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Q1: I want to customize the look of my computer. Are there ways to do that in Mac OS X?
A1: Yes, you can customize the appearance of your desktop in several ways.

One way is by changing your desktop background. To do this, go to the Desktop Preferences panel of System Preferences, and drag the icon from any image file into the image well in the panel. If you don’t have any images of your own, you can browse the options in the Collection pop-up menu.

You can also replace Mac OS X icons with other images. Simply click the object’s icon in the General Information section of the Get Info panel, and then use the Copy and Paste commands in the Edit menu to paste in other icons or images. If you’re looking for replacement images, two excellent sources for high-quality Mac OS X icons are Iconfactory at http://www.iconfactory.com and Xicons, located at http://www.xicons.com.

Q2: I’ve been saving my files where I want them, but sometimes when I look for them, they aren’t where I put them. Why?
A2: This could be the result of two things. First, Mac OS X has a more structured file system than previous Mac operating systems. If you’re trying to save or move your files to restricted folders, the system won’t allow it. Restricted folders include folders with a designated purpose (such as those folders in the top level of the Mac OS X hard drive) and other users’ folders (with a couple of exceptions). Also, sometimes Mac OS X defaults to folders in your user account rather than placing your files on the desktop.

Or, the problem might simply be that the file has been saved, but its icon doesn’t appear right away. Sometimes you need to click out of a window and click back to see newly placed files.


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