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Chapter 5. Showing Photos Onscreen > To set the Desktop picture

To set the Desktop picture

1.
Select one or more photos, and click the Desktop button or choose Desktop from the Share menu (Figure 5.21).

Figure 5.21. Click the Desktop button to set the selected photo as your Desktop picture.


If you selected only one photo, iPhoto immediately changes the picture on your Desktop (Figure 5.22).

Figure 5.22. With a single click, you can put the photo you have selected in iPhoto on your Desktop.


If you selected multiple photos, iPhoto opens the Desktop & Screen Saver preference pane (Figure 5.23).

Figure 5.23. In the Desktop pane of your Desktop & Screen Saver preferences, configure how you want your Desktop pictures to appear, and how often they should rotate.


2.
If you selected multiple photos, choose how you want the images to appear on the Desktop.

✓ Tips

  • You can also display all the photos in any of your iPhoto albums on your Desktop by selecting the album in the folder list in the Desktop & Screen Saver preference pane's Desktop tab.

  • If the picture is in landscape orientation, iPhoto scales the photo to make it fit.

  • If the photo is in portrait orientation, iPhoto takes a landscape chunk out of the middle to display on the Desktop. Stick with photos in landscape orientation, or crop them appropriately first.

  • iPhoto can put a picture on only one monitor. To put a picture on the second monitor, you must use the Desktop & Screen Saver preference pane; select the iPhoto Selection folder in your iPhoto Library folder to rotate through the same set of photos on the second monitor.



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