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10.7: Different Desktop Picture on Each Space Desktop
Lion allows you to set a different desktop picture in each space.

All you need to do is open System Preferences in the first space whose desktop you want to change, open Desktop & Screen Saver, and select a picture.

Then enter Mission Control, drag System Preferences to another space, and go to it. Change the desktop picture here, and you'll find it only affects the current space. And these changes are maintained between restarts, even if you choose not to 'Reopen windows when logging back in.'

Simple and somewhat intuitive, yes, but not necessarily obvious.

[crarko adds: That's actually pretty slick, and useful.]
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10.7: Different Desktop Picture on Each Space
Authored by: mb86 on Jul 25, '11 08:25:06AM

The wallpapers do not persist if you remove a space and later re-add it however.



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10.7: Different Desktop Picture on Each Space
Authored by: simplebeep on Jul 26, '11 03:27:27PM
This is absolutely true. In Lion, spaces and their desktop pictures are identified by UUIDs internally, rather than by number or by position on a grid. When you delete one, it's actually removed, and its UUID is (as far as I know) forgotten. Thus, it loses your fancy picture choice. Really the only solution is to not go around deleting spaces, unfortunately.

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10.7: Different Desktop Picture on Each Space
Authored by: usovalx on Jul 25, '11 08:28:06AM

Just right-click desktop, select "Change desktop image" or whatever the name is (sorry, not at the mac now) and set the background image there.

Close System preferences and repeat the process on another desktop. That sounds easier than dragging it around in MC.



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10.7: Different Desktop Picture on Each Space
Authored by: fresler on Jul 25, '11 08:31:24AM

You can also right-click on the desktop and select "Change Desktop Background"



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10.7: Different Desktop Picture on Each Space
Authored by: nowman on Jul 25, '11 09:21:37AM

On 10.6, I had my desktop set to rotate automatically through a folder of images (System Preferences --> Desktop & Screen Saver --> Desktop --> Change Picture Every 30 Minutes). When I upgraded, this setting was preserved, and I found that each space was automatically assigned a different image from the folder.





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10.7: Different Desktop Picture on Each Space
Authored by: rjhoover on Jul 25, '11 10:27:46AM

Doesn't work if you're running an app full screen in one of the spaces. It needs to be a space where you can see the desktop.



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10.7: Different Desktop Picture on Each Space
Authored by: Jwink3101 on Jul 25, '11 11:12:57AM

Is there a quick way to apply it to all spaces? What about the default for new spaces?



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10.7: Different Desktop Picture on Each Space
Authored by: poenn on Jul 26, '11 02:17:22AM

The fastest way I have found is to set the desired image for Space 1 and then close all other Spaces. Adding them automatically uses the image of #1.



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10.7: Different Desktop Picture on Each Space
Authored by: simplebeep on Jul 27, '11 08:23:51AM

The default desktop picture for each new space is that of Space 1. While I haven't found a quick way to apply the same picture to multiple existing spaces, you could

  1. Set the desired picture in the first space,
  2. Remove all subsequent spaces, and
  3. Add the spaces back in. Theyll take on the picture you set.

This is kind of a lame solution, but its all Ive found. If anyone has a better way, wed love to hear it!



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10.7: Different Desktop Picture on Each Space
Authored by: Burmitch on Dec 02, '11 05:52:53PM

I want to do the reverse: I want to know what to do in Lion so that the same desktop appears on all spaces, no matter how many I create.



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10.7: Different Desktop Picture on Each Space
Authored by: simplebeep on Dec 07, '11 09:55:20AM

That's simple: just remove your existing spaces, set the picture you want on Desktop 1, and all subsequent desktops will use that picture unless you set them otherwise.



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10.7: Different Desktop Picture on Each Space
Authored by: Mike Perry on Jul 25, '11 11:31:43AM

Correction: GeekTools seem to display fine under Lion, but I've yet to find a way to edit existing GeekLets. The developer is working on a Lion compatible version.

http://projects.tynsoe.org/en/geektool/download.php



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10.7: Different Desktop Picture on Each Space
Authored by: ceej on Jul 29, '11 01:02:26AM

Right-click on System Preference in the Dock and select Options -> Assign To -> All Desktops. Right-click on desktop and select "Change Desktop Background..." Swipe to each space and the app will follow you. (Though it will appear below windows from other active apps. If so, just click the dock icon.)

I have my settings set to change desktop pics every 30 minutes. (<http://macdesktops.com> has a great selection of desktop pics at a variety of high resolutions, including those for wide screen Macs) I found that you can set each desktop setting individually, including the options for "Change picture", frequency, and "Random order", but NOT "Translucent menu bar".

And no, you can not set the desktop picture for a full screen app because a full screen app has no desktop.



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10.7: Different Desktop Picture on Each Space
Authored by: ceej on Jul 29, '11 01:29:13AM

An addition to my previous post:

The quickest way to set all desktops is to do as I previously commented, but, with System Preferences active, select the menu item System Preferences -> Hide Others. The windows on each desktop will now be hidden so all you will see as you swipe through is the desktop and the System Preferences window.

To quickly set all desktops to the same pic, select the pic you want in System Preferences and as you swipe the window will remain in the same position with the desired pic selected. However, on each desktop you need to click a different pic and then click the desire one again. You can also use the right and left arrow keys. With one hand on the track pad and the other hand on the arrow keys, quickly swipe to each desktop. As the System Preferences window appears on each desktop, press the left then the right arrow key. Press -> press -> swipe. Press -> press -> swipe. <...repeat...> Boom! Done!



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10.7: Different Desktop Picture on Each Space
Authored by: Skylamar on Nov 06, '11 04:45:41PM

Hi. I don't know if this thread is dead, but I'm having some problems with Spaces (Desktops) in Lion and I don't know what I'm doing wrong. Here's my situation:

I created 7 Desktops (Spaces) and assigned about thirty apps to the different Desktops. I usually have about 15 apps running at once, not all 30.

Then I assigned a different Desktop background to each Desktop.

When I activate Mission Control, I can see the different background for each Desktop.

However, when I leave Mission Control, each Desktop shows the same background. When I type Control-left arrow or Control-right arrow to move to a different Desktop, that Desktop's specific background flashes for a second, but then goes back to the same background.

As for which background seems to be the one that is the same (that is, appears as the background of all Desktops): if I change the background of any Desktop, then that changed background image is what appears as the background for all Desktops. Again, the backgrounds still look fine in Mission Control.

I tried restarting my Mac to see if that would help. It didn't. In that case, because I hadn't changed any of the Desktop images, the background image from Desktop 1 is what's showing for all the Desktops.

Either I'm doing something wrong, or there's a bug, which would seem odd since it's a glaring problem.

If you have any suggestions, they would greatly appreciated.

Sky



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10.7: Different Desktop Picture on Each Space
Authored by: loren_ryter on May 10, '12 07:23:36PM

What you describe is happening here as well. I upgraded to Lion (finally) and set different desktop pictures for each space/desktop. It worked fine earlier, but after returning to my computer it insists on showing the picture for Desktop 5 for all desktops, after flashing the correct picture for a second when switching.



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10.7: Different Desktop Picture on Each Space
Authored by: Skylamar on May 10, '12 07:34:18PM

Loren, hi. I found out that my problem had to do with a software program called Path Finder. If you are using Path Finder then you need to change one of its settings. I can't remember which one, but I can check if you are using Path Finder.

If you're not using Path Finder then I don't have a solution.



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10.7: Different Desktop Picture on Each Space
Authored by: snorider on Jul 19, '12 11:24:20PM

Can you assign different desktop links to each space?



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