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Chapter 4. Setting System Preferences > Setting Up the Desktop

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 Mac OS X (which includes Apple Background, Nature, Abstract, or Solid 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 make them fit to the screen. When you select a picture from a folder, you can display all the pictures at certain intervals in alphabetical or random order.

Select a Desktop Background

Click the System Preferences icon in the Dock, and then click the Desktop & Screen Saver icon.

Click the Desktop tab.

Click an image category folder in the left column.

If you click Choose Folder, navigate to and select a folder, and then click Choose.

Select a thumbnail.

If you're using your own pictures, click the pop-up, and then select a picture fit option: Fill Screen, Stretch To Fill Screen, or Tile.

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.

Click the Close button.



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