The Ultimate Guide for switching from a PC to a Mac
(Part 2 - coming soon)

Friday, July 6, 2007

A Leopard looking desktop!

I am getting tired of the old Apple blue background and you probably are too. It has been around for years and I agree with Apple that a new wallpaper is necessary for Leopard. Apple got us excited about the prospect of Leopard in spring only to delay it a few months after. The iPhone is cool but I would really like to see something new on the Mac side. A lot of people have started trying to tweak their system to perform like Leopard in the meantime. So I found this nice copy of the new wallpaper that comes with Leopard (the quality is pretty good at 2000x1250):


Anonymous Anonymous said...


July 5, 2007 at 9:43 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Thank you... This'll do 'till the official one arrives!

July 5, 2007 at 10:28 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I'm a new MAC user, what directory does the desktop backgrounds live in?

July 5, 2007 at 10:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can select any directory to hold your backgrounds, just go into System Preferences>Desktop and Screensaver>Desktop and select Choose Folder... from the menu on the right side. You can also import them into iPhoto for easier use.

July 5, 2007 at 10:48 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

You don't even need to know the desktop background directory because after the image has totally downloaded into the cache, all you got to do is control click on the image & click "Set as desktop image."

July 5, 2007 at 10:59 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

I was trying to find this but couldn't!!!

July 6, 2007 at 12:29 AM  
Blogger Dan said...

Here's even more Leopard style options...
you can get the transparent dock at
Download Menu shade and you can get a transparent menu!!

July 6, 2007 at 12:40 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I have been to System Preferences>Desktop and Screensaver>Desktop and would like to save the picture in the PLANTS folder. I just can't figure our where the folder is nor can I find out how to get my file there. Any advise would be appreciated.

Thanks from a new Mac user.

July 6, 2007 at 1:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, is there a way of turning off or deleting menu shade?

July 6, 2007 at 1:51 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Ok guys... totally new mac geek here, about to unleash the real, fake, leopard, =D.

Sad I know, right? =P

July 6, 2007 at 2:22 AM  
Blogger Jack Squat said...

uber cool ,thanks for keeping us in mind.I really dig this one!

July 6, 2007 at 2:27 AM  
Blogger DavidPam35DP said...

I am soooo new to this MAC-thing (via a life-long "PC"-type!), although I have to say: "THIS IS SO COOL!" All of the extras that MAC brings AND this widget to boot...THX!!

July 6, 2007 at 2:28 AM  
Blogger Blablah said...

The desktops Apple got you with OSX are located here: /Library/Desktop Pictures/ :-) There are also seperate folder in there such as Plants, Abstract,.. If you put a wallpaper in the Plants folder it'll appear in the list in System Preferences :-)

July 6, 2007 at 4:26 AM  
Blogger Blablah said...

Oh and btw, it's Mac, not MAC :P

July 6, 2007 at 4:29 AM  
Blogger Matt said...

@ Luke and any other New Mac User come over and check out It is a blog devoted to bringing the best tips for new users.

July 6, 2007 at 9:09 AM  
Blogger shawnhood said...

as a long time mac user... it's frustrating to see someone call a desktop background a "wallpaper". We're getting tips for a mac, not a PC.

July 6, 2007 at 11:25 AM  
Blogger Oliver said...

ged timson

-- Hi, is there a way of turning off or deleting menu shade? --

To delete menu shade, go to System Preferences>Accounts>Login Items (tab) Delete menushade from the login items. (If it's there.) Then, quit menu shade. Once you've done that, merely delete it. Once you've deleted it, empty your trash. (Cmd-Shift-D)

If you don't like menu shade because of it's not being a deamon program (running in the background without showing up in the dock) then you can use "Dock Dodger" to make it soe that it doesn't run from the dock.

My Mac-Tipping Blog

July 6, 2007 at 12:27 PM  
Blogger EGB said...

One more picky bit of Mac geekdom - Macs use a colon ":" to distinguish names in a path name, not a slash "/"

So the desktop backgrounds don't live here: /Library/Desktop Pictures/ , they actually live here...
Macintosh HD:Library:Desktop Pictures

That is, unless you changed the name of your hard drive to something else...

July 6, 2007 at 5:20 PM  
Blogger Luke R said...

Fox, Matt and mactipper, you guys are the best. Thanks for getting me pointed in the right direction. I am now able to find the directory and have have copied the file to the plant folder within the ...:Desktop Pictures directory.

Eric@the canopy, thanks for your excellent description of how the Mac directory structure works.

July 6, 2007 at 10:56 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I've been a Mac user since the original SE, and I still call it "Wallpaper".

July 7, 2007 at 2:36 PM  
Blogger Steve Higgs said...

@Eric@The Canopy

--So the desktop backgrounds don't live here: /Library/Desktop Pictures/ , they actually live here...
Macintosh HD:Library:Desktop Pictures--

Uhm, I have only had a mac for the last 4 months, but, I have never come across ANY hint of using colon's to separate a path.... If you go to a terminal etc it's all /'s and if you do a get info on any file it shows the path in the "where" field using /'s.

The only thing I have ever seen :'s separating fields for is in a MAC address for network interface devices; totally separate from Mac computers.

Unless that was your point? sarcasm?

July 7, 2007 at 10:10 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Am I the crazy one? What's so cool about this stuff?You can program your own wall paper with your own photo's and put it in your own background folder. Downloading a bunch of grass? Am I missing the point here?

July 9, 2007 at 2:56 PM  
Blogger Phillip said...

I am a long time computer 64, amiga, many many pc's, .....always thought Mac's were good but afraid to try until parallels. Purchaced iMac 20inch. Now I am in love with computers again!!!!!

This is what computing is supposed to be. I prob will keep a pc for certain things but I will start using Macs from here on out.

July 9, 2007 at 9:46 PM  

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