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ATPM 9.03
March 2003




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Desktop Pictures



The pictures presented here are courtesy of Jens Grabenstein. They were taken in June 2002 on a two-week road trip through California starting from San Francisco. The images reflect the cultural and natural diversity of this beautiful state.

Previous Months’ Desktop Pictures

Pictures from previous months are listed in the desktop pictures archives.

Downloading all the Pictures at Once

iCab and Interarchy (formerly Anarchie) can download an entire set of desktop pictures at once. In iCab, use the Download command to download “Get all files in same path.” In Interarchy, use HTTP Mirror feature.

Contributing Your Own Desktop Pictures

If you have a picture, whether a small series or just one fabulous or funny shot, feel free to send it to and we’ll consider publishing it in next month’s issue. Have a regular print but no scanner? Don’t worry. E-mail us, and we tell you where to send it so we can scan it for you. Note that we cannot return the original print, so send us a copy.

Placing Desktop Pictures

Mac OS X 10.1.x and 10.2.x

Choose “System Preferences…” from the Apple menu and click the Desktop button. With the popup menu, select the desktop pictures folder you want to use.

You can also use the pictures with Mac OS X’s built-in screen saver. Choose “System Preferences…” from the Apple menu. Click the Screen Saver (10.1.x) or Screen Effects (10.2.x) button. Then click on Custom Slide Show in the list of screen savers. If you put the ATPM pictures in your Pictures folder, you’re all set. Otherwise, click Configure to tell the screen saver which pictures to use.

Mac OS X 10.0.x

Switch to the Finder. Choose “Preferences…” from the “Finder” menu. Click on the “Select Picture…” button on the right. In the Open Panel, select the desktop picture you want to use. The panel defaults to your “~/Library/Desktop Pictures” folder. Close the “Finder Preferences” window when you are done.

Mac OS 8.5-9.x

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.

Once 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.


An alternative to Mac OS’s Appearance control panel is Pierce Software’s DeskPicture, reviewed in issue 5.10 and available for download.


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Reader Comments (5)

Randy Rust · March 10, 2003 - 02:25 EST #1
Do you have any idea how to make pictures you drag or import into the desktop pictures under OS X 10.2.4 so that they will stay there so you can use them like "Solid Colors" or "Abstract" and don't disappear every time you bring new pictures into the desktop? Thanks.

Lee Bennett (ATPM Staff) · March 10, 2003 - 23:15 EST #2
Randy - in the panel where you set a desktop picture, you'll see a pull-down menu labeled "Collection." From there, you can select other folders. You can either put all your desktop pictures in your ~/Pictures folder and choose Pictures from the Collection menu, or create a separate folder and select it by choosing "Choose Folder" in the Collection menu. That folder will then remain as a choice in the Collection menu in the future and all the pictures in that folder will appear in the samples below the menu.

FWIW, I do not know how many other folders this menu will remember. It's entirely possible it only remembers one, besides the ~/Pictures folder.
anonymous · July 13, 2003 - 06:15 EST #3
Can you put pictures and details together on one page? It would be easier for others to search.
Lee Bennett (ATPM Staff) · July 13, 2003 - 10:34 EST #4
For at least as long as ATPM's web design has used this current format, there's been an index of the desktop photos on one page. Here's the direct link. You can also get to it by clicking the Archives link at the top of any page and the the Desktop Pictures link on the sidebar. All other categories of items that have appeared in ATPM are also found on the Archives page sidebar.
Sam Iejo · May 19, 2007 - 22:47 EST #5
what kind of household food do you feed to small snapping turtles? I caught one and I don't want it to starve, so please tell me what to feed it.

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