I thought Mac was supposed to be "easy and intuitive"

newportmac

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And I thought Mac's were supposed to be all easy and intuitive...

PC Download Instructions:
1. Right-click on "Set As Wallpaper".

Wallpaper for MAC OS X:
1. Control-click
2. Select "Download image to Disk".
3. Save image to desktop.
4. Go to Apple menu > System Preferences > Personal section and select "Desktop".
5. On the "Collection" pulldown menu, go to "Choose Folder" and locate the appropriate wallpaper or drag the image into the "Current Desktop Picture".
 

PlaceofDis

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Jan 6, 2004
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well steps one through three can easily be consolidated. just drag it to your desktop.

i don't mind it this way at all. and its more logical. imo.
 

xUKHCx

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Jan 15, 2006
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And I thought Mac's were supposed to be all easy and intuitive...

PC Download Instructions:
1. Right-click on "Set As Wallpaper".

Wallpaper for MAC OS X:
1. Control-click
2. Select "Download image to Disk".
3. Save image to desktop.
4. Go to Apple menu > System Preferences > Personal section and select "Desktop".
5. On the "Collection" pulldown menu, go to "Choose Folder" and locate the appropriate wallpaper or drag the image into the "Current Desktop Picture".
How about Option-Click, saves steps 2 and 3. Or just drag the image off the web page.

Then right click on the desktop and change desktop background and drag the image onto the window.
 

mac2thefuture

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May 15, 2007
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And I thought Mac's were supposed to be all easy and intuitive...

PC Download Instructions:
1. Right-click on "Set As Wallpaper".

Wallpaper for MAC OS X:
1. Control-click
2. Select "Download image to Disk".
3. Save image to desktop.
4. Go to Apple menu > System Preferences > Personal section and select "Desktop".
5. On the "Collection" pulldown menu, go to "Choose Folder" and locate the appropriate wallpaper or drag the image into the "Current Desktop Picture".
Or you could-

right click
Use image as desktop image;)

I takes a while, i'm still learning each day - but believe me, 99% of all you'll do is easier and more fun / satisfying
:)
 

suneohair

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Aug 27, 2006
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Ah yes, for all those times we want to take a 32x32 thumbnail and stretch it most beautifully across our desktop (which just happens to have a higher res). I miss those days. :rolleyes:
 

siurpeeman

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Dec 2, 2006
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i don't get it. you can do this with mac os x. you right click the image, and select "use as desktop picture." :confused:

 

-hh

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Jul 17, 2001
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And I thought Mac's were supposed to be all easy and intuitive...

PC Download Instructions:
1. Right-click on "Set As Wallpaper".
And lets say that you do this, but then later on, you go set a different wallpaper, decide that you don't like it, so you want to go back to your first one...but you can't remember where you "found" that image online, so you just want to flip back to use that first one again, which is still stored on your disk.

But where did Windows store that saved desktop file?

Even if you choose to take the longest way of doing it on the Mac, you'll know where the original is stored, so you can use it at any time, quickly.


-hh
 

miniConvert

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You can't just pluck one example out of thin air and make a sweeping generalization like you have.

Many people, including myself, find OS X to be easy and intuitive. I wont argue, however, that the worlds most popular desktop OS, by a very large margin, isn't very good at some tasks.
 

atszyman

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Sep 16, 2003
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And I thought Mac's were supposed to be all easy and intuitive...

PC Download Instructions:
1. Right-click on "Set As Wallpaper".
What happens if the website where you got the image goes away and you've since changed your desktop, do you know where to find the image if you want it back?
 

mr_matalino

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Oct 14, 2005
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You can't just pluck one example out of thin air and make a sweeping generalization like you have.

Many people, including myself, find OS X to be easy and intuitive. I wont argue, however, that the worlds most popular desktop OS, by a very large margin, isn't very good at some tasks.
I agree. If the OP thinks that OSX is disappointing, then he can go write his own OS and let us see how "easy and intutive" it is...
 

galstaph

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Jul 24, 2002
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The Great White North Eh
I've always found it easy, I won't bother to mention the way to set the image as a wall paper as many have pointed it out already, but there are numerous time saving tricks in osx that windows doesn't have, all lending to greater ease and ability.
 

neven

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Oct 10, 2006
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Portland, OR
And I thought Mac's were supposed to be all easy and intuitive...

PC Download Instructions:
1. Right-click on "Set As Wallpaper".
Those are not "PC Download Instructions". Those are desktop background options in Internet Explorer and Firefox (neither one says "Set as Wallpaper", by the way).

Wallpaper for MAC OS X:
1. Control-click
2. Select "Download image to Disk".
3. Save image to desktop.
4. Go to Apple menu > System Preferences > Personal section and select "Desktop".
5. On the "Collection" pulldown menu, go to "Choose Folder" and locate the appropriate wallpaper or drag the image into the "Current Desktop Picture".
Or,

1. Right-click (or control-click) the desktop, "Change Desktop Background..."
2. Drag image from webpage onto the background image in the window.

...or a number of other intuitive, simple, and quick ways.

Try trolling harder.
 

swingerofbirch

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I noticed that in the Safari 3 beta they added this functionality, which is OK, I suppose, but I like to know where the actual photograph is anyway.

They added another cool thing where if you highlight a URL that isn't a link you can select to go to it in another tab without having to copy and paste it into the toolbar.
 

kwood

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Jun 26, 2006
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In the Great White North.
Well if you do find a webpage image and you right click and select "Use as Desktop Picture" it will write the image to a preference file stored here:

/Library/Caches/Desktop Pictures

I really have no idea how the OS reads the file or what all it is. But it is not the actual image. It also does not open in property list editor.