Change Mission Control And Dashboard Backgrounds In Mac OS X Lion

Mac: If you’re not a big fan of the grey fabric background that lines Mission Control (and some other parts of OS X Lion), our favourite hackintosher tonymacx86 has figured out how to change it and it’s pretty easy. Here’s how to do it.

Not-so-deep down in your system hides CoreServices, where many of the invisible apps of OS X are kept. To change the background, we just need to get to You can find it here:


Right-click it and choose Show Package Contents. Then you’ll need to drill down a little further to find the default background image:


Just rename that file to defaultdesktop-old.png and save another 256×256 patterned image called defaultdesktop.png in its place. If you’d prefer, however, to use a non-repeating image and a proper desktop wallpaper, you can do that as well. Just rename defaultdesktop.png but don’t replace it. Instead head back into the CoreServices directory (where you found and replace DefaultDesktop.jpg with one of your choice. You can also replace the Dashboard background by replacing the file named pirelli.jpg. Pretty neat!

Change the Mission Control Background in Lion [Tonymacx86 Blog]

The Cheapest NBN 50 Plans

Here are the cheapest plans available for Australia’s most popular NBN speed tier.

At Lifehacker, we independently select and write about stuff we love and think you'll like too. We have affiliate and advertising partnerships, which means we may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page. BTW – prices are accurate and items in stock at the time of posting.


One response to “Change Mission Control And Dashboard Backgrounds In Mac OS X Lion”

Leave a Reply