How to Customize Your Mac and Make it Appear the Way you Want

Over the years, Apple has made several changes to its interface, and all are amazing. Yet, people like to tweak macOS and customize it to their liking.

If you are among them, this post is just for you. Here, we will explain how you can customize your Mac even with System Integrity Protection (SIP) enabled.

What is System Integrity Protection?

System Integrity Protection (SIP) is a security technology introduced by Apple in OS X and higher versions. This security feature prevents malicious software from altering protected files and folders.

Before this feature, the root user was able to access the system folder and any app on Mac. However, with this feature enabled the access has been restricted.

Now, that’s come back to how to customer your MacBook. So, here are some simple tips and tricks for macOS customization.

How to Personalize your Mac and Quickly Change its Appearance?

Customizing macOS, the way you want is exciting and fun. To make it your own, you can use third-party tools or can visit dedicated sites. But we will not talk about them. In this article, we will learn how to use what Apple provides to personalize Mac.

For this tutorial, I’ll be using macOS Catalina 10.15. Using these steps, you can make changes to another version of Mac too. Now, let’s begin customizing the MacBook.

Before, that if you want to know how to clean Mac and keep it optimized. Readout the previous post on boost your mac performance with software

Changing Wallpaper Automatically

When it comes to changing desktop wallpaper, I am always excited. Having a new wallpaper each time I see the desktop or unlock my system is great. To change wallpaper in Mac, follow the steps below:

  1. Click the Apple icon > System Preferences, optimize your macChanging Wallpaper Automatically in system preference setting mac
  2. Look for Desktop & Screen Saver option and double click to open.desktop screen saver setting in mac
  3. Here, under Dynamic Desktop, select a wallpaper image and checkmark the option Change picture. If you prefer, you can change the default duration and can also get them in random order by selecting the Random order box.desktop pictures in mac, How to Personalize your Mac
  4. To keep things managed, use a specified folder where you save all wallpaper images. This way, you can use the new images also. As a Desktop & Screen Saver pane, always keep them updated.

That’s it, this way you can change the desktop wallpaper and can customize your macOS.

Activating Screensaver via Hot Corners

Using the above steps, you can change the wallpaper, but what about the ScreenSaver that you see when the screen is locked?

There’s a way to customize that too. To do so, under the Desktop and Screen Saver window, click the Screen Saver tab.

Activating Screensaver via Hot Corners

Here select the Screen Saver you wish to use and click on Hot Corner.

Hot Corners is a feature in macOS using which you can invoke certain actions from the corners. It can be launching a screen saver, Notification Center, etc.

start screen saver in mac, how to customize your Mac

To activate the desired feature, move the mouse to defined corners.

Neatly Organize Dock

Dock on your Mac can get quickly cluttered. Therefore, if you want to keep it organized, make some space between apps. For these spacers, the following command can be used. With the help of it, you can create an invisible tile and make space on the Dock.

To do so, follow the steps below:

  1. Open Terminal from Finder
  2. Enter:
    defaults write persistent-apps -array-add ‘{“tile-type”=”spacer-tile”;}’; killall Dock and press Enter
  3. Once the command is executed to bring changes into the Dock will disappear for a moment.

You will now see a neat and organized Dock with space.

If you want to change the theme from light to dark or you want to highlight text in yellow, purple, pink, etc. follow the steps below:

  1. Click Apple logo > System Preferences > General.

    change appearance of macos, Appearance changes in mac

  2. Here from Appearance, select the theme, change Accent color, Highlight color, and theme in Appearance setting
  3. Using these various options, you can change the appearance and can customize your Mac.

Alter Dock Position, Hide It, and Add Dock MagnificationWant a magnified Dock? Yes, follow the steps below:

  1. Click Apple Logo > System Preferences > Dock

    system preference dock, Change Appearance of macOS

  2. Here select the box next to Magnification.
    Magnification in mac setting
  3. From this window itself, you get options to change Dock position, appearance, and several other options.

Ways to Customize Menu Bar on Mac

The menu bar is not only for extra information, but you can use it to do some creative things also. Let’s see what you can do with the Menu Bar on Mac.

Add Seconds and Date to Time

Whether you want to display the date along with time or want to change the time from Digital to Analog, you can do it all in seconds. Follow the steps to learn how to do it.

  1. Click the current time displayed at the top bar > Open Date & Time Preferencestime preference in mac
  2. From the Date & Time window, you can change the time if incorrect. To change time, click the lock icon and set date and time formats or use Language and Region Preferences.
    However, if it is accurate, let’s move to the Clock tab.clock tab in macos
  3. Change the clock from Digital to Analog, use a 24-hour clock, or make any changes you want.clock Digital to Analog

Save Energy, Optimize Battery

energy saver in macos

Change the display turn off time when in idle state.

Put the hard disk to sleep and make other changes via the Energy Saver Menu.

To open it head to Apple Logo > System Preferences > Energy Saver.

turn off display setting

Setting Personal Preferences

Set your presets to change app icons, adjust spotlight, and much more.

Adjust Spotlight Searches

Want to hide private files from being searched follow the steps below:

  1. System Preferences > Spotlightspotlight in mac
  2. Privacy tab
    setting of spotlight
  3. Hit + button to add a folder or entire disc you don’t want to hide.

Moreover, adjust the way Spotlight displays results.

search in spotlight

 Changing App Icons

For this, you will need to download an icon.

Once you have it follow the steps below:

  1. Select the download .jpeg or .png and open it with Preview
  2. Hit Edit menu > Select All.
  3. Copy the selected region. Make sure you are using a .png with a transparent background
  4. Look for the app your wish to modify
  5. Right-click > Get Info
  6. Choose the small app icon in the top left and press Command + V

This way, you can change the app icon.

To remove the custom icon, right-click the app icon > Get Info > select the small icon and hit Delete.

That’s it using these simple steps you can easily customer your macOS and have all the fun. This way, you can even impress your friends and boast new ways to customize macOS.

We hope you enjoyed these customization tips and will use them. If you have some different tips, please share it in the comments box. To stay informed about such information, connect with us on our social network, and subscribe to blog updates.

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  • comment_avtar
    Akanksha Soni
    Wow. It’s been a few months that I am using Mac but was unaware of these settings. Thankyou!

    4 years ago
    • comment_avtar
      Preeti Seth
      Hello Akanksha, Thank you for your feedback 🙂

      4 years ago

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