DIY Tips to Personalize Your Mac Desktop

So you have got a new Mac just now and are looking for some compelling ideas to personalize it so that you can match it with your personality. Several ways can help you to customize your Mac system without spending anything. You can add a sparkle to your device following these easy steps. 

Add a Brand New Wallpaper

Just imagine how changing wallpaper can change the entire appearance of your desktop. It can make your Mac feel fresh while giving you an all-new user experience. To change your wallpaper, go to General, Desktop and Screensaver, and then Desktop.  

Select an image from the Mac desktop themes or pick a solid color for your mac desktop backgrounds. Under the Dynamic Desktop section, select a wallpaper that changes dynamically every hour of the day.

You may also pick an image from your Photo library and set it as your wallpaper to get inspiration when you see it. To keep your stuff organized, you may store all the wallpaper images in a specific folder in iPhoto.

Once you select an image for wallpaper, you can have it automatically change after a set interval of time. Tick the Change Picture textbox, and select the frequency at which the Mac wallpaper must change, such as when you log in, every 30 minutes, every day, etc.

Tick the Random order checkbox if you wish to display all the wallpaper images randomly. You can download free Mac wallpapers from a trusted resource on the Internet. In addition, you will find various websites dedicated to Mac wallpapers only.

Add different motivational quotes that you think can give you the courage to complete even the most complex tasks. Sometimes, a one-liner or a personal experience is all you need to get started.

Alternatively, add interactive wallpaper of your favorite hobby or a travel destination that attracts you. Seeing something relaxing and calming will give you peace of mind throughout the day.

Set up a Custom Color Scheme

Mix and match different colors to create your high-quality customized color scheme. Go to System Preferences, click General, and then select new colors from the Accent color and the Highlight color sections.

The Ascent color option will set an updated color scheme that will reflect across menus, buttons, boxes, selections, and other elements. Highlight color settings will apply to the highlighted text in apps or browsers.

You can also switch to the Dark appearance from the General window. It’s one of the latest features available in macOS Mojave and recent versions. Selecting the Dark theme will give a dark appearance to the Dock, app windows, menu bar, and sidebar.

Customize Menu Bar on Mac

The menu bar is one of the powerful features that let users accelerate their tasks for a faster turnaround. Though the majority of users know what the Menu bar is all about, most of them are not familiar with its great functionality.

You can customize the Menu bar to make it more appealing and organized so that you can display more elements beyond the Clock. Click on the current time display, select Open Date & Time Preferences, and then set Date & Time from the main tab.

Click the Clock tab, change the Time options from Digital to Analog, tick the Display of the seconds’ checkbox, and check Use a 24-hour clock checkbox. Next, hide Show AM/PM by unchecking it.

In the Date options, tick the Show the day of the week checkbox and Show date checkbox. Also, you can set your Mac to announce time by ticking the checkbox associated with Announce the time: option. It will start announcing time on selected intervals among quarter, full, or half-hour.

Change App Icon on Your Mac

Now, this is something that will give your Mac a complete makeover, and it’s truly lovely that you can change the app icons, isn’t it? Download an icon from the Internet on your Mac; believe it, there are hundreds available out there for free.

Changing an app’s icon in Mac is pretty simple, and you can do it in a few straightforward steps. Select a JPEG or PNG icon and open it in the Preview. Go to Edit, then click Select All, and copy the selection. Regular PNG files don’t work because they sometimes lack a transparent background.

Next, select the app you wish to modify, go to File in the menu bar, and click Get Info. Alternatively, press down the keyboard shortcut Command + I to get through the Get Info option. Now click the icon displayed in the app’s top-right corner and paste the new icon by pressing the Command + V keys together.

If you wish to remove the custom icon anytime in the future, launch Finder, select the program, click on File in the top toolbar, click Get Info, select the icon and press the Delete key on your Mac keyboard.