First, you will want to find the family photo, screenshot, or other image that you plan on using as your Desktop Picture (otherwise known as your background or wallpaper).
If you have to search for an image online, save it to your desktop for easy access.
If you have a photo you want to use, consider doing the same, or making it easy to locate and right-click.
Once you have the image on your Mac, move to the next step.
Next, right-click the image, so that you can bring up the selection pane. On a MacBook, right-clicking is a two-finger click.
Scroll down to the bottom of the selection pane and click "Set as Desktop Picture."
Now, you can play with how the image fits your screen. To adjust how the image fits the screen follow the steps below:
- Click the Apple logo
- Click System Preferences
- Select "Desktop & Screen Saver"
- Select the option you prefer
They are many options for how the image appears on the desktop, all of which change the aesthetic and location of the image on your Mac's screen:
- Fill Screen- This option will make the image fit the screen, often cutting off edges if the image is a different size or shape than your screen.
- Fit to Screen- This option will allow the image to maintain its original size and shape, but you will have space on the screen that is filled by the color of your choosing. A small swatch will appear next to the "fit to screen: selection that you can click on, which will allow you to customize the color.
- Stretch to Fill Screen- This option will stretch the image in the necessary directions in a way that may distort the features within that image.
- Center- This option will center a smaller version of the image on your desktop. Like "fit to screen," this option will allow you to customize the color that surrounds your image.
- Tile- This option will create a tiled sequence of your image, so multiple of the same image fill the entire screen.
Try them out and see which one you like best! Once you have made your selection, you are free to enjoy your new background!