How to Change the Desktop Background Picture in Mac OS X
Making your Mac desktop background look attractive goes beyond just eye candy, it can help to improve your focus or give some inspiration. Whether you’re a minimalist and just like simple solid color or gradients wallpapers, or you want a great looking sunset, or maybe just a family picture as the background, it’s all a piece of cake. We’re going to focus on the three primary methods of changing the desktops background wallpaper of OS X.
Setting OS X Desktop Wallpaper from Safari
If you happen across an image on the web and you are using the Safari browser, you can just:
- R-ght-click on that picture to “Use as Desktop Picture”
This is the easiest way to set a wallpaper using pictures found on the web. Safari has this ability built in, while other browsers will need to save the image locally and then set the wallpaper manually using one of the other tricks below. This is also what you’d want to do for using images that are already stored on your Mac desktop or within the Finder.
Change a Mac’s Desktop Background Picture with an Image File
* Right-click on the image you want to use as the Mac’s background picture
* Scroll down to the bottom of the contextual menu to ‘Set Desktop Picture’
This is my preferred method if you have an image file in the Finder that you want to use as the wallpaper image.
You can also use the System Preferences to change the Mac background
* Go to the Apple menu and select ‘System Preferences’
* Click on the “Desktop & Screen Saver” icon
* Click the “Desktop” tab
* You can now drag & drop a picture into the little preview window and it will set automatically to that image
OS X has plenty of great looking wallpapers to choose from, this method allows you to browse through them and pick one you want.