<firstimage=”//static.makeuseof.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/mac.jpg” />We’ve already given you a few tips and tricks on how to spice up your Mac desktop with apps like Pic-a-POD, Vladstudio Companion, Desktoptopia and DeskLickr. There are a few other ways you can adjust your desktop’s appearance depending on your needs.
From any easy way to change sidebar icons to automatically changing your wallpaper image, these apps make it more than easy to get it just the way you want, practically at the click of a button. Also be sure to check out the in-depth review of the popular, cross-platform wallpaper rotation app, Wally.
Refinery [No Longer Available]
Refinery gives you instant access to tons of tiny little tweaks and changes to your Mac’s appearance.
You can tweak the dock’s appearance or positioning and control window minimization.
You can also easily change your dock by drag and drop icons, dividers, indicators and more to get your dock just the way you want.
You can also download ready made docks to import from Leopard Docks.
With Refinery you can also easily tweak the Desktop icons size, font size, window title style, show hidden files, and more.
Other Finder options include changing the Sidebar icons and Toolbar icons, by dragging and dropping them onto the app.
You can also change the login window background, and system alert icons, also using the drag and drop method.
Any changes that you make can be easily reverted with the click of a button. Refinery is donationware, meaning you can use it for free for as long as you like, but if you find the app handy, you can also show your appreciation with a small donation to the developer.
Wallpaper Wizard Lite
Wallpaper Wizard Lite [App Store link] is available as a free download from the Mac App Store. The free version of the app does come with its limitations – namely you only have access to 100 of the available images. That said, the sets that are available are pretty impressive, divided into the four categories, animals, exotic, cars and nature.
There are several ways you can change your wallpaper using Wallpaper Wizard Lite. There is a mini-wizard where you can randomly shuffle between the available wallpapers, or even automatically change your wallpaper at specific intervals.
Alternatively, you can open up the main window of the program to select the wallpaper yourself.
Upgrading to the paid version gives you the ability to upload your own images, turning Wallpaper Wizard into the ultimate wallpaper manager.
Loginox is a great little free app which makes it extremely easy to change the image you see when you’re logging in to your Mac. If you’re bored with the default Leopard Aurora image, you can choose any photo of your liking by dragging onto the Loginox app and hitting Set new login image. If you decide you want to go back to default image, simply select, Reset to default image.
Desktop Calendar isn’t so much a wallpaper manager, as much as it gives you a quick and easy way to place a calendar over your wallpaper. The app is far from feature rich, but it gets the job done.
After downloading and launching the app, it displays a calendar on your desktop.
To move or alter the size of the calendar, hit the Desktop Calendar menu in the status bar and select Enter Layout Mode or use the shortcut Command-M.
Wlppr harnesses the power of Wlppr.com, a wallpaper repository updated on a daily basis. Sitting quietly in your status bar, upon launching, you can set the app to launch at startup and automatically change your wallpaper for you on a daily basis.
One drawback we noticed to using Desktopple is that if you use a gesture shortcut to show the desktop, Desktopple has no effect. Desktopple Basic is donationware, meaning like Refinery, you can show your appreciation with a small donation.
Do you have any tips or tricks on how to tweak your Mac’s desktop appearance for free? Let us know in the comments.