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Set desktop picture via drag and drop Desktop
If you want to quickly change your desktop picture to a random image you have somewhere on your Mac, you can simply drag that image into the desktop image preview panel in the Desktop tab of the Desktop & Screen Saver System Preferences panel (see image at right). I find this much easier than adding a folder to the list and scrolling through to find the photo you wish to use.

[robg adds: This older hint referenced a simple app you could use to do this for you -- drag and drop to the app, and the desktop image was set. It doesn't appear, however, that the app is available any longer. I also thought we had this method documented here already, but I couldn't find it, so here it is!]
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Set desktop picture via drag and drop
Authored by: Cardiakke on Aug 14, '06 08:51:15AM
I use DeskDecal from http://mistatree.org/Freeware/DeskDecal/

Works well. Drop an image on the icon in the Dock

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Set desktop picture via drag and drop
Authored by: rbrough on Aug 14, '06 08:55:25AM

I went even more simple - I made an automator plugin, so that I simply right click (or ctrl-click) and image in finder, and then use the automator plugin with no dragging or dropping needed.

Cant remember the workflow bits now (stuck at horrible work PC) so will add later.

R



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Set desktop picture via drag and drop
Authored by: leamanc on Aug 14, '06 11:16:24AM

This has been a standard feature since Mac OS 8 (at least). Back then, you could even drop a folder of pictures in the window, and you'd get a new image from the folder everytime you restarted/logged in. I haven't tried it in a while, but I bet that behavior is the same all the way up through 10.4.7.



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Set desktop picture via drag and drop
Authored by: kylos on Aug 14, '06 02:49:41PM

It's called a well, a place to drop something, hence the inset appearance; in this case, an image well. It's a standard OS X gui component that any developer can include in an application. It's purposely designed to accept drag and drop actions so this really isn't that amazing.



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