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Easy Instructions for Changing the Wallpaper on Your MacBook

written by: Gabriele•edited by: Michael Dougherty•updated: 12/29/2010

Since the wallpaper is something you will always notice, why settle with the default Mac OS X background? Did you know that you can use your own wallpapers and even have Mac OS X automatically change them? This article will teach you all you need to know about customizing your MacBook's wallpaper.

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    Customize Your MacBook's Wallpaper

    Wallpaper Settings in Mac OS X When you first install Mac OS X or purchase a new MacBook, it automatically uses the Aurora theme. This theme has shades of purple and dark blue with stars in the background. In addition to the default theme, Mac OS X installs a library of Apple wallpapers that are grouped by theme. Let's take a look at some of the preinstalled wallpapers.

    Apple Images includes various swirled and patterned backgrounds and are mostly in shades of blue, gray, purple and green. Some of these wallpapers have an appearance of light being reflected against the background. The Nature collection displays natural elements such as rocks, animals, images of the earth, water and insects. The Plants collection shows scenes of underwater plants, changing leaves, flowers and trees. The Black and White collection shows images of landforms, seas and lightning. The Abstract collection is perhaps the most creative and colorful. These pictures mix various bright colors together and have a rainbow effect. The Solid Colors collection is the most simple and offers shades of gray, blue, brown and green.

    Do none of the preinstalled wallpapers interest you? Don't worry! Mac OS X lets you use photos from your personal library, either from your iPhoto collection or from any folder on your computer.

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    Changing Wallpaper on MacBook: The Easy Way!

    The process for changing wallpaper on MacBook is very simple. Simply right-click on a blank area of your desktop and select Change Desktop Background. This opens the Desktop & Screen Saver settings that displays the categories of wallpapers on the left and lets you view thumbnails on the right. Simply click the category you want to view and click a thumbnail on the right to activate the wallpaper.

    If you want to use your own images from your computer or wallpapers from the Internet , the process is pretty simple as well. If the image you want to use is in the Pictures folder, simply click it on the left pane and select your picture on the right. If it's somewhere else, click the plus sign to add the folder. After you choose the folder, it's added to the list of categories. Now you can click your folder and wallpaper to apply the background.

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    Fine Tuning Your Wallpaper

    After you are happy with your new background, you don't have to stop here. Mac OS X also lets you configure how your wallpaper is situated on the screen and for how long you want it to appear. You can even let the operating system randomize your wallpapers so that you never get bored of it.

    Return to the Desktop & Screen Saver settings. If you used your own image, you have the opportunity to configure how the wallpaper looks on your screen. Keep in mind that this option does not appear for the preinstalled Mac OS X wallpapers. Select your wallpaper and select an option from the pop-up menu that appears. This menu lets you choose to fill the entire screen with the image, fitting it to the screen, stretching the image, centering it or tiling the image several times. Just click one of the options to try it out or select Fit to Screen to display the wallpaper as it does by default. If you choose a method that leaves blank space on your desktop, you can click the square to the left of the pop-up menu to select a color to fill the rest of the screen. This is most helpful when your image has a solid background.

    In addition, you can let Mac OS X change the wallpaper during a time period you choose. To configure this, select CHange picture and choose a time frequency from the drop-down menu. Click Randomize order if you want random images from your collection to display. Now you have all you need for changing wallpaper on Macbook!