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ATPM 5.08
August 1999



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Desktop Pictures

Niagara Falls

Welcome to the fourth installment of the ATPM desktop pictures series. This time our managing editor takes you to the Niagara Falls, both the Canadian and the American side. Unfortunately the weather was less than perfect, but we hope that you will still enjoy the pictures. If you have your own pictures that you would like to share with our readers or simply have ideas for nice backgrounds or scenery, let us know at ! As usual, we used Cameraid and GraphicConverter to prepare the photos. If you haven't seen the older parts of the series, they can be found here:

  1. Yellowstone National Park
  2. Drops
  3. Toronto
  4. Niagara Falls (new)

Next month’s issue will feature pictures from Monaco.

Placing Desktop Pictures

Mac OS 8.5 and Newer Go to the “Appearance” control panel. Click on the “Desktop” tab at the top of the window. Press the “Place Picture...” button in the bottom right corner, then select the desired image. By default, it will show you the images in the “Desktop Pictures” subfolder of your “Appearance” folder in the System Folder, however you can select images from anywhere on your hard disk.

After you select the desired image file and press “Choose,” a preview will appear in the Appearance window. The “Position Automatically” selection is usually fine. You can play with the settings to see if you like the others better. You will see the result in the little preview screen.

If you are satisfied with the selection, click on “Set Desktop” in the lower right corner of the window. That’s it! Should you ever want to get rid of it, just go to the desktop settings again and press “Remove Picture.”

Mac OS 8.0 and 8.1 Go to the “Desktop Patterns” control panel. Click on “Desktop Pictures” in the list on the left of the window, and follow steps similar to the ones above.

Random Desktop Pictures If you drag a folder of pictures onto the miniature desktop in the Appearance or Desktop Pictures control panel, your Mac will choose one from the folder at random when it starts up.

DeskPicture An alternative to Mac OS’s Appearance control panel is Pierce Software’s DeskPicture, available here.


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Reader Comments (1)

Jill · December 20, 2002 - 02:00 EST #1
These pictures are great! Thanks for sharing.

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