Wallpaper & Other Changes to Transform the Appearance of Your Mac

All love the sleek and aesthetic appearance of the Mac. However, you can tweak some things to personalize and enhance the aesthetic appeal of your device. 

Wallpaper Change 

Head to System Preferences > click Desktop & Screen Saver to change the wallpaper, which will immediately change how your desktop looks. 

After selecting a wallpaper image, you can decide whether you want it to change automatically. Dynamic backgrounds for Mac ensure the desktop always appears aesthetically pleasing without getting monotonous. 

For the wallpaper to change automatically, you can set the frequency. Click the box next to Change Picture and then choose the desired interval. You can click next to the Random Order box if you want the wallpaper pictures to display randomly. 

Dock Spacers 

The Dock may get cluttered if there are too many app icons. You can make sense of things by adding a space between icons. 

The spaces are invisible and can be removed easily by dragging them from the Dock. Open up Terminal to enable a blank tile and type the command defaults write com.apple.dock persistent-apps -array-add ‘ {“tile-type “=”spacer-tile”;}’; killall Dock

After the execution of the command, the Dock will disappear momentarily and then reload with invisible tiles to create a space. 

You can drag the invisible tiles wherever you need to make space between app icons. 

Automate Using Hot Corners 

Go to the Desktop & Screen Saver preferences pane, and choose the Screen Saver tab to view the options for screensavers. Then, find Hot Corners at the bottom right of the screen. 

Hot Corners is a feature that allows users to utilize the four corners of the screen and invoke specific actions. You can assign specific actions to each of the four corners, such as opening the Notification or Launchpad, starting the screensaver, etc. 

Activate the specified actions by moving the mouse to the defined corner of the screen. 

Bespoke Color Scheme 

You can select a customized color scheme across Mac if you want to change the default blue. Go to System Preferences > General > change the Highlight Color to a different color. You will find eight choices in the menu but if you don’t like the colors, click Other. Here, you can choose any color from the color picker. 

You can change the applications’ menus, buttons, and windows to Graphite on the Appearance option. 

Menu Bar Customizations 

  • Battery percentage 

If the battery indicator on your Mac’s menu bar is nothing but an icon, change it to see more information. Then, when your system is plugged in, click the battery indicator and choose Show Percentage to get a reading charge. 

  • Add a date and seconds to the Time 

You can display more than just the time on the menu bar of your Mac. First, select the current time and choose Open Date & Time Preferences to expand things. Then, find a place to set the Date & Time in the main tab. 

Skip to the Clock tab to change the time from Digital to Analog or vice versa. You can also choose to Display the Time with Seconds, Use a 24-hour Clock, Flash the Time Separators, Show the Day of the Week, hide or show the AM/PM indicators, Show the Date on the menu bar, etc.

Besides these, there are several time options that you can explore. It would be helpful to have the date displayed on the menu bar, and also, the seconds will help you to be punctual. You must not forget to change the date format by going to the Language & Text pane. 

Customize App icons 

To give your Mac a makeover, customize the app icons and change them. Although there are utilities for this, you can manually change the app icons. 

You can download an app icon from the Internet. If the file is the standard .icns file, there’s no need to proceed to the following steps. 

  • Choose the .jpeg or .png icon and open the file with the Preview application. Then, click Edit > Select All > copy the selection. Please note that regular .png files will not work because they do not come with transparent backgrounds. 
  • Find the application you want to modify and choose it. Then, click Get Info. Alternatively, you can press Command + I. 
  • Change the icon by clicking the small icon in the app’s top left corner and then pressing Command + V. 


These are some ways to transform the look and feel of your Mac. It will make your system appear personalized and work according to your style. 

So if you are bored of looking at the same wallpaper or color scheme, you can follow the instructions mentioned above. Besides these, you can download and change the system sounds or even use your travel photos as wallpaper. 

No need to waste any more time! Go ahead and customize your Mac’s appearance. 

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