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using javascript to save a background image as desktop wallpaper

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Hi

I have a website and want to allow users to click on the main background image and be able to set this as their desktop wallpaper.

Is this possible with javascript?

thanks
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botweb earned 668 total points
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No, this is not possible through JS. Otherwise JS would have to much access on the PC Enviroment wich could be used by attackers.

You could use a Java applet for this job, but today it's not a good idea to make use of Applets on Websites were it's not quiet necessary.
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ok thanks .

If it was a hardcoded image rather than a backgound image would this make any difference?

Thanks
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No, the thing is, that it's not possible to modify the OS configuration / registry of the users enviroment.
So it doesn't matter wich kind of object you are serving, if you can't manipulate the desktop wallpaper settings.
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Me too, I don't think there's a cross browser way to do that. The user need to do it manually or using a plugin :
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/backgroundimage-saver/
http://www.webdevelopersnotes.com/how-do-i/save-web-page-background-image.php
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by:Michel Plungjan
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Or in FF: Right click on page, view background image, set as desktop image
Works just fine
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by:coolispaul
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hi,

ok thanks. Do you think it is possible to just save the image with javascript then? Rather than saving and setting as wallpaper?

Cheers
Paul
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by:Michel Plungjan
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Nope. Not a chance - not unassisted JS
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