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Friday, November 16, 2007

Changing the login background!

A great tip submitted by Nessuno: Changing the login background!  In Leopard, even if you change the default space theme background, you will still see this default background when you log in.  The reason for that is that with multiple accounts, each account probably has a different background, so the OS keeps the default background as the login background.  If you are the only one using your computer, you might want to customize that however.  It is possible to do so by fooling the OS into thinking that it is the default background.  Here is how:

1. Make a copy of the background you want and rename it to "DefaultDesktop.jpg".
2. Go to /System/Library/CoreServices and find the file DefaultDesktop.jpg.
3. Store the file somewhere on your hard drive in case you want to go back to the original default background.
4. Place your new background called "DefaultDesktop.jpg" in the folder /System/Library/CoreServices.

Thanks for the tip Nessuno!


Blogger Eric said...

Does the size or aspect ratio matter? OK, I guess I could just try it! Thanks for the tip!

November 15, 2007 at 8:48 PM  
Blogger Jimmy said...

How can you do this for Tiger?

November 15, 2007 at 8:50 PM  
Blogger Kuro said...

It would be the same way for tiger no?

November 15, 2007 at 10:26 PM  
Blogger Jimmy said...

I thought so too, but there is no "DefaultDesktop.jpg" in the CoreServices folder in Tiger.

November 15, 2007 at 11:24 PM  
Blogger dave said...

I read about how to do this for Tiger some time ago. IIRC the instructions are similar, only the file you want to replace is "~/Library/Desktop Pictures/Aqua Blue.jpg"

Usual warnings about keeping the original somewhere safe apply ;)

November 15, 2007 at 11:50 PM  
Blogger Alex said...

isnt it safer just to do it through a terminal command?

November 16, 2007 at 12:07 AM  
Blogger Patrick Thompson said...

This is great. I've been wondering if this is possible for some time now.

November 16, 2007 at 9:43 AM  
Blogger Apple said...

I found this widget today, it is either brand new, or just noticed. Enjoy :)

desktop login screen widget

November 16, 2007 at 4:55 PM  
Blogger Jordan said...

A great tip! THANK YOU! All the way from Vail, CO who originally is from Auckland New Zealand!

November 18, 2007 at 2:32 AM  

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