How to Change Desktop Wallpaper on a Mac?

How to Change Wallpaper on Mac OS X?

Mac OS is indeed an operating system worthy of praise, which has a lot of useful features. But since the majority of us are used to another operating system, getting used to a Mac might require some time. Read further to learn about how to personalize your desktop’s background.

First, why would you want to do that? Because, adding a bit of your personality to the computer you are working on will do wonders for your peace of mind. And when you are feeling comfortable with it, productivity levels increase, regardless of whether you are playing or working on the computer.

If you are a rookie in this type of thing, know you should first make a stash of images you would want to decorate your monitor with. Pick something that is representative for your personality, or that will make you smile when stress levels are way up. If you feel attached to your workplace, you can even use the company logo or other significant pictures related to it as wallpapers.

Of course, if you don’t feel like searching for specific images, or if a specific background actually does more harm than good, you can choose from Mac’s default pictures. The three options can all be found in the same place, which is the “Desktop & Screen Saver” panel. This panel can be found in the “System Preferences” tab. Alternatively, you can right click on an empty part of the desktop, and choose “Change Desktop Background” when the pop-up menu comes to life.

When the “Desktop & Screen Saver” panel appears, you will notice, on the left side, the default options the OS come with. A decent range of pictures can be chosen, from nature ones to abstract images. The latter category is good for those with a deep personality who seek a meaning in a seemingly meaningless amalgam of shapes and lines.

If something strikes your fancy, click on it and that image will be displayed in the well (that is how the zone in which the picture is displayed is called). Next to it, a drop-down list of options will appear, so you can choose to stretch, center, tile or fill the monitor’s screen. This, however, only happens when dealing with an imported image. The default pictures are already scaled to your screen’s size.

“Solid Color” sets a single color as the background; from the “Choose Folder”, you can set the path to where you keep your own pictures. Selecting one for the background works just like previously described.

Now, if you would like for the wallpaper to be switched on a regular basis without your intervention tick the “Change Picture” box. After that, set the time interval at which you want the pictures to be changed. Also, if you let the “Random Order” box ticked, the order in which the images are placed in a folder will not be considered. Deselect the option if you want the wallpapers to follow your set order of appearance.

That is how you change the wallpaper on a Mac. Nothing too complicated, right?

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