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27 / 04 / 2015

Customize it!

In this article we will tell you some interesting tips - the way how to customize your Mac and make its desktop originally

In this article we will share with you some interesting tips, specifically, the way how to customise your Mac and make its desktop original.

Customisation of your Mac is an excellent opportunity to avoid the routine and make your Mac unique. Don't worry - you will never mess things up, the hardest part of these settings is to choose the favourite icon or choose where to place the dock board. 

So, how to change the icons?

It’s a little bit tricky to change such default icons as Finder, Trash, System Preferences, etc. You cannot say the same about the 3rd party applications.

1.    Find a folder, a drive or an application that you want to modify.

2.    Call “Get info”.

3.    Click and drag the icon that you want to use, and then release it over the existing icon.

The next easy way to customise your Mac is to change your user icon

Just go to System Preferences > Users & Groups, and then click the current icon. Please note that you can choose the default icons and photos from your own photo stream.

How to avoid unsightly pixelation of customised icons?

Icon files should be square, with a ratio of 1:1. For Mac computers without a Retina display, the recommended image size is 512 x 512 pixels, and for Retina display MacBooks or the 5K iMac you should use files of 1024 x 1024 pixels to avoid unsightly pixelation.

OS X uses a proprietary icon format with the ICNS file extension, but image files work just as well. Many icons that are found online have the PNG format, but even JPEG files will work. The key is to find image files that are big enough in the first place. If you’re using a Retina display, your choices will be limited to icon sets that are released within the last few years.

Place your dock board where you want

It has always puzzled me that OS X puts the Dock at the bottom of the screen by default. So you can choose Apple > Dock > Position On Right or Left, where you feel comfortable. 

Choose login items 

You can find this feature in MacKeeper. Just open MacKeeper on the upper-right icon on your screen and choose the Login Items feature. Here you can easily add or remove applications that you want to run automatically when you start your Mac.