Use A Screensaver As Your Desktop Wallpaper [Video How-To]



Ever wanted to spruce up your plain, boring desktop? There’s actually a way you can use your screensaver as your desktop wallpaper. In this video, I’ll show you two different ways of going about doing this.

Terminal text:

cd /System/Library/Frameworks/ScreenSaver.framework/Resources/ -background

  • rawryree

    Tried the terminal method on Macbook Pro 15″ late 2008 unibody with OS X 10.7.2 and background stayed the same, no screensaver…

  • Joshua Erlund Dunbar

    In my efforts to do this and create a root user i discovered u can make the screen saver background permanent just with terminal (till u restart). If u enable root user and login via su – and then type in ur terminal commands the screen saver will stay as background even after closing down terminal only issue is it seems that the root user “standard” screensaver is set to one of them and cant be changed.

  • Luis Felipe García Acha

    With Wallsaver we can’t select our custome screensavers (the ones we downloaded and installed ourselves) can we? 

  • Marcos

    My Living Desktop is the better choice, of course.

  • ErinsDad

    It’s funny how if I read COM long enough, the weird ‘how-to’ stuff that keeps me up at night is solved.

    Thank you Michael!

  • Brandon Summers

    Hey Michael! Good job! :)

  • Michael Steeber

    thank you!

  • AliceOfForethought

    eh. a great way to needlessly use up system resources for something not too many of us look at.

  • John McCormick

    I look at my desktop more than I look at my screen while it’s blanked.