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Tile background images in Finder windows Desktop
If you want to tile the background image of all windows that look like "General", you can edit the following file with PropertyList Editor (or pico or vi or BBEdit etc):
~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.finder.plist
Search for 'icnv' and you should find a section that looks like this:
<key>icnv</key>
<dict>
... lines not shown ...
<key>BackgroundFlags</key>
<integer>0</integer>
... lines not shown ...
</dict>
Change the "0" below "BackgroundFlags" to a "1" (and save the change!) and then either logout and login or relaunch the Finder. When you do so, the image you place in the Global View Options will be tiled in the background of the Finder windows.

Sebastien

[Editor's note: This is distinct from the previous tip that discussed tiling desktop images, although closely related! In order to see the keys discussed, first go to the Finder, open a new Finder window, set it to view by icon, and specify a background image. You should now have the BackgroundFlags key in the com.apple.finder.plist file.]
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Global Good Enough
Authored by: Anonymous on Oct 21, '01 11:23:28AM

I'm afraid my brain light isn't on this morning. Global Views lets you set a picture (i.e. your desktop picture). Isn't that the same thing. Besides, looking at "icnv" in prefedit didn't show anything besides "icnv;" an additional line code wasn't shown.



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Finder vs. desktop
Authored by: robg on Oct 21, '01 12:38:18PM

This tip edits com.apple.FINDER.plist; the previous edits com.apple.DESKTOP.plist. This hack only affects background images within finder icon-view windows; the previous tip modifies your desktop background image to tile instead of stretch.

Did I understand the question right?

-rob.



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Finder vs. desktop
Authored by: Anonymous on Oct 23, '01 08:43:09AM

robg,

the "global" not only lets you set desktop pix but also use pix for folder backgrounds. isn't that what the author is trying to do with a hack? why use a hack when you can use the interface?

also, using prefedit i can see the incv value but it doesn't contain an argument.



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This tip works.
Authored by: enkidu on Jan 28, '02 12:34:42AM

Thanks! You do have to save the plist file and logout and log back in, a minor bother. Anybody know which app/process reads this file and how to bounce it? I think there would be an AppleScript way to do this...



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