9 Classic Mac OS Tiling Wallpapers
If you’re an extra longtime Mac user, you might remember way back in the 1990s when desktop backgrounds on classic Mac OS versions were tiled images of various textures. This was way back when the idea of setting a single image as wallpaper was a bit extreme because it was excessively resource heavy, and so tiling a small image was the norm instead (if not using just a solid color as a background) – the good old days of computing, right?
Well, why not bring a handful of those classic Mac OS System 7 tiling wallpapers to your modern Mac?
We’ve got a variety of the textured classic tiles from ancient Mac OS System 7.5 releases, some look like cheesy 90s housing wallpaper, there’s a curious flying cat, a motherboard circuit, stars, jeans, and plenty of blue and purple textures.
Classic Mac OS Tiled Wallpaper Images
The images from Mac OS 7 are 64 x 64 pixels, but I resized them to be 128 x 128 pixels so they show a bit more of the detail on a modern Retina Mac screen. They look about as good (or bad) as you’d expect.
Save any (or all) of the images below to your local Mac, and then set them as a tiling wallpaper in MacOS:
Wallpaper texture 2:
Flying tiled cats:
Setting a Classic Tiled Wallpaper in Mac OS
We have covered how to tile wallpaper pictures on Macs before, but if you need a refresher here’s how it is done:
- Save the wallpaper tile you want to use and tile as the Mac desktop
- Go to the Apple menu and choose “System Preferences”
- Choose “Desktop & Screen Saver”
- Select the “Desktop” tab
- Drag and drop the tiling PNG image into the preview panel of the Desktop preferences
- Now pull down the little submenu and choose “Tile”
- Enjoy your beautiful classic Mac OS tiling wallpaper
Doesn’t that look fantastic in that 90s retro kind of way? Well, as they say, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
Of course this is just a wallpaper, but if you’re feeling retro inspired then you can go a bit further and simplify the Finder appearance or use Increase Contrast on Mac OS to get a bit of a retrofied look in modern Mac OS and Mac OS X releases too.
If those old wallpaper tiles are bringing back memories, you’d probably have some fun running classic Mac OS in a web browser with a Mac Plus emulator, or running Mac OS 7.5.3 with HyperCard in a web browser too, or you can use Mini vMac to run System 7 directly atop Mac OS and Mac OS X locally and not rely on a web browser at all.
And if all of this is not enough nostalgia for you, we have many other fun retro computing articles to check out here .