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10.4: Quickly set desktop image using Safari 3 Web Browsers
This is a very basic tip, but one i have been using often since the release of the Safari 3 public beta.

Instead of navigating to System Prefrences, or control-clicking on the Desktop to bring up the desktop image menu, simply drag the image you want to use as a desktop image onto the Safari 3 icon. When the image opens, control-click on it and select Use Image as Desktop Picture from the pop-up menu. I find Safari a lot quicker to load, and I find that this makes for a very quick way to change your desktop.
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10.4: Quickly set desktop image using Safari 3
Authored by: MacPaddy on Jul 20, '07 08:24:42AM

Never knew that... very interesting. I still prefer to use an Automator workflow for even quicker desktop picture changing.



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10.4: Quickly set desktop image using Safari 3
Authored by: morespace54 on Jul 20, '07 08:44:44AM

An even faster method would be to browse your image with Firefox (online or off-line), then right-click the image (or CTRL-click) and select "Set As Desktop Background" from the contextual menu...



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10.4: Quickly set desktop image using Safari 3
Authored by: Unsoluble on Jul 20, '07 10:14:17AM

That's exactly what this hint is suggesting, except with Safari instead of Firefox. :)



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10.4: Quickly set desktop image using Safari 3
Authored by: Fairly on Jul 21, '07 01:32:47PM

Launch Safari? Automator workflow? How often are you changing your desktops anyway?



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10.4: Quickly set desktop image using Safari 3
Authored by: TimBonnici on Jul 21, '07 09:34:39PM
I was going to post that you could just ctrl-click on an image to do this but then I realised that this functionality on my Mac is provided by Unsanity's FruitMenu which adds a Use As Desktop Picture to the Finder's contextual menu in addition to a couple of other pretty cool things. It's practically worth the $10 for the Gather Selected Items In A New Folder command, which I use all the time.

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10.4: Quickly set desktop image using Safari 3
Authored by: gil47 on Aug 18, '07 08:48:34PM

This works in most applications displaying an accessable picture.
Try it in Preview, and most browser windows.

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Gil Heroux



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10.4: Quickly set desktop image using Safari 3
Authored by: ddixon752 on Oct 21, '08 12:23:20PM

OK, now - is there a way to disable this? I manage three labs in a school. Our IT folks won't let us use Managed Client so as an alternative we use Parental Controls to keep students from getting into System Prefs, etc. However, they've discovered this trick and keep setting our desktop patterns to other pictures. So can this be turned off? Failing that, is there a way to reset the desktop pattern to the default upon login??? Automator, maybe???



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10.4: Quickly set desktop image using Safari 3
Authored by: ecco on Oct 21, '08 01:15:09PM

write-protect the file ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.desktop.plist and changing the desktop isn't possible anymore.



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10.4: Quickly set desktop image using Safari 3
Authored by: ddixon752 on Oct 23, '08 09:26:12AM

Fantastic suggestion! Thanks!



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