In this article I will be showing you how to personalize certain aspects of your Mac computer, such as customising Wallpapers and Screen savers, clock setting, and naming your Hard Drive.
Firstly lets start with naming your Hard Drive, so instead of it being called the default ‘Macintosh HD’ which I think is rather impersonal lets shake it up and add a custom name to make that computer really feel it’s your own.
1) The first thing to do is make sure that your Mac’s Hard Drive is showing on your desktop. If your HD is not already on your desktop go to your Finder toolbar and select Preferences > Show these items on desktop, and just make sure you highlight Hard Disks. Your Mac’s Hard Drive should now show on your desktop ready for personalisation.
2) Double click on the name of Macintosh HD on your desktop, be careful to click twice slowly.
3) After you have double clicked the name it will highlight in a colour (usually purple) and is now ready for editing! Delete the original name and add your own.
4) If you no longer want your Hard Drive to show on the desktop, just go back to step one and un-click Hard Disks from the list of items you want to see on your desktop and it will disappear.
Congratulation your Hard Drive now has a personalised name rather than the same name as millions of people around the globe!
Changing a Screen Saver on Mac
Screen Savers have been trending for quite some time now and show no sign of stopping, while I personally no longer use them they do inject that extra bit of personality for your computer. Changing a screen saver is pretty simple and you can experiement with loads of different types of designs.
1) On you Dock open System Preferences and click on Desktop & Screen Saver.
2) There will be two options to click, Desktop or Screen Saver – Choose > Screen Saver
3) Default Apple options will come up, select which one which suits you best. Once you have chosen which layout you prefer you can now add your own images, either from iPhoto or one you have selected from Google images.
4) When your image has been chosen you can now select a time after which you want your Screen Saver to pop up and start, a good timing is usually between 15-20mins but you can pick any time that suits you best.
How to Change Wallpaper on Mac
Basically very similar to activating a Screen Saver but even easier! Adding a wallpaper will activate an image onto your entire desktop screen and will be there permanantly until you change the image. Choose a favorite photo or a scenic landscape, whatever floats your boat as they say in England 🙂
1) On your Dock open up System preferences
2) Click on Desktop & Screen Saver
3) Click on the tab that says Wallpaper
4) As you will now see you will be presented by Apple’s default Wallpaper selections, choose from landscape, to animals and plants.
5) To add your own image drop your chosen image onto the square where it shows the current desktop picture, once dropped into the square it will automatically fill your desktop screen. If the drag and drop method isn’t for you then there is a folder on the left hand side menu that says ‘Pictures’ then browse though your photos and choose this way.
In part 2 of personalizing your Mac, we will be covering customising your Mac icons options and setting up and changing your Mac Time and Date display.
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