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How to Change the Background on a Mac: A Comprehensive Guide

Changing the background on a Mac allows you to personalize your desktop, making it a more enjoyable and customized experience. Whether you want to use a picture of your loved ones, a scenic view, or a professional backdrop, it’s a straightforward process. This article will provide a step-by-step guide on how to change the background on a Mac, including all you need to know.

Table of Contents

  1. Quick Answer
  2. Detailed Steps on How to Change the Background on a Mac
  3. How to Use Dynamic Desktops
  4. Troubleshooting Tips
  5. FAQs
  6. Related Articles

1. Quick Answer

For a quick answer on changing your Mac’s background: go to ‘System Preferences’, choose ‘Desktop & Screen Saver’, select the ‘Desktop’ tab, and then select your desired image or folder from the list on the left.

2. Detailed Steps on How to Change the Background on a Mac

Step 1: Open System Preferences

To start, click on the Apple menu icon located at the top left corner of your screen and select ‘System Preferences’.

Step 2: Go to ‘Desktop & Screen Saver’

In the System Preferences window, locate and click on ‘Desktop & Screen Saver’.

Step 3: Choose ‘Desktop’ Tab

In the ‘Desktop & Screen Saver’ window, select the ‘Desktop’ tab.

Step 4: Select Desired Background

On the left, you’ll see a sidebar containing different folders such as Apple, Photos, and Folders. Each folder contains several images. Click on a folder to expand it and see the images inside. Click on the image you want to set as your new background.

If you want to use a personal photo, click on the ‘+’ button at the bottom of the sidebar. You can then navigate to where your photo is saved, select it, and click ‘Choose’.

3. How to Use Dynamic Desktops

MacOS Mojave and later versions offer a feature known as Dynamic Desktops. These are wallpapers that automatically change to match the time of day. To use this feature, go to ‘System Preferences’ > ‘Desktop & Screen Saver’ > ‘Desktop’. Then, select one of the dynamic desktops from the Apple folder.

4. Troubleshooting Tips

If you’re having trouble changing your desktop background, make sure the image you’re trying to use is a supported file type (like .jpg, .png, .heic) and that it’s not corrupted. Also, ensure your Mac’s software is up-to-date.

5. FAQs

Q: How do I change the background on a Mac? A: Go to ‘System Preferences’, choose ‘Desktop & Screen Saver’, select the ‘Desktop’ tab, and then select your desired image or folder from the list on the left.

Q: Can I use my own photo as a background on a Mac? A: Yes, to use a personal photo, click on the ‘+’ button at the bottom of the sidebar in the ‘Desktop’ tab of ‘Desktop & Screen Saver’. Navigate to where your photo is saved, select it, and click ‘Choose’.

Q: What is a Dynamic Desktop on a Mac? A: Dynamic Desktop is a feature in MacOS Mojave and later versions that automatically changes your desktop background to match the time of day.