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Configuring the Google Images Wallpaper Source

  1. Navigate to https://console.developers.google.com/projectselector/home/dashboard in your web browser.
  2. After logging in with your Google Account, click the "Create Project" link on the top-right of the page, and you'll be taken to the "Create Project" page. Give the project a name, then click the Create button.
    Create Project Link
    Create Project Link
  3. Click the "Google Cloud Platform" link on the top-left of the page to go to your dashboard, then click on the newly created project.
  4. In the left pane, navigate to APIs & Services > Library.
    API Library Link
    API Library Link
  5. Use the search box to search for "Custom Search API" and then select it.
  6. Click the "Enable" button.
  7. Click the "Create Credentials" button on the top-right of the page.
  8. Click the "API key" link.
    Create API Key Link
    Create API Key Link
  9. Give the key a name and then click the "Create" button.
  10. Click the copy button next to the API key in the table.
    API Key Copy Button
    API Key Copy Button
  11. Open the Google Image Search wallpaper settings in DisplayFusion and paste the API key into the "API Key" text box

You should now be able to use the Google Image Search wallpaper plugin. If you run into any trouble with the steps in this guide, please feel free to contact us.

May 13, 2015 (modified Jun 8, 2020)  • #1
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Bryan Evans
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Good info, although the Google API site screenshots are out of date now. (They're still pretty accurate though.)

Also, it would be helpful to mention that the new API key takes a few minutes to activate once it's been created.
Mar 14, 2019  • #2
Keith Lammers (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
Thanks Bryan! I'l put those on my list to update for this guide
Mar 14, 2019  • #3
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Tim Pettus
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Is there a way to remove the watermark from the image? Attached is the desktop image I am seeing. Note the watermark in the top right corner showing the number of images found.
• Attachment [protected]: Google Image Search Image - Pikes Peak Mountain Garden of the Gods Park Col (99962aeed2596ab7d5392982eb1d8819f3165731).jpg [1,261,857 bytes]
Jul 9, 2019  • #4
Jon Tackabury (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
It looks like this watermark is embedded into your image, there isn't any way for DisplayFusion to remove it, sorry.
Jul 9, 2019  • #5
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MRGcav
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Good info but your article really needs an update. New Options available on Google.
Excellent program guys
May 19, 2020  • #6
Keith Lammers (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
@MRGcav: Thanks for the feedback and the kind words! We've updated the guide for the newest version of the Google Cloud Platform console.
Jun 8, 2020  • #7
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MRGcav
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I went through the Google console proceedure following the old instructions and probally missed something. Could not get it to work. IT is rediciously complicated. I will try again with the new instructions. For now I am using/selected Picbay for my image source but I see the same Desktop images repeated frequently.
Again its a great program. A little heavy on memory usage but great.
Jun 9, 2020  • #8
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