Introduction: Screen Saver Wallpaper on a Mac

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in this Instructable, i will show you how to give your mac a screensaver instead of a wallpaper.

Step 1: Setup

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first, you go to Finder>applications>utilities>terminal. once you have a terminal window open, go back to finder WITHOUT CLOSING THE WINDOW and open system preferences and set your screensaver to the one that you want on your desktop.

Step 2: The Hack

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this is what you need to type in the terminal box:
/System/Library/Frameworks/ScreenSaver.framework/Resources/ -background
i suggest just copy and pasting it.

Step 3: Step 3

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actually there is no step 3. all i wanted to do here is ask for your vote in the hacks contest.  Much appreciated are subscribers, also. im just sayin


jcarnes (author)2011-11-20

to make it so that it runs in the background, you can make a shell script file and use the nohup command. then, you will still be able to use terminal, or be able to close out of it.

in terminal type:
cd Desktop
nano (whatever filename you want).sh

on the new screen, copy paste the code...
/System/Library/Frameworks/ScreenSaver.framework/Resources/ -background

then, press command x --> y --> enter

then type:

nohup sh (whatever filename you used).sh >/dev/null &

That should do it..

Very cool trick though!