Set Mac OS X Desktop Background Wallpaper from any Image in Safari

Jun 16, 2011 - 12 Comments

set Mac  OS X desktop background wallpaper picture from Safari

You can set any image as your Mac OS X desktops background wallpaper directly from Safari, all you need to do is right-click on the image and select “Use Image as Desktop Picture”. The default setting appears to be ‘Fill Screen’ so if you select an image smaller than your screen resolution it might not look that great.

In terms of web browsers, this feature seems to be limited only to Safari, as Chrome and Firefox don’t include the option. However, you can also right-click on any image within the Finder and set your background image there too.

If you were wondering about the screen shot, I have a black menu bar thanks to Nocturne and the wallpaper is Andromeda Galaxy from Lion.

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Posted by: William Pearson in Customize, Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks


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  1. […] image on the web and you are using the Safari browser, you can just right-click on that picture to “Use as Desktop Picture” – this is the easiest for pictures on the […]

  2. hawk says:

    this is not new to Lion

  3. Trench says:

    Works in Firefox and Chrome too. Didn’t test in Opera.

  4. Swaroop M S says:

    This is a very useful feature which makes it easy for us to set desktop backgrounds. It is also available in Firefox 4 and the menu names it as “Set As Desktop Background…”

  5. xf says:

    I don’t see it in Chrome but it is definitely in Firefox. Maybe you need to upgrade.


  6. NicholasA says:

    Are you kidding me? This is news? This should’ve been a feature ten years ago

  7. […] put a similar shadow on it with Photoshop. The result is this 2000×1080 PNG file, ready to be set as your desktop […]

  8. […] you ever set a desktop wallpaper from Safari, only to wish you had saved the file directly so you could access it later or do something else […]

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