How to Change Home Screen on Mac

Joel Mason

Mac, Tutorials

Are you tired of the same old boring home screen on your Mac? Well, you’re in luck because changing your home screen is easier than you might think! In this tutorial, I will guide you through the steps to customize and personalize your Mac’s home screen.

Step 1: Accessing the Desktop & Screen Saver Preferences

If you want to change your home screen on a Mac, the first thing you need to do is access the Desktop & Screen Saver preferences. To do this, follow these simple steps:

  1. Click on the Apple icon in the top-left corner of your screen.

  2. Select “System Preferences” from the drop-down menu.

  3. In the System Preferences window, click on “Desktop & Screen Saver”.

Step 2: Choosing a New Wallpaper

Now that you’re in the Desktop & Screen Saver preferences, it’s time to choose a new wallpaper for your home screen. Follow these steps:

  1. In the Desktop tab, you’ll see a list of pre-installed wallpapers on the left-hand side. Browse through them and select one that catches your eye.

  2. If none of the pre-installed wallpapers interest you, click on “Desktop Pictures” at the bottom-left corner. This will open up a wider range of options for you to choose from.

  3. Select a wallpaper by clicking on it once.

TIP: Customizing Your Wallpaper

If you want to further customize your wallpaper, such as adjusting its position or changing how it appears on your home screen, you can do so by clicking on the “Change Picture” drop-down menu. From there, you’ll find various options to modify your wallpaper to your liking.

Step 3: Setting the Chosen Wallpaper as Your Home Screen

Once you’ve selected the perfect wallpaper for your home screen, it’s time to set it as your default. Follow these final steps:

  1. In the Desktop tab of the Desktop & Screen Saver preferences, make sure that the preview image shows the wallpaper you want.

  2. Close the preferences window. Your chosen wallpaper will now be displayed as your new home screen.


Congratulations! You’ve successfully changed your home screen on your Mac.

Now every time you turn on or wake up your Mac, you’ll be greeted by a fresh and personalized look. Remember, if you ever want to change your home screen again in the future, simply revisit the Desktop & Screen Saver preferences and follow these steps once more.

So go ahead and have fun exploring different wallpapers to make your Mac truly yours!

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