Switch Between Background Effects In Launchpad [OS X Tips]


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OS X Lion’s new Launchpad feature isn’t exactly known for its customizability. The whole point is to give Mac noobs more familiar with iOS than OS X a way to effortlessly interact with their Mac, with little drama or tweaking. One of the few things in Launchpad you can tweak, however, is the way your desktop background is displayed on it. By default, Launchpad defaults to blurring it, but if you want to deblur it (or even turn it into a nearly black-and-wite), it’s just a short keystroke combo away.

To change between background effects in Launchpad, just load it up and hit Command + Option + Control + B. Doing so, you can can change it between blurred, unblurred, desaturated and desaturated and blurred, like so:


Not shabby, huh? Thanks to Marco for the tip!



  • FriarNurgle

    Not sure if background is for Valentines Day 
    Or poster has a thing for parrots being sexually abused by orangutans

  • brownlee

    It’s a print by the excellent artist Walton Ford, and I’m not sure where you see SEXUAL abuse. 

  • FriarNurgle

    Why else would an orangutan strangle a parrot? Just look into it’s eyes.

  • MacGoo

    This is a well known print called “Sensations of an infant heart”. It’s depicting a moment from the childhood of John James Audubon.  I’m more concerned for YOU because of where your mind automatically went. And it’s a howler monkey, not an orangutan. 

  • MacGoo

    Full image here: http://28.media.tumblr.com/tum

  • Shaunathan Sprocket

    picture simtchure, why do you have so many icons on your dock?!

  • MySkyizBlue

    Very cool post appreciate this tip very much

  • MacGoo


  • FriarNurgle

    Wow, tough room. 

  • FriarNurgle

    Thank you for correcting me on my incorrect primate identification. Have a like.

  • Peter Aikins

    Is this meant to be permanent as it reverts to the original on reboot for me.