How to change your Mac wallpaper

Your Mac includes many photos and other images that you can use as desktop pictures (wallpaper) to give your Mac a custom look. Or you can use your own.

Follow these steps to change the desktop picture used as the background of your screen. You can do it from from Photos, the Finder, or Desktop preferences.
 

Photos shortcut menu        

Change your desktop picture from Photos

  1. Open the Photos app.
  2. If you're using multiple displays, drag the Photos window over the desktop that you want to change.
  3. Control-click (or right-click) the image that you want to use.
  4. Select Share from the shortcut menu, then choose Set Desktop Picture from the submenu.

        Finder shortcut menu

Change your desktop picture from the Finder

  1. From a Finder window or your desktop, locate the image file that you want to use.
  2. Control-click (or right-click) the file, then choose Set Desktop Picture from the shortcut menu. If you're using multiple displays, this changes the wallpaper of your primary display only.

If you don't see Set Desktop Picture in the shortcut menu, you should see a submenu named Services instead. Choose Set Desktop Picture from there.

Change your desktop picture from Desktop preferences

  1. Choose Apple () menu > System Preferences, then click Desktop & Screen Saver.
  2. From the Desktop tab, select a folder of images on the left, then click an image on the right.

Desktop & Screen Saver preferences window

To add a folder of your own images, click the Add  button below the list of folders. For more information about the settings in this window, click the question-mark icon in the corner of the window.

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