how to set as wallpaper?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by chrisgohcs, Jan 13, 2008.

  1. macrumors member


    Nov 10, 2007

    how do you guys set your wallpaper?
    take for example i have a jpeg file on my desktop which i want it to be my wallpaper. but when i right click it,it doesnt give me any option to set it as my wallpaper.
    i will always have to add the photo to iphoto then set it as wallpaper thru system preferences.

    any help will be appreciated!=)
  2. macrumors 65816


    Aug 5, 2007
    1. Go to Preferences > Desktop & Screensaver > Desktop

    2. Click the + sign (located bottom left)

    3. Select the particular folder in which your wallpaper is located (i.e. desktop). No need to use iPhoto
  3. macrumors 6502a


    Aug 16, 2007
    Central FL Area
    go to the system preferences section. look for the desktop icon. you'll then be able to choose what picture you want.

    it's pretty easy.
  4. thread starter macrumors member


    Nov 10, 2007
  5. macrumors 6502

    Apr 9, 2006
    Boston, MA
    It has always bugged me to go to System Preferences just to change the wallpaper, so I created a simple Automator Actionto do it for me. Save As Plug-in (for Finder) then right-click the image, go to automator actions, and there is your "Set as Wallpaper" command.

    Attached Files:

  6. macrumors 68040


    Jun 14, 2006
    Or you can just drag & drop the file into the little wallpaper preview in the System Preferences pane...
  7. macrumors newbie

    Jun 26, 2008
    Automator Steps

    Mernak you're the man. This is the first time I used Automator and it works lovely.

    For the newbs, here are the steps:
    1) Open up Automator - This is located in your applications folder. The right window in Automator should be blank and say "Drag or add actions here to build your workflow." In the leftmost window labeled Library, Applications should be selected.
    2) Search for "Get Selected Finder Items." It should appear in the middle window labeled Action. Double click "Get Selected Finder Items," and it will appear in the right window.
    3) Search for "Set the Desktop Picture." Right click it and it will appear in the right window under "Get Selected Finder Items."
    4) Go to File:Save As Plug-in. Choose a name like "The Amazing Wallpaper Automator." Select Plug-in for "Finder" in the drop down menu and Save.
    5) When you are in Finder, if you right click your picture and scroll to Automator, you will see your automation. Click this and enjoy the view.

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