Got an Apple, Mac, or iOS tech question? We've got the answer. In this week's Ask, we'll show you how to further customize your Mac's desktop background by modifing the contents of the Desktop Pictures folder.
I was wondering how to add my own photos to the Desktop Pictures folder that is listed in System Preferences on my iMac. I would also like to remove at least one photo that comes up (the zebra eye creeps me out). I currently have the background set to change every 24 hours, and I want to mix in a few of my photos.
Those desktop pictures are in a folder that’s tucked away, but you can easily reach it by doing this:
1. Open a Finder window.
2. Press Command + Shift + G (or select Go > Go to Folder...).
3. In the dialog that appears, type in “/Library/Desktop Pictures/” and press Enter or press the “Go” button.
The Desktop Pictures folder contains all of the Apple-included desktop images.
The Finder window will open to the Desktop Pictures folder, allowing you to add, edit, and remove the files that are contained inside. Note that when deleting or adding files to this folder, you may be required to enter an administrator password due to it being a system-owned folder.
However, if you're only interested in seeing your own photos as backgrounds, you can simply go to the Desktop & Screen Saver system preferences, hit the + button in the lower-left corner, and then select the folder that contains your photos.
Say goodbye, zebra eye!
Ask is written by Cory Bohon, a freelance technology writer, indie Mac and iOS developer, and amateur photographer.