Another way of changing desktop backgrounds..and alternate image viewer?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by fud122, Mar 28, 2007.

  1. fud122 macrumors member

    Aug 24, 2006
    Is there a way to just right click on an image file and then have the option to set the picture as a desktop background (like in Windows). I find it rather annoying that I have to drag a photo to the little monitor to change the background. Also all my pictures are in many organized folders so I don't want to add all the folders to the desktop background options under System Preferences. Even under Preview I can't find an option to set a picture as the background.

    Also is there a free (or reasonably priced application) that is a good and quick image viewer/editor that will also let me see all the pictures in that directory automatically (kind of like Windows again) by just pressing "next" or the arrow keys. I can't seem to do that under Preview unless I drag the whole folder. I just want to be able to click on 1 photo and then be able to navigate to the others from there.

    Thank you for your help!!
  2. TheAnswer macrumors 68030


    Jan 25, 2002
    Orange County, CA
    The easiest way to do this is to navigate to the directory you want to view, then hit command (apple) + A (the select all command)...then right click (or control-click if you don't have a two-button mouse)...then select the Slideshow command in the menu that appears. You can get onscreen navigation, but the arrow keys on the keyboard will work as well. You also have other options (such as viewing them all at once in an index sheet).

    As for the desktops, I keep mine in iPhoto and use the Desktop icon to change them out.
  3. clevin macrumors G3


    Aug 6, 2006
  4. Elphaba macrumors regular


    Jun 4, 2006
    I think this'll help. Xee :) (this is regarding your 2nd question.. I don't know the answer to the first one :eek: )
  5. Mavimao macrumors 6502a


    Feb 16, 2005
    Lyon, France
  6. fud122 thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 24, 2006
    Thank you all for your help. I'll try out the programs and see which one suits my needs.
  7. n-abounds macrumors 6502a


    Mar 6, 2006
    For your desktop image problem:
    I opened Automator and made a workflow with "Get Specified Finder Items" followed by "Set The Desktop Picture". Then I went to File-> Save As Plug-In and saved it as a plug-in for Finder.

    This way, you can right-click on an image, go to "Automator", and then choose the plug-in you created (I named mine "Set As Wallpaper"). This will set the image as your wallpaper.

    It works really well. That was one feature I was jealous of in Windows...but this is just as good. :)
  8. n-abounds macrumors 6502a


    Mar 6, 2006
    erhem...just wanted to make sure you saw this.
  9. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603


    Apr 29, 2005
    San Francisco
    I agree with this answer Xee is pretty close to the Windows Picture imager.

    As for the first question Quicksilver has an easy built-in function to change the selected picture file to the desktop background, or use Automator. (no simple answer on Mac for this :()

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