Change desktop wallpaper in System 7


macrumors 6502a
Original poster
Jul 12, 2007
I've been running System 7 using SoftMac that emulates a vintage Macintosh Quadra 650. I found a System 7 disk image online, along with a Quadra .ROM file. I've never used System 7 until now, and I'm a noob when it comes to emulation. There seems to be some apps missing in the control panels. I found a bunch of control panel apps in the "Preferences" folder, but they are all locked by the system. Take a look at the screenshots below. I've been trying to change my desktop wallpaper, but I can't. Also, every time I try to import an image on a floppy, System 7 can't read it. Again, I'm a complete noob to System 7. Could someone help me?



macrumors 65832
Aug 2, 2004
System 7 didn't have desktop wallpaper or desktop images. You could change the background pattern in the general control panel, or if you are handy with ResEdit you could add some patterns, or you could download a third party control panel that allowed desktop images.

Generally speaking, you may want to avoid playing in the system folder until you have had a chance to get to know the OS a little better. The worst thing most people do when confronted with a new system is to go digging trying to find what isn't there or trying to make alterations to make it work the way they are used to.

Take a week or two to figure out the non-technical stuff and get a general lay of the land before you go tripping through areas that weren't even meant for experienced users to be playing in. :eek:


macrumors 601
Nov 16, 2004
Those are not control panels. Control Panels are located in the Control Panels folder. Even then, System 7's built in wallpaper-ing features amounts to small image patterns. From looking at your screenshots, you don't have a full install of System 7 (I'm assuming 7.5.x since 7.6.x is not free and the help menu icon is from 7.5 or up).

What you really want is this:

EDIT: Come to think of it, ROM images aren't free either. Tisk tisk!