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Windows 10 21H2 gets Spotlight background feature

Windows 10 21H2 (Sun Valley) may include a new "Spotlight collection" feature to dynamically change the desktop wallpaper using Bing images.

Spotlight collection option

The next version of Windows 10 (21H2) may include a new personalization feature known as “Spotlight collection.” The feature is part of the “Background” settings, and when enabled, it shows different wallpapers on the desktop using images curated by Bing.

Spotlight collection is the same idea as the “Windows spotlight” for the lock screen since it will be able to continuously display new images to give you the feeling of a fresh look every time you sign in to your account.

The new personalization feature is still under development, and you must enable it in the operating system to make it available in the Settings app.

At the time of this writing, you configure Spotlight collection from Settings > Personalization > Background, and when selecting the option, the background will dynamically change with images provided by Bing. However, since the experience is under development, you only get a placeholder image.

Spotlight collection feature
Spotlight collection feature

On the desktop, you will also get an option that opens Bing on the web to learn more information and find more similar images. You won’t be able to remove the button, but it will not be visible when you select the option to hide items on the desktop.

On Windows 10, the Spotlight collection is not entirely new, since it’s been available before (via @thebookisclosed), but it is not until now that the feature is (partially) working.