Welcome to our guide on how to personalize macOS 10.14 Mojave. The latest version of the Mac operating system, macOS 10.14 Mojave, comes with a beautiful and functional user interface – so much so you can be happy with the standard options.
However, the MacOS wallpaper (and other interface elements) can also be customized to your personal taste. In this guide you will find how to customize the macOS Mojave, from simple changes such as switching backgrounds to more advanced features with Windows and Dock.
All of these steps can be reversed and should not affect the daily operation of macOS, but be sure to save and close any open files and run a full Time Machine backup before proceeding. This will allow you to restore your Mac default settings in the future if you wish.
1. Changing the Desktop Background
One of the easiest changes you can make with macOS Mojave is to switch to another wallpaper. You can either choose another of the standard wallpapers offered by Apple or a photo from your photo library.
To get started, right-click the desktop and select "Change Desktop Background". From here, choose one of & # 39; Desktop Pictures & # 39; that comes with Mojave or goes to & # 39; Folders & # 39; on the left and select & # 39; Pictures & # 39; to create one of your own personal images as a background.
If an image is not designed originally as a desktop background, such as a family photo, it may not be displayed correctly. Check the & # 39; Stretch & # 39; and macOS will automatically resize it to fit the screen.
2. Tweak Dock
If you value your space, Dock can be configured to disappear when not in use. Go to System Preferences> Dock and select & # 39; Auto Hide & Show Dock & # 39;.
You can also hover your mouse over the Dock, right-click and select & # 39; Turn on Hiding on & # 39 ;. From here you can also choose to change the position of the Dock from the bottom of the screen to the left or right.
To further customize the Dock, right-click the icon for any program and select "Hold in Dock".
You can also rearrange the order of items in the Dock by clicking and dragging the application icon to the left or right. You can also use this to remove standard macOS icons such as Safari, and always display icons for your favorite programs like Mozilla Firefox.
3. Customize Finder
Once you have tweaked the Dock to satisfaction, you can also configure the Finder to display your favorite folders. To get started, click Finder> Preferences and check the box next to any folder you want to automatically appear in the route, such as photos.
If you have a special folder you access regularly, you can also drag it into the left hand pane, and the Finder will create a shortcut you can click to access later.
Use the "View" menu to select how files and folders are displayed. Select View View Options to view specific information on each folder. Click the radio button next to & # 39; Icon Size & # 39; to enlarge icons in that folder.
4. Customize Icons
You can create a custom icon for all files or folders with their own images, icons downloaded from the web or the icon from another folder.
To get started, first open the image you want to use an icon in Preview. Then select Edit> Select All and then Copy.
Open the Finder and navigate to the folder or file whose icon you want to change. Right-click the file / folder and select & # 39; Get Info & # 39 ;. Click on the image of the appropriate icon, then press Cmd + V on the keyboard to paste the new
Icons can also be marked. Go to the appropriate folder, right-click and scroll down to "tags" to choose your preferred color.
5. Enable High Contrast Mode
If you are invisible or just prefer a more straightforward layout to the MacOS desktop, enable the "High Contrast" mode.
This makes the desktop easier to see and is no doubt easier on the eyes. To try this feature, open System Preferences> Accessibility. Scroll to "Screen" and increase "Screen Contrast" as appropriate.
You can also check other boxes such as "Increase Contrast", "Reduce Transparency" or "Use Grayscale". You can also increase the size of your cursor from here.
6. Changing your screensaver in MacOS
Your Mac should always reflect your personality, even when you are away from it. This includes selecting a screen saver to suit your taste.
To get started, open System Preferences> Desktop and Screen Saver. Click on Screen Saver and select an option. If you can't do it, choose & # 39; Use Random Screen Saver & # 39 ;.
Here's how the system will choose another screen saver every time you are away from your Mac.
By default, Mojave will turn off the screen completely after 10 minutes of inactivity. If you want the screen saver to appear before this happens, click the "Start after" drop-down menu and select shorter time, such as five minutes.
7. Take the dashboard back
By default, the Dashboard feature is disabled in MacOS Mojave. Fortunately, it is very easy to reactivate, as it is a great way to gather important information such as weather, stock quotes and stickies.
To start using Dashboard again, open System Preferences> Mission Control. Under & # 39; Dashboard & # 39; click on the drop-down menu and select & # 39; Overlay & # 39; or & # 39; Like space & # 39 ;.
To pull up the dashboard at any time, just click & # 39; F12 & # 39 ;. If this doesn't work, try & # 39; Fn + F12 & # 39 ;. Press "Esc" to hide the overview.
8. Choose your Avatar
When you create a user account in MacOS Mojave, the system will automatically assign you a login image as a tennis ball.
You can change this to another system avatar or even one of your own photos if you prefer.
First go to System Preferences> Users and Groups. Click on the login screen to choose between the system settings.
To use a separate image, open Finder and navigate to its location, e.g. Downloads. Next click and drag the image over your current login image; macOS will automatically switch to your image. You can switch back to a system image at any time by clicking and selecting one of the default images instead.
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