Increase the Size of Desktop Wallpaper Thumbnails in System Preferences

Dec 22, 2011 - 6 Comments

Increase the size of desktop wallpaper thumbnails in Mac OS X Lion

Using the familiar pinch and spread gesture in OS X Lion, you can adjust the thumbnail size of desktop wallpaper previews within System Preferences. A spread gesture will increase the thumbnail size, and a pinch gesture will shrink the wallpaper thumbnails.

Try it yourself, just open System Preferences, and from the Desktop control panel use a two-fingered spread, the same you’d use on an iPhone or iPad to zoom into an image or text, or that you’d use in Safari or Preview in Mac OS X to zoom on the content.

The smallest size will show a 5×4 grid, and the largest thumbnails will show 2×2.

Thanks for the tip Jimmy


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


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  1. Josh says:

    Wish it remembered the setting once it was zoomed in.

  2. Joseph says:

    Is there a way to do this on Lion for file thumbs in Finder?

  3. Victor says:

    How do you do it if you don’t have a multi-touch trackpad? My Macbook is before 2009.

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