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OS X's Desktop & Screen Saver panel includes a "Solid Color" selection, where you can choose from one of 10 different solid colors. But what if you want an all-white background? It turns out there are actually 11 solid colors on that panel; the 11th is all white, and is positioned just after the last light-blue panel. It's highlighted in the image at left (larger version) with a dotted outline, but you won't see that nice visual aid when you use the actual panel. And it won't work if you click on just any white space in the color area; you need to click directly in the box-sized area outlined.

[robg adds: I'm not sure why Apple hasn't highlighted the white box, as most people (myself included!) probably won't even realize it's there. An older hint explains a different techique (check the comments for further enhancements) for getting any solid color you wish as a desktop background...]
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Set an all-white desktop background
Authored by: masjones on Apr 12, '05 10:17:13AM

Just out of curiosity... Why would you want or need an all white desktop?



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Set an all-white desktop background
Authored by: rhowell on Apr 12, '05 10:29:32AM

Its great for taking screen captures.



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or use Screenshot Helper
Authored by: markl2 on Apr 12, '05 11:02:08AM

Screenshot helper is a nice freeware program that opens a big window with whatever you want for a desktop background. You can easily choose a solid color, including white, or any of the standard background images, or really any image at all. You then put the window you want to capture on top of it and take the shot.

This way you don't have to muck with your desktop settings just for taking a picutre.

Link: http://homepage.mac.com/katsura/pgs/ssh.html



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or use Screenshot Helper
Authored by: sjmills on Apr 12, '05 11:56:38AM

So rather than using a built-in desktop that's easy to set, you suggest going to the trouble of downloading an app and learn how to use it? I bet you're a developer, because it sounds like something I'd do. ;)



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Set an all-white desktop background
Authored by: zpjet on Apr 14, '05 06:02:36PM

i use max zoomed new window of textedit



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Why? Screen captures - but "Backdrop" is a great alternative
Authored by: ClassicUser on Apr 13, '05 04:09:21AM
White = neutral background for "clean" screen captures.

HOWEVER, there are much better solutions available, including Backdrop and Screenshot Helper

Why are these better? Instead of just a white desktop, which would still show your desktop icons, etc. on top of it, both of these actually create a full-screen floating white "layer". You can easily position this layer just "behind" whatever you're interested in, but "in front of" any other applications, desktop icons, etc. which you don't want to be in the screen capture.

Extremely useful - and yet easier to use than a simple desktop change, as well as more powerful. Check them out...

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Set an all-white desktop background
Authored by: kikan on Apr 13, '05 05:21:12AM

I've read somewhere (don't remember where, sorry) that white pixels on a LCD uses less power on a laptop than black one.

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Set an all-white desktop background
Authored by: freakindesign on Apr 14, '05 07:01:08AM

I have to use a white background when I am taking screen shots for the books I write.



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Set an all-white desktop background
Authored by: osxpounder on Apr 14, '05 03:25:43PM

Get Constrictor -- it does screen shots, it's super cheap, and it has preferences for putting backgrounds, your choice of color, in place of the desktop. Saves you the bother of changing Desktop settings.

http://www.sticksoftware.com/software/Constrictor.html

I'm not affiliated with it, merely impressed with it. Since my office already licenses Snapz Pro X 2 for me, I'm not even a user of it anymore. AFAIK, though, SPX2 doesn't let me change the background color behind captured windows.

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Set an all-white desktop background
Authored by: DavidRavenMoon on Apr 12, '05 10:34:19AM

Apple loved using an all white background at MacWorld Expo for a while, but boy it's way too bright! Gives me a headache!

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Set an all-white desktop background
Authored by: nickdynamite on Apr 12, '05 11:37:36AM

yeah, i didn't know this was here either but i don't think i've ever wanted an all white background - even an all black background hurts my eyes - something about that defualt soothing blue really makes my eyes relax...



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Set an all-white desktop background
Authored by: kirkmc on Apr 12, '05 01:00:42PM

As a prior poster said, screenshots. I use it often for books and magazine articles, where I want to shoot icons and menus, or windows and icons on a white background. Especially for books, where print is black and white.

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Set an all-white desktop background
Authored by: RichS on Apr 12, '05 01:37:41PM

In the past, iSight users have complained about poor color in low light. If you're in a somewhat darkened room and the only illumination on your face is a the glow from a blue desktop, of course the iSight will look off-color! Setting the desktop to white (or just using an empty folder opened to fill the screen) will greatly improve the light level and color temperature falling on your face. You can even set a slight magenta cast to balance the greenish fluorescent lighting found in an office.



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Set an all-white desktop background
Authored by: dksp on Apr 12, '05 03:57:42PM

I already had discovered this white background color when trying to add more colors to this panel. It's located there: /Library/Desktop Pictures/Solid Colors/Solid White.png

But I tend to qualify as an "Easter Egg" :)



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Set an all-white desktop background
Authored by: Peter Kappesser on Apr 12, '05 09:43:56PM

Instead of highlighting it, Apple could have simply placed the white chip in any other position, where its presence would be obvious.



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Set an all-white desktop background
Authored by: Anonymous on Apr 12, '05 11:10:23PM

Rename "Solid White.png" with a space at the beginning as " Solid White.png" and it will show up in the first position of the colors.



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Something weird.
Authored by: euskir on Apr 13, '05 01:25:27PM

I was trying to check this hint but something was wrong.
The only way to see the solid colors was as a centered cube. The preferences were remembering and old "command" to keep a picture at the center of the desktop. Solution: pick any picture and check "Fill screen", then you can go back to the "Solid Colors", and pick the one you want to use. That's all.



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Desktop picture prefs not sticking
Authored by: rajoftherings on Apr 13, '05 03:01:51PM

The all-white is interesting, but here's another problem. When I select an iPhoto Album as a source of desktop pictures, the folder isn't updated if I remove some photos from the album in iPhoto.

Stranger still, the thumbnails in the Desktop preference pane are updated, but the old, discarded photos will still come up if the background is set to change automatically.

I tried repairing permissions and even discarding the desktop pictures plist, but the problem continues. I haven't been able to find an Apple Kbase article about this....

Any hints/fixes/similar issues?

Thanks in advance,

Raj



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White Background
Authored by: mccallister on Apr 13, '05 10:27:40PM

I tried this and the results were not pleasant. When you go to your desktop the filenames are almost unreadable. I'll stick with the default blue wallpaper. Next hint please.



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White Background
Authored by: kirkmc on Apr 14, '05 05:33:52AM

You don't get it - the point is that, if you need a white background for screenshots, this is an easy way to set it up. Period.

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