Hi, this is Gary with MacMost Now. On Today's episode, let's explore changing the desktop background. So to change your desktop background, it's pretty simple. Go to 'System Preferences', and then you choose 'Desktop and Screen Saver'. An alternative way to get here is simply Control + click or right-click on the desktop and choose 'Change Desktop Background'. It takes you to the same place. Now, once you're there make sure you choose 'Desktop' not 'Screen Saver', and then you have a lot of different choices here. There's some standard Apple desktop backgrounds and many different categories here. You can choose any one of them simply by clicking on it, and it changes your entire desktop background. When you're setting desktop backgrounds using the 'System Preferences' you can also set a different one for every monitor you're using if you have multiple monitors. So, for instance, you can have one with a picture on it and another one with a solid color. In addition, there's also this very misleading one here 'Solid Colors', and you'd think there would be a color wheel where you can choose, but in fact there's only 10 different colored backgrounds that you can choose from. So you can choose your own image as a background, one of several ways, you can choose 'iPhoto' here and it will list the photos in your 'iPhoto' collection. You can even dig down by event and by albums. You can also look under 'Folders' and in there you'll find, by default, the 'Pictures' folder, which is in your user folder, 'Pictures' and you can see any photos that are in there. If you want your desktop background to be a recent photo that you took, you can create a smart album in 'iPhoto' that say, shows all your photos from the last month or two, and set that to be the folder which a picture is randomly chosen from. You can add your own folder filled with photos into here by simply selecting the folder, like this one called 'More Pictures', and dragging it into here. And, now you can select the photos in this folder and update the photos in there as you wish. Now, this gets very useful when you choose some of these other options down here. Here you can choose to change the picture and have it rotate, anywhere from 5 seconds to every day, or simply every time you log in or wake from sleep. So, if I change it to, say every 5 seconds, I'll see that this photo back here is going to change very quickly. And if you have an entire folder filled with pictures, you'll have these constantly rotating desktop backgrounds. Another way to have your own custom desktop background is simply take a photo from the 'Finder' here, and drag it into this area, then drop it. One of the things that bugs me about the 'Solid Colors' choices is that there's no black. Sometimes, on an LCD screen, it's nice to have a solid black background. That's how I prefer to work. So, how do you create your own? Say you don't have an image editing tool and you can't create a simple, just solid black background. One of the tricks I use is to simply screen-grab. So, I'm going to use the default Command + Shift + 4 to grab just a piece here, inside of the MacMost logo. And what I'm going to get on my desktop is this screenshot image right here, and I can just simply drag and drop that into here and I've got my black background. I can also, of course, add it to the 'Pictures' folder or any custom folder I've added here, so it permanently appears there. Also, if you ever want to alter what these default folders show, like 'Nature', 'Plants', 'Art', etc. you can go into your Mac hard drive level in the 'Library' folder and you'll find desktop pictures there. So, I also want to point out what happens with the screen-sizing choices. So, here I've selected a custom image and I set it to 'Fill Screen'. Now, if I change it to 'Fit to Screen', you can see it's more of a square-like image, so I've got the left and right cut off. I can change it to 'Stretch to Fill Screen' and it's going to distort the image. The 'Fill Screen' option will actually cut off parts of the top and bottom so that it all fits in the screen. I can also select 'Center' and it will show the image in its regular resolution here, centered, and I can select 'Tile' as well which doesn't work well with this image, but some patterns it will work great with. So, I know I'm going to get asked about using a video as your desktop background, and yes, there are ways to do it. You can use third-party programs. One such one is called Mach Desktop. So, if I run that it'll show me a Quartz animation that can be used as your desktop background, and actually, you can choose from many different Quartz animations there. It also allows you to choose a Quicktime video, either your own, or one that it has as a sample. We'll see what that looks like. And you can even choose a webpage like MacMost as your background and it'll just load up that webpage there on your desktop. It even has an option for adding desktop Widgets onto the background. So I hope you like this look at the various ways you can set your desktop backgrounds and create new background images. 'Til next time this is Gary Rosenzweig with MacMost Now.