One common way to personalize your desktop on a PC or Mac is to set a custom wallpaper image either through the system's menu options or from an image in a Web browser. Other customization options include adding shortcuts to the desktop or modifying the Start Bar or Dock.
The term desktop refers to the visual background of computer's main display when no programs are running. Both Windows and Mac OS machines have a desktop that is capable of displaying images, known as the wallpaper. To set a custom desktop wallpaper in Windows 8, open the Control Panel and enter the term "desktop background" into the search box. Click on the Change Desktop Background menu option to access a display that allows you to choose a picture from your hard drive to display. Windows also contains a feature for choosing multiple pictures and setting a rotation interval.
To set the desktop wallpaper on a Mac OS computer, open System Preferences, and click on the Desktop & Screen Saver button. Choose the Desktop tab and then select the image from your hard drive you wish to display. Set a desktop wallpaper from an image in a Web browser such as Chrome or Safari by right-clicking on the picture and choosing the Set as Desktop Wallpaper option. To set desktop shortcuts, right-click on the desktop and choose the New Shortcut option, then locate the appropriate program.