How to Automatically Change Desktop Picture Every Hour in Mac OSX Lion

Say goodbye to wallpaper fatigue.

Mac OSX Lion has a handful of new and wonderful looking desktop pictures built in. Of course, you can still enhance (or ruin) how your desktop looks like by changing your desktop background or jazzing up your icons.

Mac OSX Lion has a lot of good looking wallpapers built in. If you want, you can make your Mac change its desktop picture automatically on a regular basis.

If you want you could make your desktop cycle through desktop backgrounds or wallpapers automatically by tweaking your Mac’s preferences.
See how after the jump.

Changing your settings to make Mac OSX change your desktop picture regularly and automatically is easy. You may do the following steps to activate the feature.

In System Preferences, click Desktop and Screen Saver to change your wallpaper options.

  1. Launch System Preferences
  2. Select Desktop & Screen Saver
  3. Select Desktop at the top of the System Preferences window
  4. At the bottom of the window, check Change picture
  5. The drop down menu to the right of Change picture will be selectable. Click that.
  6. When the drop down menu appears, select Every hour.

Select how often you want Mac OSX to change your desktop picture.

You can make the desktop picture to change automatically every 5 seconds, 1 minute, 5 minutes, 15 minutes, 30 minutes, or one hour. You can even make Mac OSX change the desktop background each time you log in or whenever you wake it from sleep.

You can choose the default Apple folder in the left pane if you want your Mac to cycle through those pictures. If you get tired of that you can add a folder to the choices by dragging a folder from Finder to the left pane in the Desktop & Screen Saver preferences.

Now, when you’re frittering away your time doing nothing, you can simply enjoy looking at your desktop and waiting for the desktop picture to change. All you have to do is activate the Change desktop feature and fitter away.

This method works in Mac OSX Tiger, Leopard, Snow Leopard.

  • If you miss the old wallpapers for Mac OSX Tiger, get them here.

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