Found an eye-catching spotlight image that you want to save for later? Learn where to find the Windows Spotlight secret folder.
Windows 10 gives you many options for customizing the lock screen. These customization options include Windows Spotlight.
If you've turned on Windows Spotlight, your PC's lock screen will alternate between random wallpapers throughout the day. While almost all of the spotlight images are beautiful to look at, some are truly breathtaking. Because of this, people are always on the lookout for spotlight images to use as desktop backgrounds.
If you find yourself in the same boat, you've come to the right place.
Let's see how you can save Windows Spotlight images before they disappear forever.
Where can I find Windows Spotlight images?
To start with some bad news, Windows Spotlight images are stored in a hidden folder. So you won't be able to find them in File Explorer no matter how hard you try. Hence, you need to enable hidden files and folders in File Explorer first.
In File Explorer, select view in the upper left corner. Then click Options and choose Change folder and search settings.
By doing Folder options Box, hit view and activate Show hidden files, folders and drives. Then click on Apply.
After enabling hidden folders, navigate to This PC> Local Disk (C :)> Users> (YOUR USERNAME)> AppData> Local> Packages> Microsoft.Windows.ContentDeliveryManager_cw5n1h2txyewy> LocalState> Assets.
Unfortunately, things get a little unclear here as Windows doesn't save Spotlight images in a recognizable image format. So you won't find any JPGs or PNGs in the folder.
To work around this problem, look for files with sizes in MB. High resolution images usually result in large files. Because of this, you need to look for files that are larger than the others. After you find it, press CTRL + A to select the files Ctrl + C to copy it then scroll to a folder of your choice and press Ctrl + V insert.
Then rename each file by editing the .jpeg File extension at the end of the file name to give you a valid image format. Open all of these pictures one by one and choose which ones to keep and which ones to delete.
Windows Spotlight images change frequently
When you see a spotlight picture that you want to keep, be quick because you never know when that picture will go away.
Finally, when you find the image you were looking for, hide the files and folders again by repeating the steps above.
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Fawad is a full-time freelance writer. He loves technology and food. When he's not eating or writing about Windows, he's either playing video games or writing for his quirky blog, Techsava.
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