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How to Change the Standard Mac OS X Wallpaper

written by: tanik•edited by: Michael Dougherty•updated: 3/27/2011

Changing the standard Mac OS X wallpaper is a very easy process. Lets take a look at how to change that standard Mac OS X wallpaper to something with a little more personality.

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    Changing the Mac OS X Standard Wallpaper

    Every Mac user wants from time to time will want to change the standard Mac OS X wallpaper. When you change the wallpaper to your liking, something more familiar, things tend to get done faster. Some people like simple wallpapers, some photos of friends or family, some prefer cartoons and others can't live without their hi-tech style wallpapers. Fortunately Mac OS X allows you to change the standard Mac OS X wallpaper quickly and easily. For changing the Mac OS X standard desktop wallpaper, Mac gives you four choices. You can select one of the standard desktop wallpapers, use a photo of a friend of family, choose a pattern or opt for a solid color. To change the current wallpaper here are the steps you need to follow:

    Step 1: The first step to change the Mac OS X standard wallpaper is to open System Preferences. To do this, click on the Apple logo and select System Preferences.

    Step 2: When the System Preferences window opens, click on “Desktop & Screen Saver" under Personal.

    Step 3: In the Desktop & Screen Saver window, click the Desktop tab. In the left side you will see Apple Images, Nature, Planmac change desktop wallpaper ts, Black & White, Abstract, Solid Colors and Pictures folders. Each folder contains many different types of wallpapers. Open any of the folders then click on the wallpaper of your choice, and it will be applied on your desktop immediately, or choose Solid Color to use a plain colored background.

    May be you have a collection of your own photos that you want to use on the Mac Desktop? You can use your own photos, to do this drag the image you want to use on the Desktop and drop it on the Desktop & Screen Saver window. The image will be shown there, then click it to apply it to your Desktop. If you want to see your full collection of photos before choosing one, click on Pictures Folder in the left pane; or to browse pictures in a different folder, click on Choose Folder and pick a photo to put on the desktop.

    (Image: by the author)

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    Wallpaper Settings

    When you change the standard Mac OS X wallpaper, you can choose how the wallpaper should appear on the desktop. By clicking on the drop-down menu next to the well you can set how the wallpaper should appear, you get the following options:

    Tile the background. If an image is small, selecting this option multiplies the same image to fill the screen.

    Fill the screen: Use this option to use the image without stretching, compressing or repeating it on the screen.

    Stretch the background to fit the Desktop: This option stretches the image if it is small, to fill the entire screen. You can enlarge wallpapers with this option but after getting enlarged the image quality doesn't always remain good, so this option isn't a perfect one for all wallpapers.

    Center the image on the Desktop: If an image is small, this option will center the image on the desktop, without repeating or stretching.

    These options let you customize how the wallpaper should look on the desktop but remember these options are not available for the Apple images.

    This was how to change the standard Mac OS X wallpaper. If you are interested in a few great places to find new Mac OS X wallpaper to replace the standard Mac OS X wallpaper please see the Mac OS X Wallpaper How to right here at Bright Hub.

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    • Authors personal experience using Mac OS X.