Then I tried to set it to a different one, another picture from the internet, by right-clicking and doing "Set as desktop background And now I can't change it.
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I also tried downloading this photo and a number of others, all jpegs but when I tried to open them to set as background directly from the downloaded file, it just said it couldn't, because the file was damaged or had an unrecognized format. Change the desktop to one of the defaults. Then drag the image file into the window. That should fix it.
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Yes I had this as well. Best thing to do is go to system preferences and then change it to one of the photos that apple provide, and then go back to the photo you want to use and try again.
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I tried resetting my laptop, using other photos but it just wasn't working. Then I tried this and it worked first time.
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I found out that my Macbook had changed it to the soil blue background and I went to the system preferences and went into the desktop and screensaver option and changed it to a background to like Yosemite and then changed it back to my background i had before it went blue and it worked. Sign up to join this community. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top. Home Questions Tags Users Unanswered. Why can't I change my desktop background? Ask Question.
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This is the photo I was using. Why not have your wallpaper change automatically? Before we begin please note that this feature will consume additional system resources compared to leaving your wallpaper set to a single image. If so, just repeat the steps to turn the feature off. The options for desktop wallpaper in macOS are located in System Preferences.
To launch system preferences, select it from the Apple drop-down menu at the top-left of your screen, or click the gray gear icon in your dock.