How to change the desktop and screen saver on your Mac

Changing your desktop background or screen saver is a nice, easy way to give your Mac a more personal touch. Some people even like to move beyond Apple's built-in crop of backgrounds and use their own collections.

Here's how to spice up your Mac!

How to pick a built-in Desktop

  1. Launch System Preferences from the Dock or by clicking the  button on the top left of your screen. Alternatively, right-click on your current desktop image and select Change Desktop Background.
  2. Click Desktop & Screen Saver.

    Open System Preferences, click Desktop & Screen Saver

  3. Click the Desktop tab.
  4. Click Desktop Pictures under the Apple menu in the sidebar.

    Choose Desktop, choose your folder

  5. Click a desktop image.

    Pick an image

How to choose your own picture as your background

  1. Launch System Preferences from the Dock or by clicking the  button on the top left of your screen. Alternatively, right-click on your desktop image and select Change Desktop Background.
  2. Click Desktop & Screen Saver.

    Open System Preferences, click Desktop & Screen Saver

  3. Click the Desktop tab if it's not open already.
  4. Click the + button at the bottom of the sidebar.

    Click Desktop, click +

  5. Single-click the folder you want to use.
  6. Click Choose.

    Select Folder, click Choose

  7. Click on your chosen folder in the sidebar.
  8. Click an image from that folder.

    Highlight folder, select image

How to set up rotating backgrounds

  1. Launch System Preferences from the Dock or by clicking the  button on the top left of your screen. Alternatively, right-click on your desktop image and select Change Desktop Background.
  2. Click Desktop & Screen Saver.

    Open System Preferences, click Desktop & Screen Saver

  3. Click the Desktop tab.
  4. Click the folder you'd like your wallpapers to come from.

    Click Desktop, choose a folder

  5. Check the box next to Change picture.
  6. Click how often you want your wallpaper to change.

    Check the box, set a timeframe

How to set up screen savers

  1. Launch System Preferences from the Dock or by clicking the  button on the top left of your screen.
  2. Click Desktop & Screen Saver.

    Open System Preferences, click Desktop & Screen Saver

  3. Click the Screen Saver tab.
  4. Click the style of screen saver you want.

    Click Screen Saver, pick a style

  5. Click the source you'd like to use for your screensaver in the Source dropdown menu.
  6. Click when your screen saver should start.

    Select source, select activation time

How to set your Photo Library as a screen saver

  1. Launch System Preferences from the Dock or by clicking the  button on the top left of your screen.
  2. In System Preferences, click Desktop & Screen Saver.

    Open System Preferences, click Desktop & Screen Saver

  3. Click the Screen Saver tab.
  4. Click the style of screen saver you want.

    Click Screen Saver, Choose type

  5. Click Photo Library in the Source dropdown menu.
  6. Click the photo album you want to use in your screen saver.

    Choose Photo Library, pick an album

  7. Click Choose.

    Click Choose

How to set up Hot Corners

Hot Corners are customizable shortcuts linked to the corners of your Mac's screen. When you move your cursor to a Hot Corner, the associated action will take place. For instance, you can set your bottom-right corner to activate your screen saver. The following will teach you how to set up Hot Corners of your very own.

  1. Launch System Preferences" from the Dock or by clicking the  button on the top left of your screen.
  2. Click Desktop & Screen Saver.

    Open System Preferences, click Desktop & Screen Saver

  3. Click the Screen Saver tab.

  4. Click Hot Corners.

    Click Screen Saver, click Hot Corners

  5. Click the associated dropdown menu when you've found the corner you wish to customize.
  6. Click the action that you want to execute when using that Hot Corner, e.g., Start Screen Saver.

    Choose a corner, choose an action

  7. Click OK.

    Click OK

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