How to Set a Picture as a Background on Mac

Joel Mason

Mac, Tutorials

Welcome to this tutorial on how to set a picture as a background on your Mac. In this guide, we will walk you through the steps to personalize your Mac’s desktop with a custom image. Let’s get started!

Step 1: Selecting the Picture

The first step is to choose the picture you want to set as your background. It can be any image you have saved on your Mac or even a photo from your personal collection.

Step 2: Opening System Preferences

To change the background picture, go to the Apple menu located in the top-left corner of your screen and click on “System Preferences”. Alternatively, you can also access it by clicking on the System Preferences icon in your Dock.

Step 3: Accessing Desktop & Screen Saver

In the System Preferences window, find and click on the “Desktop & Screen Saver” icon. This will open up a new window with various customization options for your desktop.

Step 4: Selecting a Desktop Picture

In the “Desktop” tab of the Desktop & Screen Saver window, you’ll see a sidebar on the left-hand side with different picture categories. Click on one of these categories or choose “Photos” if you want to use an image from your personal collection.

Selecting from Pictures Folder:

If you choose one of the pre-installed picture categories, such as “Nature,” “Abstract,” or “Solid Colors,” you’ll see thumbnail images appear in the main area of this window. Scroll through them and select the picture that catches your eye.

Selecting from Photos:

If you choose “Photos,” a separate window will open showcasing your photo library. Navigate through your albums or moments and select the photo you want to use as your background.

Step 5: Adjusting Picture Position

After selecting the picture, you can adjust how it appears on your desktop. You have three options:

  • Fill Screen: This option will scale the image to fit your screen, possibly cropping parts of it.
  • Fit to Screen: This option will scale the image to fit your screen without cropping any parts of it.
  • Stretch to Fill Screen: This option will stretch the image to fill your entire screen, potentially distorting its original proportions.

Select the desired option by clicking on it. Take a moment to preview how the picture looks with each setting until you find the one that suits you best.

Step 6: Closing Preferences

Once you’re happy with your background picture and position settings, simply close the System Preferences window. Your new background will be applied immediately, giving your Mac a fresh new look!

Congratulations! You have successfully set a picture as your background on your Mac. Enjoy personalizing your desktop with beautiful images!

I hope this tutorial was helpful in guiding you through the process of changing your Mac’s background picture. Have fun exploring different images and making your desktop truly yours!

If you have any further questions or need additional assistance, feel free to reach out for support. Happy customizing!

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