
and if you were using Internet Explorer at the time, it automatically saved the wallpaper
as "Internet Explorer Wallpaper" as seen in your list of available wallpapers.
You do not need to delete this file, as the next time you view a wallpaper and right-click on
it from within your Web browser and then set it as your wallpaper, it will overwrite the previous wallpaper. So, just find
a new wallpaper file and set it as your wallpaper.
If you want to select a different wallpaper which is already installed on your
- Right-click somewhere on your desktop screen (not on an
icon, just somewhere blank).
- From the pop-up window that comes up, select the 'Properties'
- From the screen that comes up, if it's not already on top,
select the 'Background' tab (older versions) or the 'Desktop' tab (newer versions).
- From the pulldown list, select another wallpaper.
- Click on 'OK' to save your choice.
How do I install your screensavers?
Please note that Kate.net screensavers are for PCs (Windows) only. Why?
I do not have access to a Mac or to Mac software, I'm afraid.
- Download the screensaver file to your desktop, making sure to remember the name of the file.
- Find the file icon on your desktop and double-click on the '.exe'
file name. The name will be different depending upon which
screen saver you downloaded. It will then self-extract and set
itself up automatically on your computer to be your default
screensaver. Just follow the prompts.
How do I uninstall your screensavers?
You do not have to uninstall a screensaver in order to install a new one. You can keep several screensavers
installed and can switch between them; however, if you'd like to uninstall the file, follow the
- Right-click on a blank area of your desktop. From the pop-up menu that comes up, select 'Properties.'
- From the tabs at the top of the 'Properties' window that comes up, select 'Screen Saver.'
- From the pulldown list, select a different screensaver from the current one, and not a screensaver you will be deleting.
- Click the 'OK' button.
- Click on your 'Start' button.
- From the menu that comes up, select either 'Search' or 'Find' (depending on which version of Windows you're using). Select 'For files or folders,' or wording very similar, to search for files on your computer.
- Where it says something like "Search for files or folders named," type in:
On the list where it asks you where to look for the files, select 'Local Harddrives.'
Then click on 'Search Now.'
(This searches on all files starting with the letters 'kate'.)
Any file starting with "kate" should come up. All my files are named beginning with 'kate...', so if you want to delete any and all screensaver
files you've downloaded from my site, then select all of the files that are found in the search
and delete them all. Of course, if you have any files named "Kate" from anyone else, don't delete
If you only want to delete one screensaver, look for a filename in the format: "katefilename.scr" with the ".scr" extension.
It should be pretty easy to tell which one you want, per my naming scheme.
- Then, just close the search window.