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Henning77 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jun 9, 2013 2:39 AM


I'm running the latest version of mountain lion on a macbook pro retina. I've set up the desktop wall paper to be one of my own pictures of the iPhoto library. It works pretty well until I switch off my computer and start it again. It always uses another old picture of mine. It is not bothering me since it is a minor bug. But I somehow can't believe, that such a sofisticated os like Mountain lion is unable to handle a desktop wall paper picture setting right. Any idea how to solve the problem?

  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,355 points)
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    Jun 9, 2013 2:52 AM (in response to Henning77)


    the path to the current Desktop picture is stored in theDesktop  preferences file in your User Library:


    You may want to trash the file:



    from your User Library and then log off and log on again. But this will require to rest all Desktop preferences again.


    In Mt. Lion your User Librry is hidden.

    To reveal it in the Finder, open Finder, select Go > Go to Folder, type ~/Library/Preferences and delete



  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,355 points)
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    Jun 10, 2013 5:11 AM (in response to Henning77)

    That is puzzling. Your User Library (the foler Library in your Home folder) is hidden but not the folders inside the Library.


    Try a different way to show your User Library:

    • Click on your Desktop to bring the Finder forward.
    • Go to the main menu bar and select the "GO" menu entry.
    • Hold down the alt/opt key ⌥, until "Library" appears in the drop-down menu.
    • Select "Library" to reveal and open the folder.
    • Then scroll don to the "Preferences" folder and remove


    Does that work?



  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,355 points)
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    Jun 12, 2013 4:03 AM (in response to Henning77)
    Is there sort of a Master Desptob backround?


    There is an alias to a Default Desktop in your System library:



    and that should link to:

         /Library/Desktop Pictures/Galaxy.jpg


    I would not touch these links, however.



    Since problem occured again after restarting, remove the systempreferences. plist as well:



    See this User Tip:


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