Where Are My Default Desktop Pictures Located on Mac OS X Lion?

On a Mac, you can use your own photos as your desktop background or use art or photos you’ve downloaded from the Internet. You may be wondering, though where the default pictures are stored. Where do you find the default desktop photos on Mac OS X Lion?

Where do you find the Desktop Pictures folder in Mac OS X Lion?

Many of the old wallpapers that have been available by default in older versions of Mac OS X are now gone in OS X Lion. A few others have been added. Like many Mac users, I enjoy the easy customization that OS X allows. I do have to admit, though, that I really like the desktop picture set included in OS X Lion and I have yet to tire of them.

In fact, after several months of using Mac OS X Lion, I still get a kick out of rotating my desktop background using the default Lion desktop pictures.

You can see your desktop pictures (called wallpapers on Windows systems) in System Preferences, of course. But that’s not the same as having access to the desktop pictures in Finder. So where do you go to see the folder containing the actual JPG files?

In Mac OS X Lion, the desktop pictures are pretty much in the same place as older versions of OS X.  They’re in:

  •  Macintosh HD > Library > Desktop Pictures

Do the following steps to find the pictures.

  1. Open Finder;
  2. In the toolbar, click Go;
  3. Select Computer;
  4. In the Finder window, double click Macintosh HD (or whatever name you gave your hard disk);
  5. Double click the Library folder;
  6. There you’ll find the Desktop Pictures folder which contains, sure as eggs is eggs, your desktop pictures.

If you’re looking for Mac OS X Lion desktop pictures, OSX Daily posted a few on this post.

Was this post helpful to you? Let me know in the comments section.


18 thoughts on “Where Are My Default Desktop Pictures Located on Mac OS X Lion?

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  5. Thank-you so much!!! All of the other help forums were giving me code for Terminal that didn’t even work. Although I found out how to ‘un-hide’ system files, it never ended up helping me find what I was looking for.

    Thank-you for giving me a simple, straight-forward and uncomplicated answer that actually worked. 😉

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  11. Thanks. This was quite helpful. Now I know where my Library is and how to get to it. Macs aren’t quite as simple as they used to be….

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