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Use a random background image in Terminal Apps
I discovered this one accidentally. In Apple's Terminal.app, under the Terminal menu, choose Window Settings..., then select Color from the pop-up menu. Under Background Settings, you can set the background to be an image -- but you can also choose a folder instead of a particular image.

Set the destination to a folder full of images (and clicking Use Settings as Default) will cause each new Terminal window to use a different random image from the chosen folder. It's these "just works" features that make the Mac so cool.
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Use a random background image in Terminal
Authored by: rspress on Jul 17, '07 11:12:39AM

This is one of those I always knew it was there but never tried it until someone mentioned it kind of hints. I always had my terminal set to mimic a green monochrome monitor from the days of yesteryear. Dare I say I monochrome was the color of the day unless you had a vic20 or Commodore64 hooked to a TV or the way cool Commodore monitor. Now that I have terminal picking pictures from my desktop picture folder I kind of like it!



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Use a random background image in Terminal
Authored by: tricil on Jul 17, '07 12:34:32PM

wouldn't having images make the terminal text hard to read at times?



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Use a random background image in Terminal
Authored by: sgreiner on Jul 17, '07 04:44:13PM

It does make the text hard to read on top of some of my pics, so I'm going to use just a few pics that I will edit in a photo-editing program of some sort to add a heavy black tint to them. That oughta do it for my white text. Or maybe vice-versa, white tint for black text.



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Use a random background image in Terminal
Authored by: pckizer on Dec 04, '07 08:53:54AM

I had set up a set of random solid colors so that a new terminal was likely to be immediately visually distinguishable from the other open terminal windows but still a solid non-invasive background.

Unfortunately it looks like this was removed in 10.5, anyone found the way to do this in Leopard?



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Use a random background image in Terminal
Authored by: sgreiner on Jul 17, '07 04:48:31PM

One issue I noticed on my MBP after following your really cool hint is that every other window session I open contains the solid white background under black text I had before I altered the window settings preference (i.e. open Terminal, press Command+N repeatedly). Any thoughts? (OS X v10.4.10)



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Use a random background image in Terminal
Authored by: ethanh on Jul 18, '07 05:46:53AM

I believe that's where the "and clicking Use Settings as Default" part of the hint comes in.



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Use a random background image in Terminal
Authored by: Fairly on Jul 18, '07 05:40:37AM

Totally useless but OH SO COOL! Congrats on finding this one. It's just brilliant, isn't it! Thanks again.



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Use a random background image in Terminal
Authored by: sms on Jul 18, '07 07:42:21AM

Superb hint, thanks!

Is there also a way to change the proportions of the terminal window depending on the pictures proportions?

That would be kewl - editing all of them is a lot of work...

Thanks!

Regards,

cy

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DonĀ“t drink and root!



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Use a random background image in Terminal
Authored by: el heffe on Jul 21, '07 01:25:16PM

sweet! Now I can look at pr0n while using the terminal!



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