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Setting Up the Desktop

The desktop background, or wallpaper, is a picture that serves as your desktop’s backdrop, the basic surface on which icons and windows appear. You can select a background picture from the ones provided with OS X (which includes Nature, Abstract, Patterns, or Solid Colors, which allows you to create custom colors) or select one of your own in the Desktop & Screen Saver pane in System Preferences. You can select pictures in a variety of formats (such as JPEG, PICT, GIF, TIFF, PDF, or PSD) from your own Pictures folder, another folder you select, or even an iPhoto folder (Photo Library, Last Import, or iPhoto album), and then select options to display them on the screen. When you select a picture from a folder, you can display all the pictures at certain intervals in alphabetical or random order. In addition, you can turn on or off the translucent menu bar effect.

Select a Desktop Background

  • bluecircle_1.jpg Click the System Preferences icon in the Dock, and then click the Desktop & Screen Saver icon.
  • bluecircle_2.jpg Click the Desktop tab.
  • bluecircle_3.jpg Click an image category folder in the left column.
  • bluecircle_4.jpg Select a thumbnail.
  • bluecircle_5.jpg If you want to use your own folder of pictures, click the Add (+) button, select the folder, and then click Choose.

    • To remove one of your own added folders, select the folder, and then click the Remove (-) button.
  • bluecircle_6.jpg To show all the pictures in a folder, select the Change picture check box, select an interval from the pop-up, and then select the Random order check box or clear it for random order.
  • bluecircle_7.jpg Select the the Translucent menu bar check box to enable the menu effect or clear the check box disable it.
  • bluecircle_8.jpg Click the Close button.
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