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1.1. Desktops

Even though it stares you in the face every day, it's easy to take the Desktop for granted. It lies under the windows all of the applications you have running, pretty much just sitting there, being ignored. The Desktop performs its thankless job day-in and day-out, and it's probably just begging you for a fresh new look. Indulge your Desktop; it's been good to you. You should be good to it.

System Preferences holds the secret to power desktop management; specifically, its Appearance and Desktop & Screen Saver preferences panels. Here's where you can start to give your desktop a bit of personality. The Appearance preferences let you set basic interface features, such as changing the primary interface color (blue or graphite) and the look of your scrollbars. As its name suggests, the Desktop & Screen Saver panel controls the Desktop's art and lets you pick or set a screen saver. Follow these steps to open the Desktop & Screen Saver panel so you can select new background art:


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