Change the Desktop Wallpaper Automatically in Mac OS X

Dec 15, 2011 - 4 Comments

Change desktop picture wallpaper randomly in Mac OS X

Can’t decide which wallpaper to use as your desktop background? Me neither. Fortunately there’s a setting in Mac OS X that causes the desktop picture to change itself automatically at a user selected time interval, ranging from every 5 seconds to once a day or upon system wake.

  • Open “System Preferences” from the  Apple menu and click on “Desktop & Screen Saver”
  • Click the checkbox next to “Change picture” and set the time interval, the default is a new background every 30 minutes
  • Select “Random order” as well for best results

Whatever your background picture was set to will be changed immediately, and then it will change again at the time interval you selected.

Changing every 5 seconds can be a bit neurotic, but if you have enough similarly themed wallpapers to go with, it can create a feeling similar to the living desktops of Android fame.

Another option is to use a free app like Wallpaper Wizard Lite, which will automatically download new desktop pictures in addition to changing them for you.

Change Desktop Wallpaper pictures automatically in Mac OS X

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Customize, Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks

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  1. [...] Selezionare “ordine casuale” e per i migliori risultati, altrimenti non spuntate la casella. Una volta fatto ciò le vostre immagini si alterneranno, casualmente o meno a seconda di cosa abbiate scelto, ogni tot minuti da voi scelti. Per i più esigenti esiste anche Wallpaper Wizard Lite, che trova e scarica anche nuove immagini, oltre a cambiarle per voi. Via | OSXDaily [...]

  2. Jim Gates says:

    I have my setup configured so that not only do I get new desktops every 15 minutes on each of the spaces on my laptop, but also on the large monitor I have connected to it.

    But, the biggest issue of all was figuring out how to get it to “see” my iphoto images so that I could use those instead of the Apple supplied choices. Didn’t I read in your blog how to do that? If so, you might want to connect folks to that post as a reminder. If not, that would be a good post to write for your faithful readers.

  3. [...] by creating a handful of different wallpapers and throwing them into a single folder, then use the automatic wallpaper changing feature in Mac OS X to rotate between the [...]

  4. Terence says:

    I wish there was a way to make it every week. :(

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