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Facebook introduced stories in an attempt to replicate the popularity of the same feature that Snapchat has. Facebook’s user base is hardly the same as that of Snapchat so it’s no wonder that Facebook Stories aren’t as popular as they are on Snapchat. If you often post to your Facebook story, assuming the photo or video disappears after 24 hours, you might be surprised to learn that a copy of it is saved to your account. No one sees it however, it does exist. It’s not automatically deleted after the promised 24-hours. This all happens under the guise of a feature called Story Archive. If you don’t want to keep your Facebook stories forever, you should disable Facebook Story Archive.
Facebook Story Archive
Open the Facebook app and you will see stories at the top. You can cycle through the available stories but if you look at the top right of the story slider, you will see an option called ‘Your Archive’. Click it. If you’ve posted to your story recently, the Your Story Archive screen will show you your recent posts.
Tap the gear icon at the top right of this screen.
This will take you to the Story Archive Settings screen which is just one setting; the Save to Archive option. Turn it off and Facebook will no longer save a copy of your story to your account.
Facebook makes it a whole lot easier to enable this option than to disable it. Once you disable it, the screen gives you a button to enable it from the Your Story Archive screen.
If you remember, a few years ago it was discovered that even after you delete photos from Facebook, Facebook still kept a copy of them. People weren’t happy and Facebook was quick to abandon the practice. This obviously isn’t the same thing. You have the option to turn the feature off but it’s still unnecessary, and enabled by default.
The archive is only visible to you. Your friends and followers can’t see. In fact, if you wanted to make it available to them, you couldn’t. The story itself isn’t saved unless the 24-hours have expired. You can use an image or a video again or review it which is the utility of the feature. The saved stories don’t take up any space on your device. The copy is saved online so if you like the feature, you don’t have to worry about it taking up excessive space on your phone.
Unsplash has a gorgeous, ever-expanding collection of photographs. Every time you visit the website, you probably see the little bar that tells you there’s an app that can pull images from it and set it as your wallpaper if you’re using macOS. There isn’t an official app for Windows 10 to match it but there are plenty of third-party ones. Splash is a free, ad-supported app available in the Microsoft Store that can automatically set wallpapers from Unsplash. It can cycle through them during the day, or change them daily, or weekly.
Splash gives you the option to also change your lock screen image, and if you like a particular image, you can save it to your disk with one click.
Set Wallpapers From Unsplash
Download Splash from the Microsoft Store, and run it. It will fetch a new image from Unsplash and set it as your wallpaper. If you don’t like the image, click on it and the app will fetch a new one. If you like an image enough to want to keep it for more than a few hours i.e. save it permanently to disk, click the save button.
If you plan to use the app long-term, it’s a good idea to visit its settings. Click the cog wheel icon at the bottom to open Splash’s settings.
Here, you can allow the app to change both your desktop background and your lock screen, or either one of them. You can also change where the app saves the images you like. More importantly, you can set the change interval i.e., how often a fresh image is set as your background and lock screen image.
If you don’t like the selection of images the app is getting, go to the filter screen by clicking the funnel icon. The filter screen allows you to set the resolution for your screen but it also lets you enter tags for the images you prefer to be set as your wallpaper. Splash uses these tags to find more relevant images.
Don’t ignore the resolution setting either. Unsplash doesn’t have images meant to match the resolution of monitors however Splash does an excellent job at resizing images to fit your screen. If you were to manually resize them, you would probably have to clip it to a great extent.
Splash plays very well with the accent color on Windows 10. If you’ve enabled automatic accent colors, then they will update each time you have a new wallpaper.
Themes used to work differently on Windows 7. On Windows 10, they’re basically just a wallpaper, or a set of wallpapers, an accent color, a sound profile, and a cursor. One thing that is still common is that a Windows theme is packaged as a file with a .themepack or .desktopthemepack extension. If you have a Windows theme file that you don’t like, but there are a few wallpapers in it that look good, you can easily extract wallpapers from a theme file.
This works for theme file packs with both the .themepack and .desktopthemepack files.
Extract Wallpapers From A Theme
To extract wallpapers from a theme file, you need to change the file extension to zip. When you change the format of the file, you get an on-screen prompt telling you the file may not work. Accept the prompt to change the extension. This will not damage the file, or your system in any way.
Once you’ve changed the file extension to zip, you can extract it like any other zipped file. Extract it and open the folder that you extracted it to. It may have one, or more folders but if the theme includes wallpapers, there will be a DesktopBackground folder inside it. Open it and all the wallpapers featured in the theme pack will be there. You can copy them anywhere you like.
Once you’ve got the wallpapers you wanted, you can change the file extension back to whatever it originally was and use the theme pack the same way you did before.
The only thing you need to be careful about is that if the file extension was originally desktopthemepack, then that’s what you need to change it to. Changing it to themepack when that wasn’t the original extension may prevent the theme from working. If you’re on Windows 7, both .desktopthemepack and .themepack might work but with Windows 10, it’s best to use .themepack.
If you’re interested in creating and sharing your own theme on Windows 10, it’s pretty easy. The Settings app has a dedicated Themes section under the Personalization group of settings that lets you export the current theme as a .themepack file. The .themepack file can be exported to any system, and of course you can double-click it to apply it to your desktop. If you’re using a Microsoft account with your desktop, and you’ve enabled setting sync, then applying a theme on one system ought to sync it to other desktops where you’re using the same Microsoft account to sign in.
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