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ATPM 5.11
November 1999



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As the millennium comes to an end and winter approaches quickly, it’s time to remember the spoils of summer and drool over our sweet memories of warm weather. I hope that these pictures from the Bahamas (before it was hit by the hurricane) will stimulate your fantasy. As desktop backgrounds they will support your survival instincts while you are waiting for those blizzards to pass. Go to the download page! If you haven't seen the older parts of the series, they can be found here:

  1. Yellowstone National Park
  2. Drops
  3. Toronto
  4. Niagara Falls
  5. Monaco
  6. Montréal
  7. Bahamas (new)

Placing Desktop Pictures

Mac OS 8.5 and Newer Go to the “Appearance” control panel. Click on the “Desktop” tab at the top of the window. Press the “Place Picture...” button in the bottom right corner, then select the desired image. By default, it will show you the images in the “Desktop Pictures” subfolder of your “Appearance” folder in the System Folder, however you can select images from anywhere on your hard disk.

After you select the desired image file and press “Choose,” a preview will appear in the Appearance window. The “Position Automatically” selection is usually fine. You can play with the settings to see if you like the others better. You will see the result in the little preview screen.

If you are satisfied with the selection, click on “Set Desktop” in the lower right corner of the window. That’s it! Should you ever want to get rid of it, just go to the desktop settings again and press “Remove Picture.”

Mac OS 8.0 and 8.1 Go to the “Desktop Patterns” control panel. Click on “Desktop Pictures” in the list on the left of the window, and follow steps similar to the ones above.

Random Desktop Pictures If you drag a folder of pictures onto the miniature desktop in the Appearance or Desktop Pictures control panel, your Mac will choose one from the folder at random when it starts up.

DeskPicture An alternative to Mac OS’s Appearance control panel is Pierce Software’s DeskPicture, available here. You can also find a review of DeskPicture on this page.



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Reader Comments (5)

Anne · October 17, 2002 - 14:55 EST #1
Hi. This web site is very interesting! I like it. It is very helpful.
anonymous · November 28, 2003 - 21:02 EST #2
You have a pretty country. I would love to come visit. I'm going to beg to come this spring or summer. After looking at your pictures, I don't know what to say, other than where should I begin my tour when I get there?
John Herrera · January 17, 2006 - 14:36 EST #3
I liked the pictures they are cool hope some day i'll get to see it and take my own pictures
Kylee H. · March 21, 2006 - 16:33 EST #4
Wow, im doin this project to where i have to plan a vacation and this is deffinatly my dream place. I love the bahamas although i would like to go the Paradise Island.
tania valenzuela · February 20, 2007 - 20:21 EST #5
i love this photo i can't wait to go this summer.

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