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8.7. Desktop

The Desktop panel lets you dress up your desktop with the background image of your choice. You can choose from one of the several dozen background pictures that come with Mac OS X or use your own pictures. In fact, starting in Mac OS X 10.2, you can even schedule these background pictures to change automatically at regular intervals—an essential feature for the easily bored.

8.7.1. Apple's canned picture collections

Mac OS X comes with four collections of desktop pictures, ranging from National Geographic-style nature photos to plain solid colors. To install a new background picture, first choose one of the four image categories from the Collections pop-up menu, as shown in Figure 8-4. Your choices include Apple Background Images (muted, soft-focused swishes and swirls), Nature (plants, bugs, water), Abstract (swishes and swirls with wild colors), or Solid Colors (boring grays, blues, and greens).


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