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Change the desktop picture from the Finder Desktop
I noticed on my system that the preference for the desktop background sometimes doesn't "stick". Sometimes (usually after one or two background changes) it's not possible to drag an image file onto the well. It's also a bit tedious to select your image folder everytime you want to have a picture from a different folder because the app only remembers the last chosen folder (yes, I've read the hint about editing the corresponding .plist file).

Here's how you do it easily and without any "hacking" whatsoever. Download Joakim Nygård's freeware app DesktopControl, save the app somewhere on your disk (give it a more original icon) and then drag it into the Finder's toolbar.

Now you can just drop any image file onto the icon and bingo, instant background switching! Works everytime.

[Editor's note: There are other tips here discussing auto-switching desktop picture software, but this little app is a great program to use if you wish to change the background image yourself.]
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