Set A Screen Saver As Your Mac's Desktop Background

Set a Screen Saver as Your Mac's Desktop Background

Bored of those static desktop backgrounds and want something more animated? MacLife shows off how to use any screen saver as your desktop background with a little trick in Terminal.

First off, you need to move to a hidden system folder. In Terminal, type:

cd /System/Library/Frameworks/ScreenSaver.framework/Resources 

Then, type this command to start the screen saver:

./ -background 

That's it, your default screen saver should now run on your desktop. To stop it and return to normal, just close the open Terminal window.

Easy Mac Hacks: Set Screen Saver as Desktop Background [MacLife]


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