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Weekend DIY - Personalize Your Mac's Desktop

By November 9, 2012

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This weekend's Mac DIY project is a simple one: customizing your Mac desktop so it reflects your personality. We're going to concentrate on two aspects of customizing your desktop: the wallpaper and the desktop icons.

Weekend DIY - Personalize Your Mac's Desktop

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Apple provides a nice but limited collection of images that you can use for desktop wallpaper. Fortunately, it's not only easy to change the wallpaper, but also to create your own. For detailed instructions on creating your own desktop wallpaper, take a look at:

Desktop Wallpaper: Personalize Your Mac's Desktop†Wallpaper

Once you've set your desktop wallpaper, you can move on to the icons that represent folders, drives, and servers. If you don't see any drive icons on your desktop, you can enable them by following this guide;

Drive Icons Missing From Your Mac's Desktop?

Now on to the desktop icons themselves. You can create your own icons by using one of the many available icon building apps, but unless you have lots of time and a great deal more artistic talent than I have, using pre-made icon sets may be the way to go. There are tons of icons available, including both free and paid versions. I'm going to use a couple of free icon sets to demonstrate how to change your desktop icons, but you can use these same instructions for any icons. You'll find complete details here:

Personalize Your Mac by Changing Desktop Icons

One more thing, Once you finish your Mac desktop makeover, how about showing the world, or at least other About: Macs readers, what you've done. Stop by and share your desktops at:

Reader Stories: Show Us Your Mac†Desktop

 

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