black desktop background

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  1. edrifkin macrumors member

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    How can I create a black desktop background is OS X??
     
  2. killuminati macrumors 68020

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    Go to System Preferences>Desktop and Screensavers, click the desktops tab, then go to Solid Colours and select your colour.
     
  3. gekko513 macrumors 603

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    :confused:

    Create a black image file and set it as background:

    "System Preferences -> Desktop & Screen Saver -> Desktop -> Pictures Folder"

    If you don't have image editing software, you can make a screen capture of something black. For instance something written in a large font in TextEdit. Or use this:
     

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  4. killuminati macrumors 68020

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    You really don't need to do that. It's much simpler to just select black for your background color under Solid Colors
     
  5. gekko513 macrumors 603

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    It's just that black isn't there, only dark grey.
     
  6. killuminati macrumors 68020

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    You just need to select it from the color palette. There should be a colored box beside where the image stretching/tiling options are. Click that and it will bring up the colors.
     
  7. gekko513 macrumors 603

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    That box only shows up when you select a custom image that is smaller than the screen and select a stretching option that leaves some of the background uncovered by the image.
     
  8. killuminati macrumors 68020

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    Strange, because it works fine for me to use that to set a solid background colour.

    I feel bad for the OP, we've taken over his thread arguing about such a simple thing :p
     
  9. gekko513 macrumors 603

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    Ditto, which version of OS X are you using? I don't get a colour box for "Solid Colors" on either of my two Macs running 10.4.6.
     
  10. killuminati macrumors 68020

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    I'm on a friends iMac G4 and he's running 10.2.8. It seems strange that apple would take this feature out. I'll have to check on my computers when I get home.
     
  11. fistful macrumors 6502a

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    I did as gekko513 suggested and created a solid black .png only I placed it in the /Library/Desktop Pictures/Solid Colors folder so that it will show up permanently in the preferences.
     
  12. edrifkin thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for all the posts.. now I changed my background to black, I cannot distinguish between the desktop background and my xterm window.. I thought there were some lines around the xterm windows, but apparently not. Any idea how to have this border lines for the xterm windows to appear? Or maybe I have to change the xterm background to something else like 'transparent gray'.. how can I do this??
     
  13. gekko513 macrumors 603

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    What kind of xterm are you using? Apple's X11? Or are you talking about Terminal windows?
     
  14. edrifkin thread starter macrumors member

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    I'm using X11 xterm...
     
  15. BakedBeans macrumors 68040

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    i will make you one - what res is your screen???
     
  16. edrifkin thread starter macrumors member

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    The resolution is 1680 x 1050.. thanks alot!
     
  17. edrifkin thread starter macrumors member

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    I'm sorry but I'm bit new to Mac OS environment.. what should I do with this file?
     
  18. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Uncompress it with Stuffit and then head to System Preferences where you can use Choose Folder to pick it out and use it. :)
     
  19. edrifkin thread starter macrumors member

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    Is this file for creating black background for the desktop or resolving issue of creating a border for the xterm window?
     
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  21. gekko513 macrumors 603

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    Maybe you should consider not using black? Black isn't there as a background colour option for a reason. The windows casts shadows so that you can tell where the edges are even for borderless windows, but that doesn't work when the background is already black.

    Maybe a dark grey background and dark grey xterm windows will give a similar style to the one you're going for?
     
  22. Poeben macrumors 6502

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    Couldn't you just make say a 16x16 black square and tile or stretch to fill screen? That's the way I used to do it.
     
  23. gekko513 macrumors 603

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    See post #3 in this thread.
     
  24. BakedBeans macrumors 68040

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    just open the file by double clicking it - then set it as your bacground (in system prefs)
     

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